Review: 1984 - George Orwell
I was reading this with my friend an ended up shelving it for a few weeks while I waited for her to catch up a bit. I don't know if that was a mistake or not but I can definitively say that I didn't particularly enjoy this book.
When I read the introductory remarks about how Orwell was inspired by books like Brave New World and others like it I was really excited. I love Brave New World and We and other books like it, so besides all the hype around 1984 if it came from such great inspiration it must be good. Right?
I found the style unimaginative and droll. The story lagged and felt like it was a car that was stalled. Although I didn't expect all the great betrayals that happened it still felt predictable.
Orwell makes it seem as though there is a certain level of pain which you cannot surpass and rise up against. I feel like that was, philosophically, the place he went the most wrong with this book. His assumption that the proletariat could never truly rise up against big brother.
I did, however, find the editing of the past very interesting as well as the parties slogans.
I really felt before I read this book that it is just one of those books that you're suppose to read. If you are thinking of picking it up I would instead read something that was not written at the end of someone's life and was rushed into being. Brave New World is a better book with better underlying structure on the same subject matter. I would recommend it 1000 times over 1984.
Overall very disappointing.
Vivian, my friend who I was reading it with, however, enjoyed it far more than I did. Perhaps it's just not for everyone, or just not for people who've read other books in the genera (Viv hasn't read We or Brave New World before). She, too, struggled with the book stylistically, but it didn't leave her with the same bad taste as it did me.