Author: George Orwell
Written in 1948, 1984 was George Orwell’s chilling prophecy about the future. And while the year 1984 has come and gone, Orwell’s narrative is timelier than ever. 1984 presents a startling and haunting vision of the world, so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the power of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of multiple generations of readers, or the resiliency of its admonitions. A legacy that seems only to grow with the passage of time.
“WAR IS PEACE.
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY.
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH”
This is simply one of the most terrifying books I’ve ever read. Written in 1948, Orwell creates the ultimate dystopian world that makes everything else pale in comparison. Even now with the up-swell of dystopian books in modern literature. This book is written in such a way that the reader is swept up in this world where everything is regulated, including the way one thinks. Everything is policed, nothing is done of your own free will. That’s what scares me the most, is that even your thoughts aren’t your own.
This book and the characters got into my head. In fact I’m having a really hard time talking about it. It’s that cerebral that memorable-that messed up. There’s a love story, there’s war but above all else there is fear. Fear and conformity. I’ve read Animal Farm, and loved that story–and in a way the two parallel each other. Animal Farm while disturbing and up front in it’s motives outlines the same themes that 1984 does. It’s a little more watered down, a little more subtle. In 1984 Orwell smacks us with a massive story and there’s no denying what’s going on.