Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Review: 1984 by George Orwell

Title: 1984
Author: George Orwell
Publisher: Penguin
Pages: 336
Genres: Classics

1984

Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth in London, chief city of Airstrip One. Big Brother stares out from every poster, the Thought Police uncover every act of betrayal. When Winston finds love with Julia, he discovers that life does not have to be dull and deadening, and awakens to new possibilities. Despite the police helicopters that hover and circle overhead, Winston and Julia begin to question the Party; they are drawn towards conspiracy. Yet Big Brother will not tolerate dissent - even in the mind. For those with original thoughts they invented Room 101. . .

Nineteen Eighty-Four is George Orwell's terrifying vision of a totalitarian future in which everything and everyone is slave to a tyrannical regime. The novel also coined many new words and phrases which regular appear in popular culture, such as 'Big Brother', 'thoughtcrime', 'doublethink' and 'Newspeak'.
I really tried with this book but I just couldn't read it anymore. Reading 1984 felt like eating an incredibly cold, dry piece of toast - so boring it was eye-watering. I lost the will to live when the main character reads 'The Book' which is a political text about the realities of the corrupt world in which he lives. For endless pages the passages of this book within a book droned on and on, I was yawning my head off.

The whole book felt so dated, Orwell's imagined dystopian world of the future was the most boring thing I have ever read. Winston made me feel ill, as a main character I was praying that somebody would just shoot him and put him (and me) out of misery. 1984 feels like it exists solely in order to provide great source material for heavy essays. However, as a novel it truly tests the theory of whether it's possible for the reader to die of boredom.


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