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June 27, 2009 / Tracey

Review: Nineteen Eighty-Four | George Orwell

Well, I just finished reading Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell, and wow, what a book! Knowing the concept around ‘Big Brother’ did little to prepare me for the political depth of this novel. The book was published in 1949, and it’s easy to understand why it’s such an enduring classic.

Set in 1984, the main character, Winston, is living a very dreary and frustrating existence as a Party member in Oceania, with Big Brother an overwhelming presence.

Part II of the book takes an unexpected turn and takes the reader through an interesting process right through to a conclusion that couldn’t be any further from a happy ending.

I finished the book feeling very heavy and shocked at the possibility of such an alternative reality. This is a must read for anyone interested in politics or psychology but beware, it can be quite depressing and stifling.

George Orwell died 7 months after publishing this book, and I can’t help but think he had a very gloomy outlook on the future post WWII. I wonder what he would think of our present state of affairs compared to his portrayal in Nineteen Eighty-Four.

My rating = ****

That’s my four bucks!

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