1984, a book review

A book review written by: Lee Sonogan

(1949 ) Social science fiction, Political fiction, Dystopian


The last book was written by the author George Orwell. 1984 is about a dystopian world run by the mysterious political group called big brother and the ministries of truth, love, plenty and peace. The book is formatted in three separate parts with various amount of chapters in these parts. Each part of the story takes it to the next level, such as more deep philosophy and political type of questions and speeches. A descriptive book that really gets you thinking about the issues/thoughts of the main character’s mind.

George Orwell is not the real name of the author. His real name is Eric Arthur Blair. Born in 1903, His first published novel Burmesse days was out in the year 1934. In January 1950 he died in London. Although Orwell had seen success as a broadcaster, journalist, nonfiction writer, and author of Animal Farm, he unfortunately never got to witness the incredible influence that his most popular piece would have on the world. In a letter to his literary agent, he wrote, “I have not definitely decided on the title. I am inclined to call it either Nineteen Eighty-Four or The Last Man in Europe, but I might just possibly think of something else in the next week or two,”.

Throughout its publication history, Nineteen Eighty-Four has been either banned or legally challenged as subversive or ideologically corrupting. In fact, according to the American Library Association, it’s one of the world’s top ten most banned books. By 1989, Nineteen Eighty-Four had been translated into sixty-five languages, more than any other novel in English at the time.

Stephen King, David Bowie, Mel Gibson, and Game of Thrones star Kit Harington have all listed the novel as or among their favourite books of all time. The book goes deep into the future past modern/capitalist ideas. It discusses an extreme measure of totalitarianism, classes, influence, absolutes and many more ideas that make the dystopia world work. For written a long time ago, the book speaks of many issues that are relevant today. Every topic and theme is told by Winston as he slowly becomes conscious of how the world really works and rebels against the party. After so many pages, dialogue and interesting chapters, the ending will make you feel awkward and sad as you ponder reality and your role as a human being. I recommend this book to everyone that likes epic speeches, political themes and alternative types of worlds that have relevance in modern times.



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