Among the seminal texts of the 20th century, Nineteen Eighty-Four is a rare work that grows more haunting as its futuristic purgatory becomes more real. Published in 1949, the book offers political satirist George Orwell’s nightmare vision of a totalitarian, bureaucratic world and one poor stiff’s attempt to find individuality. The brilliance of the novel is Orwell’s prescience of modern life–the ubiquity of television, the distortion of the language–and his ability to construct such a thorough version of hell. Required reading for students since it was published, it ranks among the most terrifying novels ever written.
Wow, I was hoping for a happy ending but this book is depressing!
I had an idea of what this book was about but not anywhere close to what actually happens. We watch Winston as he tries to defy Big Brother in small ways, but when he meets Julia they both defy Big Brother in big ways until they get caught. Under torture, they have their minds altered so as they start to believe in Big Brother.
I find it fascinating that this book was first published in 1949, and you can see that Orwell is worried about individualism being wiped out, but as time has gone on, individualism has become a lot more accepted and anti-government sentiment. But at the same time, you can see that people are trying to erase history like in the book, which is really disturbing.
I think for its time this book was really ahead of its time, even some of the concepts now aren’t fully accepted, for example, Julia owning her sexuality and stating that she enjoys sex with a lot of different people. For the 40s that was unheard of and even now women are judged for that.
I really liked Julia, I thought she was really bold and she didn’t care what happened, she just wanted to do what she wanted to do.
Overall I thought this was an interesting book but I have read better.