Sunday Book Review – 1984 by George Orwell

Book reviews by D.G. Kaye

 

Today’s book review is on George Orwell’s 1984. 

As the political climate in government heats up in the U.S., many readers have been going back to this book and finding ‘similarities’ in what seems to be happening in the ‘new order’ of presidency. I read this decades ago but after re-reading, found it an unsettling read, yet couldn’t put the book down.

 

1984

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Blurb:

 

First published in 1949, George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four has lost none of the impact with which it first hit readers. 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. . .

 

My 5 Star Review

 

It has been a long, long time since I’d read this book in high school but felt compelled to read it again due to the many references to the book made because of the current change in US government. Many comparisons have been made to this book with the new world of ‘alternative facts’ and ‘authoritarian’ governments.

A worthy read and interesting, if not frightening food for thought, and although a well written book, I found the book quite disturbing.