Written in 1948, 1984 was George Orwell's chilling prophecy about the future.I love dystopian. I think for a complete year that it all I read. I ate books like The Hunger Games, Divergent, Legend, ect for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I was pretty sure the world was going to end by the end of the year. I can easily become obsessed with a genre. A friend mentioned that he was surprised that I hadn't read 1984 since it was such a classic in the genre. I realized that I really should read it, I can't call myself a addict in the genre unless I added it to my read pile. I decided to go with the audiobook version. The audiobook was read by Simon Prebble and was 11 hours, 24 minutes long.
While 1984 has come and gone, Orwell's narrative is more timely than ever. 1984 presents a "negative utopia", that is at once a startling and haunting vision of the world — so powerful that it's completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the power of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of entire generations of readers, or the resiliency of its admonitions — a legacy that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time.
- Winston was pretty amazing. I feel like he has to be one of the most well-developed characters I have encountered in a long time. He had such a strong personality, diverse history and iron will. You were instantly drawn into the book because of his monologue.
- Big Brother was creepy as hell. He was everywhere and yet no one really knew who or what he really was. I cannot imagine every moment of your life being recorded, listened to and monitored.
- The caste system in the book was unique. It wasn't really well played out, I would have liked to know more about the each of the castes.
- I think it is so interesting how much insight Orwell had into the future. I cannot believe how accurate he is with the technology that we are using now. Heck, we are experiencing "big brother" in real time. With the amount of monitoring that our electronics make as capable, it is like Orwell could see into the future. The imagination in that man had to blow people away in 1949. I would have loved to be a fly on the wall when he talked about his ideas at a party. I can see him with a glass of scotch in his hand explaining Big Brother to his guests. Even though the government has always been good at suppressing things - like the prohibition they just lived through, it would still be a far off concept with the technology he was describing.
- The book was so much of a broken spirit, the relentless denial of human truth. Always being at war, always unsafe from your neighbor. Never knowing who you can trust, so you put your trust in the person who speaks the loudest, who promises the most even though they never deliver. Every single human need controlled by the government. Wowizers.
- I love a good romance as much as the next girl. An amazing OTP always sweeps me off my feet, but I don't feel it is necessary in all reads. I am totally cool with an awesomely written book without a hint of love. That being said, with the introduction of a reckless romance in 1984, I wanted more. I wanted a little more slow burn, a lot more intrigue. I wanted a lot more after it "ended." It was just gone, like the story shifted and we never really got to go back in the other direction.
- As amazing as the writing and the story itself was, I feel like the way it was written was so distant. I felt like I was kept at an arms-length through the whole book and I could not become part of the story. Maybe that was the point, a tactic to get the feeling of the book. But I always like to connect.