Originally Posted by Har-Tru
I read 1984 during the Bush years, after 9/11 and right during the first weeks of the Iraq war, and I thought it did fit that society perfectly.
Oceania's puritanism is no longer topical (where I'm living at least). Huxley describes a hedonistic materialistic world, with each individual being predetermined by "Technique". He was right.
The discursive analysis in 1984 - Newspeak - is of course still topical (and a brilliant one) . But that's an everlasting issue.
But I repeat, Orwell had no intention to make an anticipation novel. He first intended to name his book The Last Man in Europe
Edit: A great book I could add to my list is "Dear Jihadists" by Philippe Muray (English version exists).