George Orwell
In 1984, London is a grim city where Big Brother is always watching you and the Thought Police can practically read your mind. Winston is a man in grave danger for the simple reason that his memory still functions. Drawn into a forbidden love affair, Winston finds the courage to join a secret revolutionary organization called The Brotherhood, which is dedicated to the destruction of the Party. Together with his beloved Julia, he hazards his life in a deadly match against the powers that be.


Reviewed: 2019-08-12

Reading this for the first time at 57, and I wonder what took me so long. Maybe because it's dystopian and futuristic (not really my favorite genre to read), but particularly with the political climate in the US as it is now, this book is more timely than in 1984, the time in which the story takes place. Orwell should have called it 2020, that would have really been amazing. Regardless, his description of a world run by Big Brother and the Thought Police is a serious reminder of what can very easily happen when the wrong people are allowed to gain power, until the abnormal becomes normal. A thought-provoking read.

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