Dystopian nightmare (troibun) Daily Moments February 11 2017

In 2009 she moved to Montréal and the French translation of The Road by Cormac McCarthy(2006) had just come out. Her manager told her about the book, so she decided to read the original novel in English.  It stunned her how her manager kept saying how many people enjoyed this book, so she pursued.  Each chapter was still dark and depressing and by the time she finished the book all she could think was, “That was a waste of my time. I can think of many things to do to feel depressed that takes less energy.”

Now she is reading 1984, George Orwell (1949).  She never read it in school or college like many of her colleagues but perhaps the timing is right. She started reading it in December but had to stop for awhile since it was so disturbing. It reminded her a bit of The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, another novel that took months to complete…so depressing but well written.

If one looks at the news, reads articles on the internet and the election results of her neighbours in the South, it all seems to come together in a very very bad way.

 

Troiku

The Road
nineteen-eighty-four
the spirit dies

The road
disturbing nightmare
abuse of power

nineteen-eighty-four
Trumped up lies
making history

the spirit dies
stripped of free thinking
in a shadow world

©Tournesol’17/02/11

Daily Moments – February 11 2017 – Dystopian Nightmare

15 thoughts on “Dystopian nightmare (troibun) Daily Moments February 11 2017

  1. I found The Road utterly depressing too. What a ghastly vision. It seems to me that so many people are fixed in negative thinking and have a subconscious thought that we live in ‘end times’. They like this kind of stuff because it resonates with their deepest fears. Just some thoughts…

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  2. You are right…. I liked the troiku a lot.Especially the one verse! Also since we talked about it last, I was surprised to learn that 1984 was written in 1944. I thought it was written closer to the time I read it originally. I should probably read it again.

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    1. You can get it for under $2 on kindle which I like because when I forget what something means, I just point on that word and it explains the meaning and history. EBooks are great to read in another language since the dictionary is within the reader.

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      1. I’m still not finished…I can only read a bit at a time so I don’t get too depressed. I find Orwell was way ahead of his time writing this what many authors are writing in this millenium. Whatshis name’s behaviour gets scarier when you compare to some of his philosophies. I wonder if WHN ever read this book or if it is his template for governing. It’s an easy enough book to read, no big words…yeah, I think he may have read it (smiles)

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