Book Review | Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) by George Orwell

Updated: Jul 28

Birth: June 25, 1903, Motihari, India

Death: January 21, 1950, London, United Kingdom


Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) by George Orwell - 1949

The famous English novelist and essayist George Orwell's original is Eric Arthur Blair. After suffering financially for a while in his youth, he decided to become a writer by following the footsteps of his favorite writer, Jack London. In 1933, George Orwell first published his book “Five Free Money in Paris and London” and continued his success with books such as "Nineteen Eighty-Four", "A Clergyman’s Daughter", "Animal Farm", "Keep the Aspidistra Flying"...


I would like to share with you today; Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell.



A dystopia like "1984" should never be passed without reading. Not because it should be classified under non-fiction, nor because it explores entirely new aspects of human nature, and nor even because of the breathtaking imagination of George Orwell, but because of it can be crucial for our survival and our world. The ideal world can be tottaly different for each and every one of us, and that's why I don't see as an exigence for everyone to read this book. But 1984 talks exactly about the opposite. The reason why I think everyone should read it is that it talks about a world surely enough nobody wants to live in. Readers of the book can argue that a world like that would never come true, given the “civilized” state we live in. I disagree and my counter argument is that the world that the book discusses is imminent, even if its not currently real. Every tool of surveillance Orwell is talking about has an equivalent in our world today; The characteristics of Newspeak can be found in at least all the languages I speak; Every act of deception he talked about has been performed in some countries around the world if not in all of them. In short: everything he talked about is relevant to the our world more than anything. All these similarities cause us to ask the question: "Can George Orwell's world be real in the future?" One of the most interesting parts of the book is that of language. It shows how alteration of language can consequently alter thought and how for example the use of adjectives is crucial for being creative and able to use one’s imagination. Orwell also points out that the “simplification” of language affects the mind and its ability to think objectively. Another interesting plot here is emotion. The book is filled about how emotions evolve and how someone can control them within oneself and others. In astonishing and smart prose, Orwell elucidates the means by which it is possible to erase love, plant hatred, induce respect, and even kindle belief of an idea. The book also endorses the importance of sex along with other human instincts, such as the longing to be free, in shaping societies. I think the book deserves more than the buzz it gets, along with its author. He is one of the smartest people I know in literature and it was nice to read this masterpiece.



“War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.” /George Orwell, 1984
“Big Brother is Watching You.” /George Orwell, 1984
“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” /George Orwell, 1984
“The best books... are those that tell you what you know already.” /George Orwell, 1984
“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face... for ever.” /George Orwell, 1984

"If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself."

“Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.” /George Orwell, 1984
“For, after all, how do we know that two and two make four? Or that the force of gravity works? Or that the past is unchangeable? If both the past and the external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind itself is controllable – what then?” /George Orwell, 1984
“Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood.” /George Orwell, 1984
“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” /George Orwell, 1984
“We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness.” /George Orwell, 1984

“But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.”

“Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.” /George Orwell, 1984
“In the face of pain there are no heroes.” /George Orwell, 1984
“Being in a minority, even in a minority of one, did not make you mad. There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.” /George Orwell, 1984
“I enjoy talking to you. Your mind appeals to me. It resembles my own mind except that you happen to be insane.” /George Orwell, 1984
“Perhaps a lunatic was simply a minority of one.” /George Orwell, 1984

“I enjoy talking to you. Your mind appeals to me. It resembles my own mind except that you happen to be insane.”

“Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.” /George Orwell, 1984
“It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words.” /George Orwell, 1984
“Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.” /George Orwell, 1984
“Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else.” /George Orwell, 1984
“The choice for mankind lies between freedom and happiness and for the great bulk of mankind, happiness is better.” /George Orwell, 1984

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