Author: George Orwell
Genres: Science Fiction, Dystopia, Classic, Literature
Published: June 8, 1949
Retail Price: $5.95
Rating: 1/5 stars
“1984 has come and gone, but George Orwell’s prophetic, nightmarish vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is timelier than ever. 1984 is still the great modern classic of “Negative Utopia” – a startlingly original and haunting novel that creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing, from the first sentence to the last four words. No one can deny this novel’s power, its hold on the imaginations of whole generations, or the power of its admonitions – a power that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time.” – Goodreads
1984 is about the life of Winston Smith in a world where everything is controlled by the the Party including your memories and even the past. With a whole different language and an on going war, Winston has to control his thoughts and actions until its too late and he has to deal with the consequences.
As you can tell by my rating, I did not enjoy this book one bit. It followed my trend of every single other male written classic book that I’ve read for school (I mean Lord of the Flies and Fahrenheit 451). To me, it was boring and overly explained for no reason. The 1 star comes from the last 50 pages and tiny bit of action and rebellion that I actually enjoyed.
To further explain what I mean by over explaining (haha), I mean that any description could last for up to half a page when it could be explained in two to three sentences. Or scenes that were happening but no action was happening lasted for so many pages and I’d find myself daydreaming for four-fifths of the pages and have to go back and reread it.
Winston wasn’t much of a character even though the whole story revolves about him. He would think things but often never acted on them for a while. His personality was never able to be pointed on because of the situation he was in, and it wouldn’t be remembered by me as a character. He also didn’t make much initiative on his own. Julia, another one of our characters, was cool, and I liked her because of her spunk and smartness of how to cheat the system but other than that, after knowing her for about 50 pages, I didn’t enjoy her that much because she seemed kind of dumb and I didn’t like that she seemed to be rebelling for all the wrong reasons. A last character I’d like to mention is O’Brien. He really confused me. I’m not sure what his actual role was supposed to be in this book. The good guy or the bad guy? O’Brien’s on back and forthness and Winston’s on and off love for him made me confused as to what my opinion towards him was supposed to be.
1984 would be great for fans of the other similar classics like mentioned before, fans of super complex and detailed worlds, and slow storylines.
“Always in your stomach and in your skin there was a sort of protest, a feeling that you had been cheated of something you had a right to,” Page 52.