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.
Animal Farm freaked me out, but the ideas behind it were nothing short of amazing. This book creeped me out, but its ideas were nothing short of insane(ly realistic). I read this for extra credit and then did a study guide on it in the beginning of seventh grade. I was blown away by the ideas of it all, and for nights afterward, I would just think about the book before I fell asleep. This book is insane, but at the same time it is not. Haha. Pun. Contradiction. (Ah, well, at least I get it).
This story is closer to our world than many people realize. The situation, in a nutshell:
Once upon a time, there was a man named Winston. He had a job rewriting history. He came to fall in love with a girl who rebels against the government. He, in turn, became involved with the rebellion. He learns about what it means to oppose the government, and just how easy it is for people to become one, single mind. He realizes that the only people with the power to overthrow the government are unmotivated and happy with themselves. This is his story, a story of betrayal, loss, what it means to love another and the sacrifices every hero makes.
Not my best synopsis, but it’ll do. Much better than those synopsis’ like the first one up top. It basically tells you how amazing and mind-blowing it is without really telling you anything about the story. I hate those kinds of synopsis’. It’s like people who didn’t actually read the book is stalling. It’s the same mindset as this:
Don’t you just hate that? Someone hands you a flyer you have absolutely no interest in so you want to hand it back but that wouldn’t be ‘socially acceptable’, so you just take it and throw it away three feet from where they were standing. They don’t do it so you have to.
1984 is a cautionary tale on social commentary, what we do and just how close the future is. I mean, when everyone who knows the past is dead, when the history books are rewritten, then who is left who knows what the past really was? That’s even happening in other countries, it’s happened in the past. Books are things to be feared, people. They’re knowledge, and power. I’d highly recommend this book, but it’s not for those who are weak of heart or need instant satisfaction on every page. You have to get about thirty pages in for it to get interesting. Definitely not for younger readers.
pg count for the paperback: 328
My study guide on this book: 1984 study guide