George Orwell's "Nineteen Eighty-Four" is something of a
prophecy. First published in 1949, it is a satirical
at totalitarianism and the balance of power in society.
These were topical issues at the time. It was just
the Second World War, when governmental situations were
turmoil and when the potentially destructive effect of
dictatorship was evident. In such a time of political
unrest, it was difficult to see a way
Eighty-Four" was a glimpse at what the future may hold
Little did Orwell know how true his words would ring
over half a century later. Even today, the hard hitting
implications of the book have not lost their effect
the passing of time. It is in fact maybe even more
today's society, though at the time the author could
have foreseen this happening.
Many of the concepts in the book have become a part of
modern reality and a lot of the words Orwell uses are
recognised in ordinary daily speech. Terms such as "big
brother", "room 101" and "thought police" are familiar
all of us. However it is not only the words with which
can identify, but also their significance.
"Nineteen Eighty-Four" describes the ultimate 'nanny
state'. The hero of the story is Winston Smith,
against this dictatorial regime. This struggle is well
known to many in the world today. The question the book
raises is whether an individual can be successful in
staging a revolution or whether he will inevitably be
crushed by the system.
I feel that this book is an absolutely essential read
everybody. No matter what the background or nationality
the reader, I am sure that there is nobody who could
to identify with some of the ideas and concepts
in this book, which as well as being a political
commentary, is also an entertaining story.