My favourite book is 1984 written by George Orwell. This is about a man called Winston. Winston lives in a world where his thoughts are policed, where CCTV is everywhere and is running supreme. There is even ‘double speak’. The languages spoken have most of their words eradicated, words that are thought to be ‘dangerous’ and that may convey ‘too much feeling’.
This was hard for me to read, the language is so different to what I was used to but once I got into it, I was hooked. I even managed to get through the “The Theory of Oligarchical Collectivism’ it was used as, and I quote “A Thematic and Plot Element” in the book.
1984 made me look at the world around me differently and it also scared me, because some of the themes in the book are actually true to the society I now live in. The CCTVs that are all over London. I could even compare this book to the current political situation in America. Trump is trying to police cerain information that is posted online. Most recent being scientific findings and anything pertaining to climate change.
I didn’t like Winston as a character too much, he was too weak for me as a person but this didn’t take away from the story. I think this is a true testament of how good the story is. I wished there was more of a romantic element with Julia but then again, it doesn’t take away from the story.
What is your favourite book and why?