April 1984. 13:00. Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, thinks a thought, starts a diary and falls in love. But Big Brother is watching him and the door to Room 101 can swing open in the blink of an eye. This major new production explores the world inside Winston Smith s head, as well as the world without, and catches the euphoria and bliss buried deep underneath the cold face of Big Brother.
Wow. This book is mind-boggling. And with that, the review is done. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell is one of the biggest pieces of literature of the 20th century. Written in 1949 it portrays a dystopian 1984, in a world controlled and looked over by Big Brother, the supreme leader. Everything that would’ve gone wrong, has. Everything is checked, known, seen, heard.
A truly amazing way of looking at the world that sometimes seems to actually happen in reality. Extremely well written from Winston’s perspective, we learn how complicated life can become if you try to step out of line. A whole new society if formed and relationships between humans are so distorted at times it’s hard to get your head around people’s reactions.
Besides the general struggle of the people in it, we have the personal, internal struggles of Winston and how careful he must be. A strong character that lives through some interesting times.
I have to admit it was an experience, reading it. Makes you think, makes you appreciate all the freedom that you have. And it’s so easily lost. Scary at times, I think. I know it deserves a read. It is worth looking at how bad can things go when even thoughts can become a crime.
You can look at the book from so many perspectives and you will find something interesting. I did like it, and think of it something with a special place in someone’s literary must read.
Let me know if you read it and what did you think of it.