Thursday, August 09, 2007
43. 1984 - George Orwell

Description from
Hidden away in the Record Department of the sprawling Ministry of Truth, Winston Smith skilfully rewrites the past to suit the needs of the Party. Yet he inwardly rebels against the harsh 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 he begins a secret love affair with a fellow-worker, Julia, but soon discovers that the true price of freedom is betrayal.

Can you see a pattern in some of my choices of reading material this summer? A scary tale when it was first written and still just as powerful today. The above description from Amazon really doesn't do the book justice. There is so much more to this book than what they make it out to be about. Like an onion, 1984 has a number of layers which need to be peeled back slowly. If you haven't read it, go out there and pick up a copy. Definately a must have for anyone's library. Unless you're totally oblivious to the world around you and believe everything the government tells you. In that case, don't bother.


Jocelyn said...

This is one of those books I had to read in 8th grade and haven't revisited. I should.

Geraldine said...

This is a book that the reader never forgets. Definitely a must read and even more relevant today I think.

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