Saturday, October 31, 2009

1984 by George Orwell

This book was fascinating and frightening, depicting government that has such complete control over people--citizens (who have no rights) are constantly reminded by posters all over that "Big Brother is Watching." Even in a person's own apartment, he is monitored by the government and can be punished for words, actions, even thoughts that would dare to contradict the ruling party. If new information or news contradicts anything the ruling party has said, history is rewritten so that there is no contradiction. The book focuses on a man living in this society named Winston Smith. Not a happy go lucky book by any means. But it is a book that draws you in and keeps you reading to see what happens to Winston. Fascinating and scary stuff.