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  • Posted May 29, 2009

    Nineteen Eighty-Four

    From the first sentence where the clock strikes thirteen to the grim ending, 1984 keeps readers on the edge of their... easy chairs. The dystopian novel focuses a situation similar to what could have happened if Hitler won, or if the world adopted a communo-fascist dictatorship. The novel is chock full of suspense and thrill as Winston and Julia are cast back and forth, not knowing who to trust in a complete lie of a society. Orwell's tone changes from eloquent and direct to a more descriptive and even mysterious tone-while many things are described perfectly, h leaves enough to the imagination to scare the reader. The rules of society are even challenged as a new language is being adopted that actually limits the number of words (to reduce creativity) as modern English, referred to as Oldspeak, is outlawed. The society itself is reversing as technology is backfiring on the people, the structures are becoming more and more decrepit, and people lose faith and trust in everything. Definitely Orwell's definitive work, 1984 is a true classic with a potent message that will survive throughout the ages.

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