Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Good Reads | 1984

19841984 by George Orwell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I don't think I've ever seen something like this before.

I love dystopian novels and films, mainly because they're different and controversial. 1984 by George Orwell, to me, was absolutely mind-blowing.

Who could've possibly imagined an alternative world where such logic could exist? A world where the human being is degraded to such a kind of person where moral standards and humanitarianism is a joke. This novel made me step back and look at several horrifying truths about our society.

A world where there are only three major governments, all totalitarianism governments, that control and monitor every single event in its domain. History and truth is ever changing to suit the government's needs, and people are "vanished" for the mere act of Thoughtcrime, an offence of simply thinking negative thoughts toward the government.

Winston Smith, the protagonist of the novel is a person who sees through the government's lies and deceptions, and think that it is outright wrong. As the story progresses, we disturbingly see the human spirit rise with hope and then fall, vanquished pathetically.

This book is terrifying, disgusting, and simply an amazing piece of work. This book is something that makes you think, no matter how hard you may or may not want to. Be grateful that we still have the privilege of privacy and freedom of speech, because this is the kind of world we would be living in without them.

I truly and honestly look forward to reading George Orwell's Animal Farm in the very near future.

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