Book Review: 1984 by George Orwell

Rating : 10/10

Nineteen Eighty-Four is a brilliant, brilliant story set in the dystopian environs of the year 1984; Orwell proficiently paints the picture of life in a totalitarian regime and the utter obscurity which prevails as a result of the society’s blind faith in Big Brother – a prime, dominating figure who governs the masses with the aid of fear and hatred. Through the obstinate consciousness of the protagonist, Winston Smith – a member of one of the Party’s main constituents: The Outer Party, the story unfolds in a series of events, eventually tragic and heart-wrenching. The book is built on political grounds and contains mature, explicit themes which may be inapt for some audiences. In the atmosphere of terror, Orwell has weaved, Smith risks a transgression, a sordid sin in the eyes of the Party – he indulges in a secret affair with his fellow colleague: Julia. As the story progresses, the darker themes of Orwell’s writing come to the light, there is no deciding what is true and what is false, reality itself seems to be an illusion; such is the befuddling of the mind. Nineteen Eighty-Four remains a prized classic to this day, an example of Orwell’s exemplary work.

-Hadia