I read this in about three days...I thought it was going to take me three weeks!
I featured this on my Classics I want to read in 2018 well, early 2019 counts. I didn't know a great deal about the book prior to reading it. I knew it was a cult classics with a dystopian narrative. But that's where my knowledge ended. I had no idea how many references stemmed from 1984!
Before I knew it I was over 100 pages in and was clamouring to read more. Winston was a brilliant character to read from, he was the personality type that you'd like to imagine you'd be in a dystopian world. Determined to survive but not at the cost of your morals, though it's a somewhat hopeless situation to be in. Feeling as though you're the only one that can see through the propaganda.
I'd consider this a tragic love story, on par with Romeo and Juliet. Perhaps why the woman Winston falls for is called Julie... It's unbelievable how many aspects of the world the party and Big Brother controlled. Including, prohibiting love! They viewed intimacy as a threat to the parties ideology, that the only person you should be devoted to is this mythical Big Brother.
Like Swastika Night and Man in the High Castle, this book scared me because it presents a possibility. Some aspects I can imagine making their way into the world one day. Like the invention of a new form of language. Newspeak. I always think it's incredible when an author creates a new language. Fortunately, this one was decidedly easier to understand than NADSAT in A Clockwork Orange.
I haven't read a classic where the plot makes me gasp. I can't recall that ever having happened! My dad read this before I did and I kept having to ask him about events because I couldn't believe that had just happened.
I'm going to be working my way through all of Orwell's work now. I adored 1984.
Author: George Orwell
Publisher: Penguin Modern Classics
Have you read 1984?
What did you think?
Thank-you for reading,