Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

Out of 5 ♦ – ♦♦♦

Nineteen Eighty-Four is a classic science fiction/ dystopian book. I got interested in this book when I was looking for books to read, I looked at my recommended reading in my English book and found this in the science fiction section. I then got it as one of the many books I received as Christmas gifts.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book even though I gave it a 3. I think I had two problems with this book. One being how it is very politics based and there is quite a long section in the book that is just an extract of a political book. The second one being that it may have been a bit old for me as there is talk of sexual intercourse and implied sex. This book was published in June 1949 and was written about a possible future, quite a messed up future, even though 1984 is long gone now. I wasn’t alive back then but I’m sure, and thankful, that these events didn’t take place.

The story follows a man of 39 years old called Winston Smith. He is a rather unexceptional person with a rather unexceptional job in The Ministry of Truth. He lives in a future where there is a constant war and where you must believe everything that is said by the party even if you know it’s wrong. Their slogan is: WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH. But he starts to realise that not everything the party says is true and starts to defy the leader Big Brother. What will happen to him?

George Orwell was born Eric Arthur Blair on the 25th June 1903 and died on the 21st January 1950 after completing his masterpiece, Nineteen Eighty-Four. He was born in British India but moved to Oxfordshire a year later. He wrote other books such as Burmese Days and A Hanging but his most popular were Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four. There is a rather long About the Author and Foreword in the book, where you can learn more about George Orwell and Nineteen Eighty-Four, if you have the patience to read it, and I also hope that you have the patience to read the whole book whilst you’re at it!

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