“Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood.”
Hidden away in the Record Department of the sprawling Ministry of Truth, Winston Smith skillfully rewrites the past to suit the needs of the Party.
He inwardly rebels against the totalitarian world he lives in, which demands absolute obedience and controls him through the all-seeing telescreens and the watchful eye of Big Brother, symbolic head of the Party.
In his longing for truth and liberty, Smith begins a secret love affair with a fellow-worker Julia, but soon discovers the true price of freedom is betrayal.
In the past couple of weeks, we have been reviewing different genres of books. We had books that teach, books that entertain or books that will grab your heart and will not let go. This week we have a novel that became a classic and should not be overlooked. Let us introduce you to a shocking masterpiece that is 1984 by George Orwell. This book will provoke your thinking and leave you amazed.
'It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.'
As one of Britain's most famous novels, this dystopian tale is set in a society terrorised by a totalitarian ideology propagated by The Party. Big Brother stares out from every poster, the Thought Police uncovers every act of betrayal.
This is not a story that will amuse you but a story that will make you think. It will make you reflect on the world we live in and what could happen if we don't work together to make it better. It is not a light read, but it is definitely a read that is worth the time and consideration.
It's easy to change history if there is no other evidence than the one that is presented in front of us by others. It's easy to steer a ship if you know where you going. But what if we went against the wind?
With this novel, George Orwell only proves to us that he is an exceptional writer that knows how to come up with perfect analogies.
1984 by George Orwell is also a prescribed text for the Leaving Certificate English examination (Ordinary Level) in 2020 and 2021.
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