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5.0 out of 5 stars "Best books are those that tell you what you know already", 26 April 2007
This review is from: Nineteen Eighty-Four (Paperback)
It is very difficult to review a book that means so much to several generations. To me, the words of Winston Smith himself, summarise it perfectly: "The best books... are those that tell you what you know already".

We know from history that some of the most terrible things happen because the majority lets them happen, looks on in silence and does nothing, naively believing that they are safe and it will never happen to them. One small step to curb our freedom, which may seem perfectly reasonable at the time and even for our own good, may unfold into a nightmare if no one speaks out, engrossed in their daily drudgery, football and lottery. To me personally this is the most important message of "1984", Orwell's timeless legacy to us. It is up to every one of us to make sure in our lifetime that his prophecy never comes true.

1984 is a truly painful book to read, projecting the worst sense of hopelessness and dread that I have ever read on paper. I think it is one of the most important and compelling books ever written. Without exaggeration, it will change your life. It forces you to look at yourself and the world around you and think, think, think.

For a different perspective on the eternal theme of an individual versus state, I also highly recommend "A Clockwork Orange" by Anthony Burgess, "Never Let Me Go" by Kazuo Ishiguro and "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood.
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Initial post: 28 Oct 2014 16:54:01 GMT
Oh, so a good book doesn't add anything to what you already think you 'know'? A narrow-minded point of view.
Why does nobody point out that a large part of this vile book is 'torture porn'?
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