I'm sorry, but when it comes to politics I am notoriously apathetic and usually reserve my heated arguments to things like why Princess Leia's Boushh persona in Return of the Jedi basically makes the same repeated sounds through her electronic mask yet they're interpreted as completely different words in the subtitles.
However, to millions, the recent swearing-in of Donald Trump as our 45th president of the United States was cause for much alarm and concern. Reflecting these mounting tensions of the future and the direction in which the country could be heading, the iconic novel of an authoritarian dystopia from George Orwell, 1984, took the top slot in Amazon's sales figures last week during the days following the inauguration ceremony.
It seems the turbulent winds of uncertainty are blowing readers over to pick up this classic 1949 novel and immerse themselves in the paranoid, tyrannical world of Big Brother and Newspeak for comparison. These skyrocketing sales are causing Orwell's nearly 70-year-old book to leap forward by more than 10,000 percent to become a runaway best seller again.
In my humble estimation, ANYTHING that gets people off their cell phones and Facebook to pick up a timeless piece of literature is a moment to celebrate ... and if it's comforting or informative to frightened folks, then bravo.
After being out of stock for more than a week, publishers at Penguin were feverishly reprinting more copies of the Signet Classics title to keep up with the unprecedented demand, and as of this past weekend, 1984 is back in stock starting Friday, February 3.
Are you thinking of grabbing a copy of Orwell's disturbing anti-Communist novel or considering re-reading the old paperback on your shelf?