1984 - Book Review

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1984 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Genre: Classic, Dystopia
Author: George Orwell
Published in:  June 1949
Buy at:  Amazon

“Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood.” ― George Orwell, 1984


When you read a famous classic, you prepare yourself for what to expect. I was wrong. I wasn't expecting this kind of writing, frightful picture of human endurance and a thought-provoking book.

1984 by George Orwell is the father of all the dystopian novels I've read so far. This book is far more frightening because Orwell wrote it in 1948-1949 and it still resonates to this day.

1984 is a dystopian study of political oppression, mind control, paranoia and secret mass surveillance. Set in a totalitarian state of Oceania, it represents a society where talking, walking, eating, drinking, and even thoughts are controlled by the ruling party led by Big Brother. Despite the constant monitoring and the threat of severe punishment, Winston Smith takes the risk of writing down a diary for future generations. Imagine the fate of this Outer Party member who writes a diary and falls in love where there is no freedom of speech, freedom of the press and freedom to love whoever you want.

After reading Orwell's Animal Farm, I was depressed. This book is ten times more depressing than Animal Farm and should be categorized into horror fiction. Orwell's depiction of an oppressing state is extremely frightening by imagining the dangers associated with giving one person or entity so much control or power.

When I thought of underlining or highlighting the main points, I found it useless to highlight the whole book. There are so many captivating quotes. This book is more like a study than a fictional book about how a more powerful class operates the society by weakening the weakest. War is not a necessity but a mere tool to suppress own citizens by devoiding them of necessities. The press/media can write anything and can manipulate history so that the future generations will never know the past. Isn't it terrible?

I'd recommend 1984 to everyone. Definitely, not an easy read but 1984 is a must-read.