One of the most disturbing books that I have read in a long time because of its startling relevance. All you have to do is think about Mao’s Communist China or Pol Pot’s Regime in Cambodia and you get the gyst about what this novel is about…
This is a political book and I am interested in politics but not deeply immersed in it. There were words I didn’t understand and types of governance which I didn’t have a full grip of but I definitely got the gist of Orwell’s novel… that facism, communism, totalitarianism or oligarchy is destructive. And the mindless search for power results in ignorance, fear, hate, war and betrayal.
It was horrifying seeing the main character in the book, Winston Smith, get caught by the Thought Police and tortured. It was horrible reading the mind-washing garbage he was fed. I felt utterly sick. The worst part is that these kind of regimes have existed before and they could exist again… Let 1984 be a warning to us all.
If you found this a good read, you may also like:
‘Animal Farm’ by George Orwell
‘Voices from S-21, Terror and History in Pol Pot’s Secret Prison’ by David Chandler
‘The Heavenly Man’ by Brother Yun
‘The Diary of a Young Girl’ by Anne Frank
‘Bonhoeffer - pastor, martyr, prophet, spy’ by Eric Metaxas