George Orwell's masterpiece 1984—the title derived by reversing the last digits of the year of its completion—is a dystopian novel depicting an oligarchical, collectivist society. Winston Smith, the protagonist, practices "thoughtcrime"—he lets his mind wander in ways the government would disapprove of—and it is through him that we discover the atrocities of the society. Orwell wrote this novel after he wrote Animal Farm; both works wanted to depict the downfalls of a Communist regime. 1984 has been particularly influential, and one of its creations, "Big Brother," has found a prominent place in pop culture. Ironically, the book has, at times, been challenged for being intellectually dangerous, even to the point of being banned. Its influence, however, remains unmatched and its message unforgotten.
An exercise in reality
This book explores dystopia in its truest form: as an opposition to Utopia. For while a Utopia is fair and just, Oceania is cruel and hate ridden. But, this book explores ore than that. It explores how dystopias at possible, and how they can shape reality around themselves to appear as Utopias. For what is reality but what we think it is.
Best book I have read to date.
Any author can write a book, but not any author can make the book have no happy ending. Realistic, educational, and intellectually stimulating, I enjoyed this extensively.
And has given myself new hopes for the succeeding of socialism.
I adore this classic, and the conversion to e-book has been very well done.