1984 by George Orwell

1984 by George Orwell

1984 is quite the classic. Not just in the sense of it having literary merit, but it has stood the test of time and is relevant today and it will probably still be relevant for several years. I have been told to read it for several years, but I finally got around to it because my friend and I did a book exchange and this is the one he chose for me to read. I really loved reading this and the experience of discovering these characters and this world for the first time. This is definitely a book that needs to be re-read, but I am content for now with my first read through.  In this book, Winston Smith lives in a totalitarian society. He is constantly being watched and has no freedom. He knew of a time before the world was like this, but he does not know how to change it to go back. I really liked this contrast that showed up within the characters. There were characters that knew of the world before and the characters that only knew about after. These different contexts led to an interesting difference on their views of resistance and society in general. Although there are a few passages that seem to drag on, they are not out of place. They are there for purposes of indoctrination as well as to show the monotony of existence in this society. Not only was there so much depth and meaning in every action, it was full of symbols that I loved. My favorite being the paperweight, I do not want to ruin anything, but there is so much meaning inside that tiny glass bubble. Adam Smith imagines a perfect world within the bubble of the paperweight, he does not realize the double meaning within it that the paperweight is also where he lives. I do not want to say much about the plot as it is not much of a plot, and more of a narrative. It is also just one of those books where the plot is not what draws the reader in, but it is the characters and the ideas they represent. I really loved all of the subtle details within the descriptions and even the diction style. These details were subtle so that the ending was jarring, but then when I looked back, they became apparent and made the ending make sense. A lot of people seem to have beef with the ending, but I find it very fitting and it makes me want to start the book all over again.

 

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