IOWA PUBLIC RADIO. In recent weeks, sales of the novel 1984 by George Orwell, first published in 1949, have soared. It climbed to the top of the amazon.com best seller list, and bookstores report that copies are flying off the shelves.
Since so many people are reading or re-reading it right now, on this “book club” edition of Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe hosts a conversation about what makes this classic relevant in 2017.
Nebbe starts the hour talking with Andrew Simmons, an English teacher who transforms his classroom into the world of 1984 and Big Brother every October.