In 1949, George Orwell was in the throes of tuberculosis, but he managed to crank out one last grumpy, paranoid novel before he died. Published just months before his January 1950 death, 1984 is a gloomy satire about a repressive totalitarian state spying on its citizenry. It introduced the idea of Big Brother and inspired much dystopian literature over the past seventy years, as we’ve grown to embrace being spied on by gimmicky electronics with impenetrable user agreements and shady privacy policies. Barrington Library marks the book’s 70th anniversary with a two-day, two-part read-aloud of the classic 328 page novel. Register in advance if you’d like to read aloud, or just show up to listen.
The reading runs from 5:30pm–9pm on Monday and Tuesday.