My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Doubtless this book is a classic in that most of its ‘predictions’ as it were are coming true. There’s doublespeak that exists, and ubiquitous surveillance a la Big Brother. Conformity is encouraged. Freethinking is admonished and in extreme cases met with vitriolic hate, sometimes leading even to murder. We are bombarded from all sides, especially screaming ‘news’ anchors about what ‘enemy’ to hate today and for what. And it changes every couple of days. We still haven’t reached the levels of insanity as shown in 1984, but to my cynical mind, we are getting there.
Yet, it is not for its prophetic nature that I adore this book. Rather, I like this book because in its relatively short length it makes me care for Winston. A lot. To the point that upon finishing the book, I actually just sat there for about five minutes mentally mumbling “No, no, no, no” to myself and being completely heartbroken at the soul-crushing and mind-numbing defeat that Winston faces. It really moved me and is my second favourite book ever. And I can guarantee that it will move you.
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Read another review of 1984 that I wrote in Spanish, here.
- The essence of oligarchical rule is not father-to-son inheritance, but the persistence of a certain world-view and a certain way of life, imposed by the dead upon the living.