Author: George Orwell
Genre: Dystopian Thriller
Format: Paperback 400 pages
Release Date: 29 January 2004
Publisher: Penguin Classics
I borrowed this book from my local library.
‘Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past’
Hidden away in the Record Department of the sprawling Ministry of Truth, Winston Smith skilfully rewrites the past to suit the needs of the Party. Yet he inwardly rebels against the totalitarian world he lives in, which demands absolute obedience and controls him through the all-seeing telescreens and the watchful eye of Big Brother, symbolic head of the Party. In his longing for truth and liberty, Smith begins a secret love affair with a fellow-worker Julia, but soon discovers the true price of freedom is betrayal.
This is one of those books that I happened upon by chance in my local library and I’m so glad I did! The whole concept of this book is one that intrigued me straight away and as soon as I started reading I realised I wasn’t going to be disappointed.
Winston is a fantastic character. Fighting back against the system within his own mind and daring to think thoughts that he knows he shouldn’t. He is a rebel in every sense of the word and I was captivated to find out what would happen to him throughout the book.
Reading this book now in 2019 really creates some perspective for the author’s thought processes that he had at the time he wrote this. It’s pretty chilling to say the least and is slightly depressing comparing the life in 1984 compared to our real life here in 2019 and social media and fake news to name but a few.
I throughly enjoyed this book for all the right reasons. It got me thinking, it had me captivated from the first page and it had me racing through the pages from there on to find out what would happen.
About the Author
George Orwell is one of England’s most famous writers and social commentators. Among his works are the classic political satire Animal Farm and the dystopian nightmare vision Nineteen Eighty-Four. Orwell was also a prolific essayist, and it is for these works that he was perhaps best known during his lifetime. They include Why I Write and Politics and the English Language. His writing is at once insightful, poignant and entertaining, and continues to be read widely all over the world.
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