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5.0 out of 5 stars An emotional journey through Orwell's acute political mind., 9 Aug 2004
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This review is from: 1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four (Paperback)
Nineteen Eighty-Four is something far beyond a story. It creates an opening in free-thinking which has been kept solely in the hands of the few intellectuals who can sieve through and comprehend the vast metaphysical ideas of philosophers such as Kant and Hegel.
To most readers, 1984 is a terrifying account of life in a totalitarian society, corrupted by interpretations of socialism which lie somewhere beyond the evils of Stalinism. Winston Smith is an untrained dissident of the regime who battles with his own thoughts as much as the thoughts of the 'Party'.
However, the main story only touches the surface of Orwell's incredible political knowledge and feeling. Throughout the first two parts of the book, you are forced to question your own political feelings, as however much the books present society seems morally wrong, Orwell forces such feelings on the past and on the future. Orwell explains in great detail the weaknesses of such political theory and the problems with attempts to change society, in 'the book'.
This overt cynical view of the world is reinforced by the third and final part of the book. We learn the extent to which Orwell rejects any belief that a revolution is done for the people its inteded to be for. In fact the last part of the book deeply saddened me, yet it has also inspired me to question my own beliefs before i choose to question society. I realise now that Orwell is not cynical of society; he is cynical of cynicism of society, as it appears to in some cases lead to worse than what was there originally.
In conclusion 1984 is a must read. However to get the most out of it you must let it make you think. Happy Reading!!!
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