Author: George Orwell
Book #: Standalone
Publication: July 1950 by Signet Classics
Written in 1948, 1984 was George Orwell’s chilling prophecy about the future. And while the year 1984 has come and gone, Orwell’s narrative is timelier than ever. 1984 presents a startling and haunting vision of the world, so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the power 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.
Synopsis from Goodreads.com
“War is peace.
Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength.”
This is a scary scary world! And the scariest thing about it is that this is the world we live in! Okay, I’m exaggerating a little.
1984 describes a world where everything is controlled by the government: living, working, talking, sleeping, procreating etc. If the government says that 2+2=5 then it is true. It doesn’t even occur to anyone to question it. You are not even allowed to think otherwise because Big Brother is watching you. Privacy is, of course, non-existent and if you do anything that goes against the government, you get arrested, killed, and deleted from every file. You “evaporate“. It’s like you never existed. Even the slightest change in your face expression can betray you, which will lead to your evaporation.
All of the above is, of course, not really a problem, because almost no one ever thinks about questioning what the government says. Ignorance is strength, and after all, Big Brother would never do anything that isn’t in the best interests of everyone. This sort of world is frighteningly familiar, because it is so similar to the way our world is turning into.
I could probably analyze this book by talking about it for pages and pages, but I don’t think there is a point in doing that here and now, so just know this:
1984 is a book that has changed me forever. And if there was one thing I loved about it, that would have to be the ending. Which was refreshingly, realistically, wonderfully unpredictable.
It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.
Recommend it for…
- anyone who is curious to read the first dystopian book ever written
- anyone wanting to read a thought-provoking novel
- anyone who has thoughts about the way our society has become