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Why 1984 Almost Didn’t Happen

Though I won’t be revisiting George Orwell anymore in this project, I thought this piece of information was worth sharing.

Orwell’s 1984 nearly didn’t happen.

While on a camping trip in Scotland, Orwell took a small motor boat out with his son, niece and nephew. The boat got caught up in the tide and flipped. The group didn’t have on life jackets and were taken in by a whirlpool.

Orwell’s son, Richard, described the incident:

“My father and I ended up upside down underneath the boat,” he remembered. “He pulled me out and dragged me ashore. It was a pretty stupid thing to happen. In the twinkling of an eye that could have gone totally wrong and we could have been swept away and drowned. And of course that would have been the end of my father because he was still really in the middle of writing Nineteen Eighty-Four – so that wouldn’t have happened.”

C’mon on, George. No life jackets?

Thankfully, everyone was okay. But can you imagine if 1984 didn’t exist because George Orwell drowned in a whirlpool in Scotland?

We still would have had Animal Farm. But let’s be honest: Animal Farm is no 1984.

The moral of the story? Wear freakin’ life jackets–especially if you’re in a small motor boat off the coast of Scotland.

More at The National Post

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  1. Lucky he survived because I do love 1984 🙂

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    January 20, 2014
  2. deweydecimalsbutler #

    Oh wow, I never knew that. Thanks for sharing. Funny, though, that out of that life-altering event, the son remembered the book at the thing seemingly at the most risk.

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    January 20, 2014
    • Yes, didn’t catch that but good insight.

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      January 20, 2014
  3. Reblogged this on Curiosidades na internet.

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    January 20, 2014
  4. What project ?

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    January 20, 2014
  5. He was shot in the throat during the Spanish Civil War in 1937. He seems to be a very lucky or very unlucky guy.

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    January 20, 2014
  6. Lo que he leído me agrada.
    Quisiera leer más.
    Saludos.
    Teresa

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    January 20, 2014
  7. How about, when in a boat, wear a life jacket, full stop.

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    January 20, 2014
  8. thisportraitingray #

    Reblogged this on This Portrait in Gray.

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    January 20, 2014
  9. But on the plus side, we would never have had Big Brother the reality TV show!

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    January 20, 2014
  10. Really liked 1984. The island was Jura, off the west coast of Scotland. Orwell was/is great.

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    January 24, 2014
  11. Reblogged this on Amsalutamirat.

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    January 30, 2014

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