Author: George Orwell
Genre: Dystopian Fiction
I’m a big fan of dystopian novels so it was no surprise to me that I ended up enjoying this book a lot. There’s just something about this genre which I find absolutely fascinating. Although I have very high expectations of dystopian fiction, George Orwell’s 1984 did not disappoint me in the slightest.
This book has been on my list for absolute ages and I’m really glad I finally picked it up. I really did enjoy the storyline although it isn’t as unique and original as I first hoped it would be. I simply felt like I came across similar themes in a lot of movies and books in the past years. However, this is probably my fault for not having read it earlier. I really liked how the main characters were portrayed in a very human and somewhat flawed way. Although I didn’t really like the main character personally I believe his character was crucial to the story and I’m not sure I would have enjoyed the book as much as I did if he were portrayed any different.
Overall, I think this is a solid read and you’d probably like it if you’re into books that are quite critical of society. The writing was beautiful and I think this is probably one of those classics that everyone should read at least once in their life.
The year 1984 has come and gone, but George Orwell’s prophetic, nightmarish vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is timelier than ever. 1984 is still the great modern classic of “negative utopia” -a startlingly original and haunting novel that creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing, from the first sentence to the last four words. No one can deny the novel’s hold on the imaginations of whole generations, or the power of its admonitions -a power that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time.