Book Review of 1984

Author: George Orwell
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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1984 is about an imagined future where government control is absolute and privacy is non- existent. The Party controls fact and reality, in so far as rewriting the past and making disagreeable thought- yes thought!- a crime. Individualism in any form is considered suspicious. Literature, art, music- all rewritten and distributed by the Party. Children are indoctrinated with the ideals of the Party and conditioned to accept Big Brother as infallible- even in contradiction. It is a society built on hate and fear with the sole purpose of maintaining the current structure of power.

I enjoyed the political tones of the book and Orwell's message. I was surprised that I found his arguments for both sides (individualism and collectivism) compelling. Although I do not believe the 'Free World' will ever see a society like this come to fruition, I do believe Orwell's vision is the blueprint of organized religion.

I suggest everyone read this book at least once (as I suggest with all of the classics). The storyline is somewhat predictable and flawed but the train of thought it elicits is certainly worth the read.