1984, by George Orwell


Nineteen Eighty-Four (sometimes written 1984) is a 1949 novel that reflects a dystopia by George Orwell about an oligarchical, collectivist society. Life in the Oceanian province of Airstrip One is a world of perpetual war, pervasive government surveillance, and incessant public mind control. The individual is always subordinated to the state, and it is in part this philosophy which allows the Party to manipulate and control humanity. In the Ministry of Truth, protagonist Winston Smith is a civil servant responsible for perpetuating the Party’s propaganda by revising historical records to render the Party omniscient and always correct, yet his meagre existence disillusions him to the point of seeking rebellion against Big Brother, eventually leading to his arrest, torture, and reconversion.” (Source: Wikipedia)

This book has always appealed to me in a special way. I believe that being born in 1984 in a country which was under a communist regime at that time made me believe that I could find inside the book some of my own memories. I expected much from this book and I got even more. I found in Orwell’s work things that I and my parents lived, and this made it much easier to understand.

However I believe that I have chosen a really bad moment for reading this book, because the situation nowadays in Libia is quite worrying, and reading the book made me fall into paranoid thoughts. Or maybe they are not so paranoid… Nevertheless, I strongly believe that at this point in history we have learned lots of lessons that will keep us away from this type of dictatorship. At least this is what I hope and I also hope that this kind of news are an invention (although I know they are not):

I really recommend reading this book to everyone. It makes you understand many things that are being hidden from us and it makes you think twice (or thrice) before believing what is told on the News.

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