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Shvoong Home>Books>Nineteen Eighty-Four Review

Nineteen Eighty-Four

Book Review   by:roisin     Original Author: George Orwell
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George Orwell's "Nineteen Eighty-Four" is something of a

prophecy. First published in 1949, it is a satirical
look

at totalitarianism and the balance of power in society.

These were topical issues at the time. It was just
after

the Second World War, when governmental situations were
in

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
forward. "Nineteen

Eighty-Four" was a glimpse at what the future may hold
in

store.



Little did Orwell know how true his words would ring
even

over half a century later. Even today, the hard hitting

implications of the book have not lost their effect
over

the passing of time. It is in fact maybe even more
valid in

today's society, though at the time the author could
not

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
well

recognised in ordinary daily speech. Terms such as "big

brother", "room 101" and "thought police" are familiar
to

all of us. However it is not only the words with which
we

can identify, but also their significance.



"Nineteen Eighty-Four" describes the ultimate 'nanny

state'. The hero of the story is Winston Smith,
struggling

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
for

everybody. No matter what the background or nationality
of

the reader, I am sure that there is nobody who could
fail

to identify with some of the ideas and concepts
contained

in this book, which as well as being a political

commentary, is also an entertaining story.
Published: August 25, 2005   
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