Release Date: June 8, 1949
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While 1984 has come and gone, Orwell's narrative is more timely than ever. 1984 presents a "negative utopia", that is at once a startling and haunting vision of the world — so powerful that it's completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the power of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of entire generations of readers, or the resiliency of its admonitions — a legacy that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time.
– The whole concept of big brother. And the government in general, really. What I’m saying here is that I enjoyed the dystopian aspect of the novel. A world in which the government controls everything you do, and is always watching? That shit is creepy. And I’m not going to lie, this book may have made me a tiny bit more paranoid than I was before. As you’re reading this, I’m covering up my webcame and turning off the wifi.
– Newspeak. Because this is happening already! It’s like internet-speak for extremists, and I loved every second I spent reading about it. It also made me realise that I basically speak a whole other language when I’m with my closest friends. I’m pretty sure my mum or brothers wouldn’t be able to read the majority of what we say to each other.
– No connection with the main character. He was a boring guy and his narrative was completely monotonal. Intentional? Perhaps. But still, I didn’t like the guy and he kept talking about doing things before deciding against it. Just… grow some balls.
– It dragged on the middle. There was no action! Perhaps this was to be expected from a classic, I don’t know, but I was expecting more action, less talking, less monologuing, less Winston.
– Things were repeated a lot. Okay you’ve told me about this aspect of the government several times now, I think I get it.