I really wanted to like this book but I just didn’t! I’ve been trying to read a lot more classics later and this was one I was super desperate to read, I love dystopian novels, but I was so disappointed in this. So first what’s it about?
‘It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.’ Winston Smith works for the Ministry of truth in London, chief city of Airstrip One. Big Brother stares out from every poster, the Thought Police uncover every act of betrayal. When Winston finds love with Julia, he discovers that life does not have to be dull and deadening, and awakens to new possibilities. Despite the police helicopters that hover and circle overhead, Winston and Julia begin to question the Party; they are drawn towards conspiracy. Yet Big Brother will not tolerate dissent – even in the mind. For those with original thoughts they invented Room 101.
So first I will say it took me a long time to get through this book though to be fair to the book that wasn’t it’s fault, I just haven’t been in a good mood lately and reading wasn’t my top priority. That being said this book definitely didn’t help me get through that, it was such a ball ache the whole time.
I did like the book at the beginning, it was everything I expected it to be. It was morbid and depressing but in a fascinating way, Smith was such an interesting character too as well as Julia. Though we didn’t seem to know a lot about the characters I didn’t feel cheated about it. It wasn’t about the characters, it was about the location and the world. Going into this book I had a basic understanding of what it was about but I still felt like I wasn’t truly ready for what this book gave me.
The first half was very good but everything after they were given The Book was just awful. I skipped that whole section in the end, finding it unbelievably boring and just not having the energy to put myself through it. I also skipped the last couple of pages, honestly just wanting to be done with it.
It definitely piqued my interest when it started talking about rebeliation and I was excited about that, I wanted it to focus more on this, but it just didn’t. I understand this novel isn’t meant to be optimistic, you’re meant to be depressed by the end, but I just wanted the rebeliation to become more. It felt like such a waste of a good concept.
I still want to give Orwell another chance, I really want to read Animal Farm, because I think this book just wasn’t my type of thing. Don’t blame the book, blame the writer.
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