Do you think it matters greatly that Orwell may have plagearised a good portion of "Nineteen Eighty-Four" because of the significance of the novel? Funny how soon this novel has passed the 60 years mark and we're just now "finding this all out". In our world - the age of the internet, it seems these things are found out immediately.
I was always aware that "Nineteen Eighty-Four" was about Russia/Soviet Union given his experience fighting on the communist side during the Spanish Civil War and all that entailed. Due to the Stalinists executing the Trotskyites (the POUM) on whose side Orwell fought, he left Spain after almost being murdered himself disillusioned with Communism altogether.
Read on, if you feel like it.
One of the books that caught my attention. From the famous author, George Orwell, the story is about Wilson Smith who is trying to figure out what is happening to the world especially where he stayed; Ocenia. This is the era where people scrutinize peoples action and under the dictatorship of Big Brother. At this age, no one is daring enough to express their feelings and oppose the government. The act of thinking about ruling over the government can poses a danger to oneself and even be erased from the world in just one night. Heck, even from the history itself.
I liked to progress of the story with precise details of what happened. Although it was just a fiction, I do think it might be other dimension we might live in. OR. Might be the future that we will face sooner or later.Let's just say we were hoping for a utopia world but instead, we were given the dystopia world
The presence of emotions involved throughout this story did seem real. The tense of the oppression, the chastisement and even the ending of this story.
I do recommend this book. The author made this book because of his vision for this world 40 years ago. It may not happen now but it might in the near future.
Overall, it is really astounding.
This might be one of the most popular stories, mostly read in school. And yes, I read it at school as well, but back then I couldn't appreciate this parable to its fullest. But given the developments in the last 25 years, nations risen and fallen, political systems overthrown in the hope for something better - only to end up worse than before -, this text had much more of an impact on me now. Because, as sad as it may sound: the imagery and the message ring true, almost painfully true - despite, or maybe because of the not so very hidden hints of communism and the date it's been written. And what does that say about humankind nowadays that it's still relevant in this day and age?
All animals are equal. But some animals are more equal than others.
The animals of Manor Farm stage a rebellion against their human owner which succeeds. What begins as a common effort to establish equality among the animals, so that no one rules over them... soon ends up producing the ruling class of the pigs with its leader ever more removed from the "common" working animals and surrounded by vicious dogs. History's rewritten, enemies are created, demagoguery rules - all just to pull wool over the eyes of the rest of the animals.
Now I ask you: Is reality so much different?
Definitely a must-read.
I've been meaning to reread this for a while and I'm glad I finally got around to it.
A lot has been said about this book, but I guess for me it represents an interesting way to look at human psychology and the nature of truth and doublethink (the cognitive dissonance is awesome). Really the only thing that is holding me back from giving it five stars is just how silly the whole romance with Julia is. Because the level of insta-love is extremely high. Oh well.
Simon Prebble's narration is really good, too.