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April 7, 2020

My Rating - 4 out of 5 stars
Publisher - Amazing Reads
Genre - Classic/Sci-Fi
Publishing year - 1949
Language - English 
ISBN - 978-81-929109-0-1
Pages - 310

My Review - 
Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.

George Orwell created a world where a tyrannical party of Oceania dictates the lives of everyone. No one ever meets his leader Big Brother, but he is omnipresent. Oceania was at war with Eastasia and an ally of Eurasia, but the reality is changing every time. Smith Winston caught within truth and deception created by the party. He started to show signs of betrayal and opposed the policies laid by Big Brother.

Oceania was founded upon hatred. There were no emotions except fear, rage, triumph, and self-abasement. They cut the links between child and parent; turned them against each other. In this system, no one trusts anyone; even the sex instinct was eradicated, and reproduction is acknowledged only as a duty towards the party. 

One can show love only for Big Brother. If you love someone else, the Thought Police will arrest you, torture you, and in the end, kill you. The party members kept a close eye on everyone by telescreen and heard all the conversations, even at one's home. They destroy or manipulate every piece of evidence if they feel it goes against their ideologies. 

Knowing all of these, Winston falls in love with Julia and vice-versa. They start meeting often and share glimpses of their past. Winston always questioning the time before Big Brother. All these put him in grave danger. 

George Orwell portrays the post-atomic age, where one has lost freedom entirely; there is no curiosity left or enjoyment of any kind. It is all about Power. The brutality, abuses will give me goosebumps. Even I feel lucky because of the freedom I have, or we all have. This story leaves a mark on your consciousness. So, whether you read Classics or dystopian fiction or not, you should read this book once in your life. 

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