Dignity of emotion #BookBytes

It was entirely by chance that I picked up this book from the library at our office.

Many times, I’d browsed through the small number of books. Most of them are non-fiction ones, dealing with technical or business mangement topics. There are a few fiction ones too, that were mostly contributed by colleagues.

On that particular day, I happened to check the racks again and my eyes fell upon this book. I was intrigued by the unusual name ‘Nineteen Eighty Four’. I wondered what might it be that happened in 1984 and proceeded to read the blurb. I was stuck by the events described , they felt strangely similar to the times we’re in! And, there was no way I was going to NOT read the book!!

I was also fortunate that this happened just before the lockdown was announced 🙂 I havent finished reading it though, thanks to the endless distraction of movies, web series and such, that have invaded our lives during this time.


From what I’ve read so far, there are quite a few passages that have caught my attention. Here are a few lines from one of the passages –

“The thing that now stuck Winston was that his mother’s death, nearly thirty years ago, had been tragic and sorrowful in a way that was no longer possible. Tragedy, he perceived, belonged to the ancient time, to a time when there was still privacy, love, and friendship, and when the members of a family stood by one another without needing to know the reason.”

“Such things, he saw, could not happen today. Today there were fear, hatred, and pain, but no dignity of emotion, no deep or complex sorrows.”

These lines left me wondering. To me, it is unimaginable to conceive of a world devoid of deep and complex emotions. Is it possible that years of oppression and manipulation can really change our mental make up to such an extent ? Is it possible that human beings can become immune and fail to ‘truly’ feel the whole gamut of emotions ?

These are questions lingering in my mind. Eager to know how this unfolds …


This is my entry for today’s edition of #BookBytes hosted at the book blog BeatAboutTheBook



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  1. This is one of my favourite books and there were so many many passages I loved. I do agree with Winston. When each individual is struggling for survival, watching his every step, not sure what or who will result in an end to his life, when everyone, even your own spouse/parents/children can turn against you and report you, then one will become emotionless. The only thing that matters is survival.

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