1984 by George Orwell



In 1984, London is a grim city where Big Brother is always watching you and the Thought Police can practically read your mind. Winston is a man in grave danger for the simple reason that his memory still functions. Drawn into a forbidden love affair, Winston finds the courage to join a secret revolutionary organization called The Brotherhood, dedicated to the destruction of the Party. Together with his beloved Julia, he hazards his life in a deadly match against the powers that be.


1984 was my book club read for this month. It seems everyone else had read it before and it was interesting hearing their take on the book from when they were 16 and what they thought of it now. It has been on my to read list for a while, but I hadn't read it in school or anything. It was an interesting read, but the writing didn't engage me that much. I didn't feel for the characters like I should have. Not quite sure why. 

The story is about Winston and Julia and how they rebel against Big Brother. It was an interesting read in that it is still relevant to today. I kept thinking of North Korea during the book and how it seemed like what it is like there to an extent. I kept going back to see when it was written as it could have been written recently which was interesting.

The issue? I couldn't connect with any of the characters. I didn't care what happened to Winston or Julia. The whole love affair with them was so strange to me. I didn't understand it and it was just over the top. The way it was written just didn't work for me. I  can't figure out exactly why, but I just didn't care about the characters. I still found it an interesting read. I just wish I would have connected more.

Rating: 3/5

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