For years, the only indication I had that I might enjoy George Orwell’s 1984 was that it was titled after the year of my birth.
I’d heard of terms like Big Brother, Room 101, and DoubleThink before, sure, but I’d never considered them with the same kind of reverence that I do now.
It was only when the book fell into my possession, completely by chance, that I came to join the scores of people who consider this book to be an all-time classic.
War is Peace
1984 is a genuinely terrifying book, with an eerie sense of paranoia and unease that oozes off the page like the vapors from some toxic waste spillage and seeps deep into your veins, pulling you physically into the world of Winston Smith and his war against The Party.
It’s terrifying not because the horrors it contains are unimaginable, but actually quite the opposite.
The copy of the book that I have is a reprint from the year 1984 itself. On the back cover, the blurb notes:
“Now in the eighties – our present and Orwell’s brilliantly imagined future – his vision of brutalized and manipulated humanity is still gripping and still supremely relevant.”
Three decades later, and nearly seven decades since 1984 was first published, and it’s still as relevant today.
In 2017, you could very much imagine living in the kind of world Orwell describes in this book Some would probably tell you that we are already, and I wouldn’t necessarily disagree with them.
But it isn’t just the author’s haunting accuracy that makes 1984 such an essential piece of literature.
George Orwell is an accomplished writer with a command of the English language which makes every single thing he writes utterly compelling.
Freedom is Slavery
With this book, he writes in a style that makes you experience everything that happens to Winston as though it were happening to you.
True story, the first time I read this book, there was a part where I genuinely shed a few tears.
Trust me, it isn’t often that a book moves me to tears, but this one certainly did, and not just because it was named after the year of my birth.
1984 by George Orwell is the fourth entry in my list of my Top 12 All Time Favourite books.
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