Prescient authors of the past haunting us today

As I got a little older there were John Steinbeck, Louis L’Amour, and others. And there were those that made you think: Animal Farm, 1984, and the freaky Brave New World.

Now I am an avid reader. At any given time I have 3, 4, or 5 books in various stages of being read. Audible and Libby allow me to listen to pros perform volumes while I do other things. The Kindle app lets me take stories to read with me on my phone and iPad. I love mysteries, legal and political thrillers, and adventure novels for fun. Mitch Rapp, Scot Harvath, Jack Reacher, Evan Smoke, Harry Bosch, and Jonathan Quinn are some of my favorite protagonists. I usually have a couple of these novels going.

I used to snap up self-help books, but I am now beyond help, so avoid them. I can say the same for the political/scandal publications du jour. I can find plenty of that from the pundits on TV, without reading the books they write.

Besides the novels, I am usually working through some non-fiction. United States History is a hot topic. If I am in the mood, I’ll start back into one of the philosophy tomes I have on hand. The problem is, I am not in the mood as often as I’d like, so I have to backtrack in the book to get up to speed to where I left off.

But recently I have gone back to some of the old school classics. In conversation over the years I have from time to time heard references to Animal Farm, 1984, and even Brave New World. Lately those references have picked up in relationship to our current culture and politics.

So, I recently re-read both Animal Farm and 1984. I also watched the 1984 movie. Right now I am about halfway through a re-read of Brave New World, published in 1932.

Eric Arthur Blair, better known by his nom de plume, George Orwell, wrote Animal Farm in 1945 and the anti utopian novel 1984 in1949. Brave New World author Aldous Huxley was one of Orwell’s university masters at England’s leading school, Eton.

Many generations of students across the world have studied these intellectual works of fiction. And many generations continue to refer to these stories and quote them in political and cultural discussions. They have had a deep-seated influence for the ages.

The thought provoking literature seems freshly developed from the power machinations and revelations of today. What makes them truly special is that every generation, beginning when they were published to today, could say the same.

Most of us read these 3 tomes at some point during our young education. If you have not read them, it is high time you did.

If you have read them as school assignments years ago, it is well worth the time to revisit them. Some say the amount of information available at our fingertips hinders our ability to take the time to truly think. We are so busy finding easy answers online and following our favorite influencers that we no longer just stop and think.

Even though they are dark, taking the time to read or re-read these three works of literature is a sure fire way to slow you down and get you thinking. We can all benefit from that.