Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

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RATING: 4.5/5

BLURB: “Newspeak, Doublethink, Big Brother, the Thought Police – George Orwell’s world-famous novel coined new and potent warnings for us all. Alive with Swiftian wit and passion, it is one of the most brilliant satires on totalitarianism and the power-hungry ever written.”

REVIEW: I absolutely loved this book. It’s reputation precedes it as a modern classic, and how very thankful I am that Orwell’s dark vision of the world, fuelled by fears of communism brought about by Soviet expansion after the Second World War, never came into being in 1984! We see this world, controlled by a rigid totalitarian regime where everyone is carefully monitored for signs of rebellion, through the eyes of Winston Smith, a worker in the Ministry of Truth (which actually creates propaganda material, erasing individuals and even wars from history as though they had never been) who sees through Big Brother’s regime and longs to fight against it. He seems to have met his match in co-worker Julia, and their budding relationship in the face of such extreme adversity was beautiful to read. It is hard to continue to discuss the novel without spoiling the ending – but I will say that the end of the novel shocked, horrified and angered me; possibly because it seemed so worryingly real. 

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