WEEKLY WONDER: 1984, by George Orwell (#46)

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This week’s wonder is:

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1984, by George Orwell.

SO, WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?

1984 is Orwell’s interpretation of a dystopian future. Winston Smith is a citizen of Oceania, a totalitarian society where individuality is punished and freedom of thought is not only a concept that is illegal, but also a concept that has ceased to exist. Unwavering loyalty to the omnipresent Party and its leader Big Brother is not an option but an accepted way of life. Yet, within Winston lies the spark of rebellion- a hope for change.


A GLIMPSE BETWEEN THE PAGES

“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.”

“In the face of pain there are no heroes.”

“Being in a minority, even in a minority of one, did not make you mad. There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.”

“Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else.”

“Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimetres inside your skull. ”

“Sanity is not statistical.”


WHAT I LOVE ABOUT IT

  • You may have noticed my liking for dystopias by now. If The Hunger Games was a seven and Divergent was a three on the “Messed Up” scale, 1984 is a clear hundred.
  • While 1984 shares quite a few themes with Animal Farm, it differs from it simply because of the time period referenced in each book. Animal Farm is a book with historical allusions sprinkled throughout, with quite a few of the characters acting as parodies of actual historical figures. 1984, on the other hand, is set in the ‘future’.
  • Media and its censorship play a major role in 1984. As I really enjoy seeing how media affects society, this was an interesting book to read.
  • 1984 also explores the theme of fear- something that quite a few dystopian novels make the focus of their plot. Used as a tool of persuasion and control, fear has been well used as a plot point here.
  • 1984 manages to be disturbing without resorting to extreme gore (except for Room 101.)

PER CONTRA

  • There were certain parts of the book where the protagonist is reading literature from the leader of the rebels. Those parts were about as interesting as reading an actual manifesto.
  • This book is not meant for the fainthearted or the reader who’s used to lighter, simpler fare. 1984  is a book that contains a lot of propaganda and can be hard to comprehend.

WHO IS IT FOR?

  • Lovers of Dystopian fiction.
  • If you like H.G Wells.
  • Veteran readers who can deal with the harrowing experience that this book just happens to be.

I hope you like the book.

Happy Reading!

Pallavi.

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