1984 | by George Orwell
TLDR: We learn about the life of Winston, and his secret (or are they?) thoughts about Big Brother, fighting his urge to rebel and fight “the man”.
What Amazon Says
In 1984, London is a grim city where Big Brother is always watching you and the Thought Police can practically read your mind. Winston is a man in grave danger for the simple reason that his memory still functions. Drawn into a forbidden love affair, Winston finds the courage to join a secret revolutionary organization called The Brotherhood, dedicated to the destruction of the Party. Together with his beloved Julia, he hazards his life in a deadly match against the powers that be.
What I Say
War is peace.
Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength.
So far, one of the better fiction books I’ve listened to! Or is it fiction after all?
The first chapter had me gripping the steering wheel so hard on the way home! It is absolutely amazing how much this book has gotten me to think in the last few days, and I struggle with understanding my own role, today, as either a party member or part of the proletariat. More to come, as I finish the book. I suspect Winston will be vaporized in the end… [ what! he wasn’t… ]
UPDATED / Now that I finished it…
Intense, gripping, a fiercely reminiscent of real life as it’s playing out today. Winston, the main protagonist, works for the government / Big Brother, but struggles with his thoughts against the many complications of a structured society where “thought crime” is punished with torture, confinement, and death. People disappear in the night, with little warning, and most citizens are on their toes. Except the prols… the common folks.
No need to go on, really. I thinks it’s an important work of fiction. It’s key in understanding a possible future. It’s key in helping avoid that possible future. Read it today!