Skip to main content

Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell (book review)



Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell is the first book by this author I have ever read and is a book which is about a government that spies on and listens to everything and if you do not think or act how they are wanting will make you disappear from all existence. Broken into three parts which shows a different side of the world that they are living in.

Part 1: 
Part one of the book is getting the reader understanding of the world in which the protagonist a man called Winston is living in and his normality. This is shown by showing a world where emotions are not allowed to be felt or any thoughts in which "the party" do not feel necessary for the world they are in and if you are found thinking or feeling anything in which they do not feel is acceptable then you will be killed. They also make it impossible to ever think anything bad about them by changing the language to have no words which is against the message of the party themselves as well as having workers which will edit history to make things seem like there has never been any change and in which people do not question and believe really easily. Due to this we hear of an organisation called "The Brotherhood" in which is trying to take down "the party" with any means necessary to try and break people free from the control of the government in which is currently taking over. As a result of this the main character Winston buys a diary and starts to write down his thoughts even though he knows that this is wrong and can get him caught and killed by the government if he is caught doing so, which is especially hard as all televisions are not able to be turned off and they are always watching everyone to know when someone is disobeying them as well as microphones are everywhere to try and hear everything in which is said so no-one can turn against them in thought or actions.

Part 2:
The second part of this book shows a love interest for Winston called Julia and how they come to love each other and both despise "the party" and due to this have a strong connection to each other. While this needs to be secret they manage to find time to be together both as company as well as in a sexual manner. It also shows how as the enemy changes from one person to another within the government and the wars how the people who are working for "the party" are to change everything in which has already been written in history to make it seem like they have always been the enemy so that no-one can argue over this, history has now been altered and therefore it was always true for those looking into the past. As this happens Winston and Julia get added to the "brotherhood" and are willing to do anything to bring down the government that they already have and are given a manual in which teaches them about the "brotherhood" and what it means to everyone and why "the party" are the way they have been set up. However, in the end they get caught by the Thought Police!

Part 3:
The final part of this book is about how after they have been caught they get tortured over and over from beatings to shock therapy to their worst fears to make them confess to their sins as well as change everything about their thoughts to make it the ideals of "the party" and only when you have learned to love Big Brother are they willing to kill you! As a result of this you feel sorry for the character and everything he has had to go through because his thoughts are not what the government is wanting. As well as this you notice that the "brotherhood" is nothing like you thought that it was and is in result made up by Big Brother to find the people who are against them and the world they are therefore a part of.

Overall:
Overall, this book is an amazing read and a book I wish I had found out about earlier. This book seems really relevant to today as well with the government always watching it really makes you wonder if this is what is next for the human race. This is a book I found hard to put down once I had started it and one I would highly recommend to adults!

Rate: 4/5

Comments

  1. The first edition was published in the year 1949, in this edition 2+2=5 later in in 1951 the book was reprinted, it seems a print error went unnoticed for years.
    The error changes the dynamic of the story, in the error version the numerical sum becomes 2+2=
    I prefer the first edition version, even though it is not as soft an ending.
    Which do you prefer ?

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Fighting With My Family (film review) *contains spoilers*

Film: Fighting With My Family
Year: 2019
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Directed By: Stephen Merchant
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Lena Headey, Vince Vaughn
About: A former wrestler and his family make a living performing at small venues around the country while his kids dream of joining World Wrestling Entertainment.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-X5WnMzOvA

My Review:
Having had my eye on this film for a while I was la when Netflix brought it on the service and I could finally see this especially with it having Dwayne Johnson and Vince Vaughn in it. Being also asked to review this film I thought it would be a good opportunity to do both of these at the same time. This is a film I never noticed was a biography movie before seeing it and I thought was good for showing more about the wrestler Paige.

I enjoyed how this film showed how a girl from England first got into wrestling and how it was her dream to be in the WWE and got given the opportunity. By also showing how she goes throu…

The Current War (film review)

Film: The Current War
Year: 2017
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Directed By: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Oliver Powell, Katherine Waterston
About: The dramatic story of the cutthroat race between electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse to determine whose electrical system would power the modern world
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kue18AxK1tU

My Review:
Having wanted to see The Current War since it was in the cinema after seeing how it had an incredible cast of actors in which I already like I knew I had to see it once it came onto DVD. Not only this but not knowing much about the electricity feud this was a subject in which I found myself really interested in which made me enjoy this film a lot more than I had expected.

I thought that it was good how it showed the rivalry between both Edison and Westinghouse and how Edison was willing to tarnish his name in order to get ahead and even go against his own beliefs in order to try and win the…

Fred Claus (film review) *contains spoilers*

Film: Fred Claus
Year: 2007
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Directed By: David Dobkin
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Paul Giamatti, Elizabeth Banks
About: Fred Claus, Santa's bitter older brother, is forced to move to the North Pole to help Santa and the elves prepare for Christmas in exchange for cash.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzXjtxZaGS8

My Review:
Over the Christmas period I decided to watch some films that I hadn't previously seen before and one of those being Fred Claus I thought that this was different to other Christmas movies as it focus' on Santa's brother rather than on Santa himself but also on how to keep Christmas alive and not have it closed down. By having Vince Vaughn as the main character in this I had good expectations for this movie as I generally enjoy everything in which I have seen him in.

I thought that Fred Claus was good in how it showed how Nicholas became a saint and how he is able to be Santa with the family not being able to age as a resul…