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"Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two makes four. If that is granted, all else follows." - George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four.
The year is 1984 and Earth is split among three governing parties – Eastasia, Eurasia and the one we are concerned with, Oceania. The ignorance of the people, and brainwashing their curiosity out of them, is the how the party remains in power. The setting is essentially similar to that of a dystopian era novel.
Our protagonist Winston has a simple life, a steady job and a secret – He hates the government. In a world where your government dictates your basest thoughts, even thinking about hating the government is an act of rebellion.
And that is what makes 1984 a breath of fresh air. The story doesn’t have a rebellion the way The Hunger Games series or the Divergent series does but that doesn’t mean a rebellion doesn’t exist. In a world where attraction is banned, the softest of kisses is a rebellion; where information is constantly misprinted, holding on to the truth is an act of rebellion.
1984 talks about politics, the desires and needs of an individual and the power play across different sections of our society. It is by far the most realistic depiction of a dystopian world. The story is simple and easy to follow.
The plot takes some time to pick up and even then flows at an odd pace. Just as the book reaches a crescendo, it stops altogether. Smack dab in the middle of an intense scene will be pages worth of boring exposition.
It was a frustrating read at times but I understand why it has garnered so many fans over the years. It can have a profound impact. It certainly is thought provoking and provides perspective to our vision of the world. But if you want to lose yourself in a story, this won’t really be your cup of tea.
Let me know what you think!