Book Review:1984


Book: 1984

Author: George Orwell

Published in the year:1949

About the book:

Winston Smith is a low-rung member of the party, the ruling government of Oceaina. He works in the Ministry of Truth, the Party’s propaganda arm, where he is in charge of revising history. He is but a small brick in the pyramid that is the Party, at the head of which stands Big Brother. Big Brother the infallible. Big Brother the all-powerful.

In a totalitarian society, where individuality is suppressed and freedom of thought has its antithesis in the Thought Police, Winston finds respite in the company of Julia. Originality of thought awakens, love blossoms and hope is rekindled. But what they don’t know is that Big Brother is always watching.

As literary political fiction and dystopian science-fiction, Nineteen Eighty-Four is a classic novel in content, plot, and style. Nineteen Eighty-Four popularised the adjective Orwellian, which describes official deception, secret surveillance, and manipulation of recorded history by a totalitarian or authoritarian state. Many of its terms and concepts, such as Big Brother, doublethink, thoughtcrime, Newspeak, Room 101, telescreen, 2 + 2 = 5, and memory hole, have entered into common use since its publication in 1949.

My Review of the book:

A very influential novel. The writer’s amazing thoughts and incredibly expressed situations make this book a great one. One would definitely be deeply engaged with this book while reading it. The environment which this book creates is worth mentioning. A sense of fear, a sense of suppression, a sense of distress. A book one must read. I would rate this book 5/5. This is one of the best books I have read till now.

About The Author:

Eric Arthur Blair (25 June 1903 – 21 January 1950), better known by his pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist, essayist, journalist, and critic. His work is marked by lucid prose, awareness of social injustice, opposition to totalitarianism and outspoken support of democratic socialism. Orwell was born in Bengal and educated in England. In 1922, he joined the Imperial Police in Burma( now Myanmar), serving for five years before his mounting dislike of imperialism induced him to resign.His first book, Down and Out in Paris and London(1933) described his early experiences. Animal Farm(1945) and Nineteen Eighty-four(1949) remain his most popular works.