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on 23 August 2017
Having always wanted to read '1984', I finally took the plunge and purchased it. Will not delve into the plot, or even the quality of the product, it was as any new book purchase would be - film wrapped, with not a crease in sight.
As the prefix to this review states; I found this book a real page turner. I always thought it was a science fiction piece, I was wrong. It's more political sattire, but is not a chore to read. I was captured, desperate to find out what happened next. It definitely gave me many mixed emotions - which is unusual in me, regards to fiction - and found myself asking many questions about the novel, and also asking many questions about the world we live in today. The book really does serve as a warning to generations following its publish about the dangers of dystopian rule. It has such significance in todays world, that it coined its trademark phrase "Orwellian".
I will say however, that reading the publishers introduction ( Thomas Pynchon ) isn't essential - I usually like to read from start to finish - and if anything, contains a slight spoiler, so my advice would be to read the novel first, and then move on to the publishers note. It's basically a synopsis on Orwell ( real name, Eric Arthur Blair ) and his ideology.
There is much debate concerning the 'appendix', which you are introduced to rather early. Being set in my ways, I opted to read this last ( it's at the end of the book, after all ). The opposing views are that it is part of the novel, the other merely a discourse on the official language used in the fictional world... Read it and make up your own mind!