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 truly is as strong and unsettling as something Burgess has written. First released in 1978, its ideas and ideas nonetheless carry especially true this day.
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Through all the generations that followed, Taggart Transcontinental was one of the few railroads that never went bankrupt and the only one whose controlling stock remained in the hands of the founder's descendants. In his lifetime, the name "Nat Taggart" was not famous, but notorious; it was repeated, not in homage, but in resentful curiosity; and if anyone admired him, it was as one admires a successful bandit. Yet no penny of his wealth had been obtained by force or fraud; he was guilty of nothing, except that he earned his own fortune and never forgot that it was his.
Is pretty measly service, it seems to me, and what a train! You must have inherited those coaches from your great-grandfather, and he must have used them pretty hard. ' "That's what I said, wood-burning. I never saw one before, except in photographs. What museum did you drag it out of? " "Yes, of course I knew it," said Taggart hastily. "It was just . . " "Of course," said Boyle. "Delays can't be helped. It's the strangest train I ever rode on, though. " Within a few minutes, they noticed that Taggart had become silent.
It all depends," James Taggart answered slowly, "on knowing the people who make it possible. . " Dagny Taggart was nine years old when she decided that she would run the Taggart Transcontinental Railroad some day. She stated it to herself when she stood alone between the rails, looking at the two straight lines of steel that went off into the distance and met in a single point. What she felt was an arrogant pleasure at the way the track cut through the woods: it did not belong in the midst of ancient trees, among green branches that hung down to meet green brush and the lonely spears of wild flowers—but there it was.
1985 by Anthony Burgess