Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell

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While 1984 has come and gone, Orwell’s narrative is more timely than ever. 1984 presents a “negative utopia”, that is at once a startling and haunting vision of the world — so powerful that it’s completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the power of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of entire generations of readers, or the resiliency of its admonitions — a legacy that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time.

Reviewed by Happy Days Reading Group:

After reading 1984, we felt that George Orwell was very forward thinking, dealt with deep political issues in a passionate manner but tended to let the political issues overtake the plot.

Star rating: ***

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2 thoughts on “Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell”

  1. Review by Southampton U3A:
    A prophetic works as far as world events since 1949 have happened. A depressing read but a great work of literature.
    Star rating: ***+

  2. Review by The Pageturners Reading Group
    We recommend 1984 for a group read. Having all read it as younger people we felt it was more relevant today than when it was written in the late 1940s. The state of Oceania’s evolution and its methods of governance are explained in detail. It generated some intense discussion given current news stories; surveillance systems, the role of the police and state etc. Some found it a bit dry in parts but given that Orwell wrote this was his political standpoint perhaps this is understandable.
    Rating: ***

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