The year 1984 has come and gone, but George Orwell’s prophetic, nightmarish vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is timelier than ever. 1984 is still the great modern classic of “negative utopia”–a startlingly original and haunting novel that creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing, from the first sentence to the last four words. No one can deny the novel’s hold on the imaginations of the whole generations, or the power of its admonitions–a power that seem to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time.
Winston Smith vaguely remembers what the world was like before. Before the revolution, before the Thought Police, before Big Brother. But he can’t remember if it was better.
I wanted to read this book because its a classic. No bookshelf is complete without it. What I was surprised to find is that I really liked it. Sure, I knew I would like it. It’s a classic for a reason but I really enjoyed it. I thought it would be hard to get through and reading it would take a lot of effort on my part. I was wrong.
I’m not going to get into the plot very much. It’s one of those books you just have to read. It’s a story about the horror of human nature. The horror of man’s obsession with power. This book was written in 1949. I can understand what an impact it must have had then. With Hitler and WWII still fresh in everyone’s minds. Even in the 50’s it might have seemed possible that something like this could happen. In today’s day and age its not even feasible but it makes you thankful for the world we live in and the privileges we take for granted.
I highly recommend 1984 if you haven’t read it already. Like I said no shelf is complete without it. 4 Stars