1984 by george orwell

Book Review – 1984 by George Orwell

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If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to live within the North Korean regime, this book is probably the best depiction.

One theme in 1984 I found most interesting was the falsification of reality and erasure of history through scrupulous disinformation, as well as the insanity that one can stumble under when ruminating over whether or not there’s really a world outside of human consciousness. Overall though, 1984 wasn’t anything too mind-blowing. It was thought-provoking at best. Since its publication in the ’40s, the idea of an extreme totalitarian government has been explored through countless other works of fiction and philosophy. I’d still recommend reading the book, however, if only to explore the full-extent of what an uncontested single-party system could potentially achieve.

Just be warned: like with most classics, 1984 is inherently sexist and a tad racist, but that’s to be expected given the era in which it was written.

5 comments

  1. Nice review! I read this for the first time this year. What stood out to me was how telescreens remind me a lot of all our “smart” technology… If it were the government listening, we’d all be freaking out. But private companies are somehow ok? In any case, it wasn’t amazing but I’m glad to have read it. I can finally understand cultural references to it!

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    1. Thank you! I agree, the telescreens definitely reminded me of what our smart devices could become. But instead of a government rule, we’d have a corporate rule. Also glad to have finally read this for its cultural relevance!

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