1985 by Anthony Burgess

By Anthony Burgess

Creative, chilling and darkly comedian, 1985 combines a devastating critique of Orwell's 1984 with a terrifying imaginative and prescient of the longer term. As memorable as A Clockwork Orange, it really is as robust and unsettling as whatever Burgess has written. First released in 1978, its options and concepts nonetheless carry especially true this present day.

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Poole. He frowns and shakes his head. "When they're not producing monsters, they're sterile. What we're going to do for manpower, Belial only knows. " They advance further into the Coffee Shop, pass a group of three- and four-yearold children under the supervision of an aged vessel with a cleft palate and fourteen fingers and come to a halt under an archway giving access to a second dining room only slightly smaller than the first Over the shot we hear the sound of a chorus of youthful voices reciting in unison the opening phrases of the Shorter Catechism.

Well, what are the facts? The first is a fact of experience and observation -- namely that nobody wants to suffer, wants to be degraded, wants to be maimed or killed. The second is a fact of history -- the fact that, at a certain epoch, the overwhelming majority of human beings accepted beliefs and adopted courses of action that could not possibly result in anything but universal suffering, general degradation and wholesale destruction. " There is a silence. "Of course," Dr. " "But not so plausibly, not nearly so simply," insists the Arch-Vicar.

Then one of the Postulants takes the child out of her arms and holds it up before the Patriarch. Close shot of a characteristic product of progressive technology -- a harelipped, Mongolian idiot. Over the shot we hear the chanting of the Chorus. SEMICHORUS I I show you the sign of Belial's enmity, SEMICHORUS II Foul, foul; SEMICHORUS I I show you the fruit of Belial's grace, SEMICHORUS II Filth infused in filth. SEMICHORUS I I show you the penalty for obedience to His Will, SEMICHORUS II On earth as it is in Hell.

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