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A sneak peek into Room 101

The Scream by Edvard Munch

Part of The Scream by Edvard Munch

A harrowing read

Ever watched that TV show where celebrities vie to dump their pet hates into Room 101? Anyone who has read George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty Four will know of course that Room 101 was the torture room, the place wherein lurked the thing that most horrified the prisoner of Big Brother. Forget “Ve haf vays of makink you talk” accompanied by a handy Anglepoise directed into the eyes. In “1984” ordinary common or garden torture was used merely to coerce the victim into revealing his one true pet hate, the single most abhorrent horror the victim feared, the thing guaranteed to break him, to reduce him to a gibbering wreck incapable of further resistance.

No, I cannot really recommend 1984 as a Good Read despite its legendary status in the literary cannon. Apart from Animal Farm I’ve never been able to read Orwell since being traumatised by 1984 forty years ago.

But I recently had a sneak peek into my personal Room 101. It happened like this… Read More →