1984 (Book Review)

Book Name: 1984 by George Orwell

Genre: Political fiction

Pages: 298

Pub date: Sept 3, 2013

This book introduces you to the subtle and frightening ways in where government will control all thoughts, all decisions, introduce doublespeak or fake news and must always be in control of power.

Orwell created such a dark, grim, ruthless world governed by totalitarian system based on his own experiences by fighting as Franco’s fascism. But as we read some passages of the book and witness how the party intervene the people’s lives and growing hatred against the unfairness, inequality, injustice are reflections of today’s world! He truly foresaw so many things before which makes this book more terrifying, haunted but also realistic!

The beginning of 1984 starts off slow. But settle in because it it’s a slow burn to a frightening conclusion. We’re introduced to the character of Winston Smith and he works for the Ministry.

The Ministry is controlled by Big Brother. Big Brother not only controls what you can read, but whether history is really history, what to watch, who to hate to not having sexual intercourse. Yeah, it’s not a healthy or rewarding environment to live in. Any feelings of love, freedom or intellect is stamped out of you.

This is not a happy book. This book does not make you sleep better at night.

I believe George Orwell did a wonderful job writing a cautionary tale of what could happen if society gets lazy with democracy, not finding out the truth and starts believing government propaganda.

Recommendation: Must read to those who love historical as well as political fictions. This is a masterpiece. 

My favorite quotes from the book:

“We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness.”

“Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood.”

“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”

“If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.”

“Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.”

“Orthodoxy means not thinking–not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.”

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Review by Jenny

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