Genre: Science-Fiction / Classic
Page Count: 328 pages
Publication Date: June 1949
One of Britain’s most popular novels, George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four is set in a society terrorised by a totalitarian ideology propagated by The Party.
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. The novel also coined many new words and phrases which regular appear in popular culture, such as ‘Big Brother’, ‘thoughtcrime’, ‘doublethink’ and ‘Newspeak’.
Well, that was… disturbing.
I can’t say this was one of the best books I’ve ever read, but I understand why people consider it a classic.
The story was a bit bland and I wasn’t invested in any of the characters’ lives, but the overall idea behind the story was intriguing enough to make me keep reading.
I’m not really sure how to write a review about this book, to be honest. The premise is interesting, it’s basically a cautionary tale about a totalitarian government, lack of privacy and freedom of speech. It was unsettling and chilling at certain parts, but somehow it managed to be absolutely bland.