1984 - George Orwell

Book review #2: 1984 by George Orwell

All I knew about 1984 before reading it was that it was a vision of the future written by George Orwell in 1948. I read Animal Farm a few years ago, and I remember that Orwell was quite a good political analyst and sociologist in that book (but not in a boring way). So I was curious about what he could have imagined for that future.

If you don’t know what to expect, after reading the first page, you’ll get the tone, and you’ll know it won’t be easy for Winston (the main character). He lives in a world ruled by war, anger, suspicion and the blind worship of Big Brother. And he knows that something is wrong. 

The way people live is pretty well detailed and becomes more and more revolting at each sentence. The way things are changed or twisted to match with THE ideology is outrageously unfair. It is frightening to see that everything is done to avoid anyone to think differently. 

At each and every page I wanted to cry “fight back, you know they are lying, you can find out the truth!”. But it’s just a book. Hopefully it’s just a book. But it makes you think. A lot.

I’ll stop here before I need to bring out the spoiler alert sign, but I definitely recommend 1984 by George Orwell. It’s quite a small book, and I’m sure you’ll read it pretty quickly, and enjoy it.

In the long run, a hierarchical society was only possible on a basis of poverty and ignorance.- George Orwell, 1984

1984 – Nineteen Eighty-Four
George Orwell
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