George Orwell


“ Two gin-scented tears trickled down the sides of his nose. But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother" (297)

1984 is George Orwell's dystopian masterpiece. It takes place in London during the year 1984 in a time where all is controlled by surveillance and "Thought Police". Orwell writes this novel in the year 1949, making it somewhat of an eerie prediction (or warning) of the future. The story follows Winston Smith, an editor for the Records Department of The Ministry of Truth.  His job is to rewrite history in favor of the political party; however, his thoughts, drift far away from the desired pattern. His stray thoughts lead him to discover The Brotherhood, a hidden community of persons against the party. Winston's journey is truly one of suspense and disobedience for a greater good.

1984 Apple Computer commercial that aired during the Super Bowl.

Banner of The Party


Upon picking up this book, I was honestly intimidated by its initial chapter because of complex language structure and abstract ideas. When given time; however, this book became a favorite of mine. It never failed at keeping me interested and providing me with hours of entertainment. Winston's journey is also very relatable in a sense that authority simply has the last declaration despite anything. 1984 brings to light many political corruptions especially after the highly controversial revelation by Edward Snowden of the spying on the American people by the NSA. I would recommend 1984 not only because of its entertainment value but because of the important ideas of society it possesses.

Overall Review 8.5/10

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