Author: George Orwell
Year of publication: 1949
Genre: dystopian literature
“Big Brother is Watching You.”
I haven’t needed a moment in a corner rocking myself back and forth telling myself it’s all going to be alright in a minute. Yet that is exactly what happened after I put this terrifying classic down. I have heard of George Orwell, I mean who doesn’t know animal farm but I wasn’t familiar with 1984. So when it was referred to me I couldn’t wait to read it even had to fight off some friends who also wanted it. Now before you carry on and read my review have you subscribed to the blog? (It’s completely free) and don’t forget to share the link and leave a comment, as you were awesome people.
“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”
Set in dystopian London known as Oceania in the book, 1984 follows Winston Smith ,a low-ranking member of the ruling Party. Who works in the Ministry of truth rewriting and distorting history.Everywhere Winston goes, even his own home, the totalitarian Party watches him through telescreens; everywhere he looks he sees the face of the Party’s seemingly omniscient leader, a figure known only as Big Brother. The Party controls everything in Oceania, even the people’s history and language. Even thinking rebellious thoughts is illegal. Winston determined to have individuality starts keeping a journal, an act punishable by death.
“Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.”
What I thought
Honestly when I chose this book it was just for me, my own personal reading to feed my book worm. I didn’t make notes as I wasn’t planning on reviewing it. However after coming into my own realisation what a masterpiece this was there was no other option. I would encourage all avid readers, even if dystopian literature isn’t your cup of tea to read it. Never has a book played with my emotions, I had hope for a revolution my matches never too far ready to join in. The dialogue between O’Brien and Smith had me at tenterhooks. I think the scariest things is how the media is used to change history and perception something happening currently. It’s no fairy tale, its stranger than fiction. Too close to reality and the ending is not made for us unicorn lovers, yet given half the chance I would read it all over again. Back to rocking back and forth as you were.
“The best books… are those that tell you what you know already.”