1984

19841984 by George Orwell

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I’ve heard a lot about 1984 and Brave New World (by Aldous Huxley), and decided to read them.

1984 was well-written. The plot, the characterizations, everything was well-constructed. In fact, it was so well constructed and written that it’s final achievement, a pervading hopelessness and a sort of apathy-induced terror linger long after the final page is finished. It is, without a doubt, one of the most depressing books I have ever read.

I gave it 4 stars because it is well-written and beautifully executed. I would give it 5 stars, if it weren’t for the fact that it is such a depressing piece of literature, leaving one with a sort of desperate futility toward the outcome of power, politics, and the possible future imagined therein.

If you enjoy social commentary in your fiction and relish books that predict chilling futures while featuring unnerving parallels to reality as we know it, then this is the book for you. If, however, you prefer your fiction to be an escape and a pleasure, not a moral or political lesson, then avoid this book at all costs.

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