The much acclaimed and prophetic classic by Orwell has stood the test of time. Is it perfect? Absolutely not.
Does it have the flawless symmetry of Austen’s novels? Not really.
Could Orwell delineate the characters like Dostoevsky? Barely.
Does it have the devilish sense of humor so conspicuous of The Animal Firm? No.
Is the plot original? Far from it (check We by Yevgeny Zamyatin).
Does it have a touch of Salman Rushdie’s poetic story telling? Actually, it is more of an essay.
Orwell’s 1984 should be read for reasons of its own. In spite of its flaws, it makes a terrifying future too real for a work of fiction. It could be a Nazi Germany, a Fascist Italy, a so-called socialistic Russia, Napoleon’s despotic France or a combination of all of them. How common are “Big Brothers” in the world as it exists today? “Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimetres inside your skull.” — does this tone seem familiar across socio-economic-political levels? This is not a review of the book, so let the reader be the judge of how imposing Orwell view of the human future is.
“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” – what follows would possibly change the way you look at any ideology or propaganda and wonder, like Wordsworth said, “What man has made of man.”
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