Hello my loves!
Today’s post is a review of one of my all-time favourite books. I’ve read this book almost every year since I first read it 13 (almost 14) years ago. I did a poll recently on Twitter asking which of the first 3 books I read in 2018 you’d like to see a review of, and 1984 by George Orwell won! So here it is, happy reading!
“War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.”
― George Orwell,
“Among the seminal texts of the 20th century, Nineteen Eighty-Four is a rare work that grows more haunting as its futuristic purgatory becomes more real. Published in 1949, the book offers political satirist George Orwell’s nightmare vision of a totalitarian, bureaucratic world and one poor stiff’s attempt to find individuality. The brilliance of the novel is Orwell’s prescience of modern life–the ubiquity of television, the distortion of the language–and his ability to construct such a thorough version of hell. Required reading for students since it was published, it ranks among the most terrifying novels ever written”.
1984 has been on my list of favourite books of all time since the first time I read it. I am no onto something like my twelfth re-read. I read this for the first time when I was 11. I had a great English teacher who knew how much I loved to read and who encouraged me to read outside the required reading. I must say that even at that age I found this book thoroughly thought provoking.
I’d say that the most frightening thing about this book is the fact that the life it describes is more than a little bit possible. It resonates with the present. Although I would put 1984 in the dystopian genre, I also think that it should be categorised as horror.
Winston is the main character in this books. He begins to get frustrated with the level of control the government has over its people. Nothing is sacred, not eating nor watching the television. Not even ones own thoughts, as that is monitored by the Thought Police. When he meets Julia and falls in love, he is inspired to fight for a different life for himself. Does he succeed? You’ll have to read 1984 for yourself to find out!
How did I rate it?
Have you read 1984? I gave it 4 out of 5 starts. How many stars did you give it? Let me know in the comments section down below.
Peace and pages