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Sunday, May 31, 2009

1984 by George Orwell

Title: 1984
Author: George Orwell
ISBN: 9780452262935
Publisher: Plume - Harcourt Brace Book

"Thought Police. Big Brother. Orwellian. These words have become part of our national vocabulary because of George Orwell's classic novel 1984, the story of one man's nightmare odyssey through a world ruled by warring states and a power structure that controls not only information but individual thought and memory. A minor functionary named Winston Smith joins a covert brotherhood and pursues a forbidden love affair against the cold, gray backdrop of the Republic of Oceania - only to become a hunted enemy of the state... and of Big Brother. ______________________________________________

I know it seems weird that I didn't have to read this in college or something, but I finally got around to reading this book. I really love dystopian fiction - and this is one of the best in the genre. There are a lot of books that I've read that I now see have been influenced by this, which is really kinda cool. It was also interesting to learn how their new words work. Perhaps that's the nerd in me, though.

I really did enjoy reading this book - finally. And the story was very interesting. It definitely was a bit wordy at times, but that was the nature of the story. Once you get past that, it's a really interesting story. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes the dystopian stuff - or even science fiction.

Of course there are plenty of reviews of this book floating around, but here are a few of the ones I found online:
Challenging Destiny
The Other Side of the River
Books Love Me

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