Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Sales of George Orwell's 1984 Surge After Kellyanne Conway's 'Alternative Facts'

Comments made by Donald Trump’s adviser have been compared to the classic dystopian novel, pushing it to become the sixth best-selling book on Amazon

Via That wonderful British news publication, The Guardian

Here's the lede, peeps:
Sales of George Orwell’s dystopian drama 1984 have soared after Kellyanne Conway, adviser to the reality-TV-star-turned-president, Donald Trump, used the phrase “alternative facts” in an interview. As of Tuesday, the book was the sixth best-selling book on Amazon.
Comparisons were made with the term “newspeak” used in the 1949 novel, which was used to signal a fictional language that aims at eliminating personal thought and also “doublethink”. In his book Orwell writes that it “means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them”.
Read the full Guardian piece here, peeps:
As a courtesy to those WCF readers who don't already have a dog-eared copy of Orwell's Magnum Opus in their home libraries, we've helpfully added an Amazon "purchase link" in our left sidebar.

Here's an added "graphic teaser." peeps:

Added bonus for Ogden City residents! I just spoke with my friend Marcy Rizzi, the proprietor of Ogden's most excellent Booked on 25th bookstore 147 25th St, Ogden, UT 84401, who informs me that she has "a couple of copies" on her shelves right now! Moreover, Marcy informs us that "there is free shipping if customers choose the option to pick up at the store."

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