Review: 1984

1984 by George Orwell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

While the world of 1984 is a depressing, vividly described dystopia that Orwell is fantastic at bringing to life through prose. Winston Smith himself is an intentionally lonely and dull character that represents the every-man and, and allows the reader to resonant with him easily. Winston’s story is relatable and allows Orwell to explore major aspects of the world he has created.

However, Orwell’s prose is often repetitive and slow. He reinforces information about the world throughout the novel and spends many pages describing the politics and history before getting back to the action Winston was in the middle of performing. So while the book deserves it’s role as a reference to Big Brother and need for freedom of information and education of the public, it reads more like an essay of the persistence of permitted fascism and less like a flowing novel for a reader to delve into.

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