I'm 2 days late for the 6th anniversary of my reading this novel, but I've been meaning to review this book for forever, so why wait a whole 363 more days to get it right on the 7th anniversary when I can stop wasting time and review it right now?
Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) is perhaps my favorite, and most-disturbing, dystopian novel I've ever read is definitely this Orwellian classic. And what makes it most terrifying is that so many of the techniques and technologies of this authoritarian government are already here: big TV screens, cameras, etc. And given "the War on Terror" since 9/11/2001 and subsequent Islamophobia in America the Hour of Hate, unfortunately, isn't that hard to imagine like it once might have. Although, given this novel was published soon after the end of WWII, I suppose that it's never been that far of a stretch of the imagination (and that's pretty scary).
What I liked most about this novel is that it shows the harsh reality that the individual doesn't always triumph over society (like almost all young adult novels show, especially YA dystopians like The Hunger Games and Divergent trilogies—not that I blame them, they'd be too depressing otherwise). This is also sentimental for me because this is one of the first five adult novels I've read on my own (not for a class) and definitely makes me feel more mature back then (9th grade). And, with such a chilling last line, how can this story not be permanently ingrained in my memory? I won't say it here because I hate spoilers as much as the next person.
As one of—if not the father—of the dystopian genre, 1984 is responsible for the long legacy that includes the two aforementioned series (among many others) and my own upcoming novel, The Matchmakers. I'm so glad Orwell wrote this classic—even if it is banned for many reasons all over the globe.
About the Book
Author: George Orwell
Publisher: New American Library
Publication Date: July 1, 1950
Winston Smith works for the Ministry of truth in London, chief city of Airstrip One. Big Brother stares out from every poster, the Thought Police uncover every act of betrayal. When Winston finds love with Julia, he discovers that life does not have to be dull and deadening, and awakens to new possibilities. Despite the police helicopters that hover and circle overhead, Winston and Julia begin to question the Party; they are drawn towards conspiracy. Yet Big Brother will not tolerate dissent - even in the mind. For those with original thoughts they invented Room 101 . . .
Nineteen Eighty-Four is George Orwell's terrifying vision of a totalitarian future in which everything and everyone is slave to a tyrannical regime.
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