It took me a while to finish this book. Not because I didn’t like it, but I guess some book you just read slower than others.
When I finally turned the last page, I was completely shocked by what I had read.
But let’s start at the beginning.
This book is a classic. It had been sitting on my shelf for a long time and I always said that I would pick it up next but there were always other books. While I was reading this book, I also started and finished at least three other books.
This book tells you the story of Winston Smith who works at the Ministry of Truth. His job is to falsify facts to support the power of the Party. People disappear all the time and when they do, Winston erases all the traces of that persons existence. Or he changes dates or names, in other words everything that needs changing to make it seem as if the Party is always right.
There are other employees who do this job without thinking twice about it, but Winston realizes what is happening and is not so keen on the way things are. So he starts dreaming about rebellion against Big Brother and his Party.
Needles to say, things go from bad to worse. There were moments in this book where I was absolutely disgusted. Part of the story is about breaking a person both physically and mentally until nothing of that person’s self remains and he has become a puppet for the Party.
I did like the intricacy of the story. There were so many layers to it and the details are amazing. George Orwell invented a world with a new language (the explanation to this language is in the back of my book, so I read that first). Even though it’s fiction, it’s real enough for you to believe it. This world is a possibility, I just hope it will never come to that because it’s definitely not a world I want to live in.
One of the most interesting layers of the story was how the human brain works in stress situations. It’s not something I normally give a lot of thought to but I found it amazing to realize that you could actually brainwash people using pain, misery and fear. Once again not something I want to see happening..
The only things I didn’t like was the part where they quote a few pages from a book about the Party and what’s happened to the world. I know that this shows you the history of the party and it helps you understand what happened but I really didn’t feel like reading a text-book, I was longing for some action 😉 So I scanned over it rather than read it in dept, sorry (I’m not sorry)..
Have you read 1984? You haven’t? Well, you probably should 🙂
It’s a really good book and it makes you think about the world you live in.
(I also really liked Animal Farm, just to throw it out there…)
What is your favorite classic?
Any you want to recommend?
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