Author: George Orwell
Publisher: New American Library
Written in 1948, 1984 was George Orwell’s chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, his dystopian vision of a government that will do anything to control the narrative is timelier than ever…
“ The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.”
Winston Smith toes the Party line, rewriting history to satisfy the demands of the Ministry of Truth. With each lie he writes, Winston grows to hate the Party that seeks power for its own sake and persecutes those who dare to commit thoughtcrimes. But as he starts to think for himself, Winston can’t escape the fact that Big Brother is always watching…
A startling and haunting vision of the world, 1984 is so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the influence of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of multiple generations of readers, or the resiliency of its admonitions—a legacy that seems only to grow with the passage of time.
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I felt like I was one of the few people who had yet to read this book. I never did have it for required reading in school like I know a lot have.
As I was reading this story I was reminded of the conspiracy theory the Mandela Effect. If you aren’t familiar with it you’ll have to research it. Especially if you’ve read this book. Whether you believe it or not it is still interesting. The way they would say something, such as who they were at war with, had always been that way when it was untrue, is what made me think of it. The people just blindly followed and believed what they were told without question. Sometimes society today almost seems that way. That’s what makes this book so scary to think about.
There were some flaws in this book, in my opinion. I felt like the characters could have been more developed. Sometimes I didn’t care one way or another what happened to the characters. I just couldn’t feel for them. The other thing I wasn’t a fan of was Goldstein’s book just slapped in the middle of the story. I think it slowed the story’s pace down and was unnecessary. I found myself bored and wishing that it would be over.
The fact that this book is from back in the 40’s is what really impressed me. Orwell came up with this frightening, futuristic world long before the technology we have today. For me, it totally made up for the flaws. The reason it is so terrifying is because I can almost see it as our future. Some of it is already similar. Most everything we do is being monitored much like in this story. Big Brother is always watching you.
I definitely think this is a book everyone should read. Get yourself a copy or check for it at your local library.