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1984 by George Orwell
1984 by George Orwell

1984 – George Orwell – Book Review

1984 by George Orwell

1984
George Orwell

1984 is a very serious book. But when I sat down to write a review I couldn’t help yet recalling a joke I read about it. So I am sharing it here with you too.
Him: Do you like to read books?
Her: yes I love it.
Him: which is your favourite book?
Her: 1984
Him: 😳 so many????
In the novel England is ruled by a totalitarian government called the β€œParty”. A totalitarian form of government is the one that prohibits all opposition parties, outlaws individual and group opposition to the state. It claims, excersizes and extremely tight, if not complete, private life.

Our main character Winston Smith represents an ordinary citizen who works in the Ministry of truth. This ministry works on destroying or modifying the actual truth existing in books, newspapers etc. They create new truths to suit the agenda of the Party.

Winston, like the majority of us who know there is wrong all around you. But you are too scared and insecure to rebel from the norm. He’s unhappy, longs for the real truth and liberty. He hopes to find like minded people around him.

One day his colleague Julia confesses her love for him. This becomes a much needed respite for him. Julia is another interesting character who knows what is wrong yet doesn’t believe in breaking out. Rather she seeks ways to live life to the fullest in finding loopholes. This represents another kind of public who don’t want to take on a challenge and break the status co.

Winston finally meets someone he believes is part of the resistance. He aims to join hands to make a change. Along with him the reader also becomes hopeful at this stage. A happy ending seems possible at last. There is hope and despare, anger and helplessness. Then dreams of a brighter future are totally collapsed. It’s up to you now what you want to hold on to.

1984 is a work of dystopian fiction. A genre describing an imaginary place where life is extremely tough because of deprivation, or oppression or terror.

The time when it was written has changed and the world has moved on.

But, does time ever change? Apparently not or not much indeed. In the book there is a screen install in every home, office, public place that watches and spies on you round the clock. Isn’t it something we are going through too? Whether through social media, our phones or the endless supply of leaked audios and videos we come across every other day. This screen broadcasts what the Party wants the public to see and hear. The same is the case in our media.
If you speak or act against the Party, they will arrest you.

In this book they install screen in every home, office and public place. The spy you round the clock.

Isn’t it something we are going through too?

Whether through social media, our phones or the endless supply of leaked audios and videos we come across every other day. This screen broadcasts what the Party wants the public to see and hear. The same is the case in our media.
If you speak or act against the Party, they will arrest you.

Now this is something we can relate to as well. In the short while I was reading there was a constant thinking in my mind that this might be fiction for them, but it’s a reality for us.

I recommend it.

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About Sidra Javed

Sidra Javed is a home maker yet reading enthusiast. She loves reading different genres and likes to share her views with others, hoping this will inspire others to take up reading books. On the contrary she's interested in Calligraphy and Art too. She loves adding creativity and delicacy in food.

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