Author: George Orwell
About the Author: George Orwell, real name Eric Arthur Blair, was an English writer and critic. He had firsthand experience to social injustice and opposed totalitarianism as a supporter of democratic socialism. He is best known for his novels "Animal Farm" and "1984".
Other Books by This Author: Animal Farm, Down and Out in Paris and London, Burmese Days, Homage to Catalonia, Politics and the English Language, Why I Write, The Road to Wigan Pier, (and others)
Awards: Prometheus Hall of Fame Award
Medium: Hardcover, with connections
No. of Pages: 304
Original Publishing Year: 1949
Genre: Dystopian Fiction
Age Rating: 16+, some mature content, mature ideas
Positive Review: "1984" was very well written. I liked the writing style, specifically Orwell's style of punctuation. Imagery is a key point for me to properly understanding a story, and in this novel, the setting and and characters were mostly well described. There were good ideas discussed in the book, some of which keep the novel relevant today. It was the fear of a controlled future that enthralled readers in the past and it is that same fear that brought the novel back up in the light.
Negative Review: The novel was slow to progress and lacked a climax, but perhaps I just didn't notice it. The story was vague about the protagonist's, Winston Smith's, life, only providing a few flashbacks. While I do enjoy romance, "1984" focused a bit too much on the relationship between Winston and his partner. In my personal opinion, the extent to which the relationship was present in the novel was excessive and the information did not contribute to the story. There were times when I was confused about how some events happened and what occurred that led up to these situations; a little more background would have been nice. I very much disliked Book 2, Chapter 9, when Winston was reading Goldstein's book. This chapter dragged with such little plot, but it was informative.
Overall Review: It was a good read, and I definitely recommend it as something that should be added to your to-be-read pile. As a dystopia of a futuristic society (futuristic for the time it was written) portraying the horrible sides to humanity, it was quite thought provoking. I do wish the characters were better portrayed, such as details to their appearance, so that I could better picture their faces (as a visual person, I like to be able to "see" the characters). The ending was also not what I had expected, #plottwist. While it may not exactly have been my cup of tea, it was an interesting read, albeit a bit slow at times, but overall mostly enjoyable.
Summary: Big Brother is always watching you. The year is probably 1984, and Oceania is currently ruled by the Party, a totalitarian regime called "Big Brother". Big Brother always was and always will be, just as there will always be a war. 2+2=5. Whatever the Party says is the truth and any question otherwise would lead to an altercation with the Thought Police. The population is divided into the uneducated proletariat and the Party members. Winston Smith, the protagonist, does not remember much of the time before Airstrip One, before Oceania, before Big Brother. When he tries a new way of thinking, he finds everything, in the end, comes back to Big Brother.
War is Peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.