27 June 2009

Review: Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell book coverWell, I just finished reading Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell, and wow, what a book! Knowing the concept around 'Big Brother' did little to prepare me for the political depth of this novel. The book was published in 1949, and it's easy to understand why it's such an enduring classic.

Set in 1984, the main character, Winston, is living a very dreary and frustrating existence as a Party member in Oceania, with Big Brother an overwhelming presence.

Part II of the book takes an unexpected turn and takes the reader through an interesting process right through to a conclusion that couldn't be any further from a happy ending.

I finished the book feeling very heavy and shocked at the possibility of such an alternative reality. This is a must read for anyone interested in politics or psychology but beware, it can be quite depressing and stifling.

George Orwell died 7 months after publishing this book, and I can't help but think he had a very gloomy outlook on the future post WWII. I wonder what he would think of our present state of affairs compared to his portrayal in Nineteen Eighty-Four.

My rating = ****

Carpe Librum!

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  1. This is a classic novel. Not sure how I was never required to read this in all my schooling, but it is definitely one that should be read!

  2. Me either, there was no Orwell or H.G. Wells in my curriculum either, such a shame.

  3. Technological innovation should be at the service of men, and allow them to live better lives, but it can be used against them. I guess that is one of Orwell's lessons, probably the most important one. All in all, I think you can benefit from reading this book. Because of that, I highly recommend it to you :)

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  4. This sure is a classic. I love this book and could never get tired of reading it. Great story. Keeps you sucked in and really makes you think about things. This is my favorite book.

    1. Glad to hear this is your favourite book, it certainly is a classic.


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