Is privacy important? What can or should an individual do when facing oppression? What is the past? What is the truth? Can we trust our own memory? How important is the freedom of thought?
All these questions – and one million more- are raised by George Orwell’s legendary dystopian novel 1984.
It is the year 1984… or is it? The fact seems to have slipped Winston Smith’s mind. He can’t remember much about the past or his life. But then the memory starts to come back and he realizes the oppressive society around him and develops an urge to rebell – in any form.
Even without the great and horrible ideas behind this book, without admiring Orwell’s ability to predict parts of the future, 1984 is still a great book. The story is suspenseful, a rollercoaster of hope and desperation and a constant questioning of what is true and what is a lie.
Our main character is Winston Smith, a Party member and an employee of the Ministry of Truth. One day, he starts thinking, and that could be his end. Winston is not a thourougly pleasant character. He is selfish and sometimes questionable ethics. That adds to the story, as it makes it even more believable.
As to the other characters we meet in this book – I don’t want to spoil the experience for you!
The writing style makes it easy to read, which is good, as the topic itself is really hard to grasp sometimes and the reader has to focuss his attention to it. This however does not mean, that the book is badly written. Half the book is in my opinion extremly quotable.
This book is just awesome. Breathtaking. Thought-provoking. So many things. I feel like I could write books about this book and I am glad, that my boyfriend has already read it so that I have someone that can listen to the many things that I have to say about this book. We already had discussions about some of the topics while I read the book and I feel that there will be many more in the future.
5/5 One of the best books I read. Ever.