I read mostly fantasy, to take refuge in a beautiful world, because of bad things in the real world there are already enough. I've never read anything written by Orwell. I have always said it was too tragic and for the very reason that I have just explained, I always chose other books. But then my partner bought 1984 and I decided that it was finally the time to read it .
Orwell wrote about an imaginary world in the future that we now define as distopic. In a destroyed London the Party, led by Big Brother, checks, notes and spy every move through the TV screens located everywhere and impossible to shut down. A world where nothing is illegal but almost everything is not recommended. The thinking is reduced to a minimum, Newspeak, established to reduce to a minimum the number of words, replaced English, no one is a friend but all are comrades, ready to report you at the first sign of disagreement against the Party. A horrible and oppressive world, where the joys of life and the same human instincts, feelings and thoughts are abolished.
“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—for ever.”
But Winston, the main character and narrator of the book is a little small light of hope in the midst of the darkness that advances, convinced that sooner or later the world and mankind will manage to recover, there is still hope and it lies between the proles. The populace, the excluded, considered similar to the animals and despised by those of the party as Winston, but the only ones who still retain humanity that Big Brother wants to erase from the world and replace with hatred.
We could write pages and pages of this book, topics ranging from Time to sex, from the family to loyalty, but the book is so important and so famous that I'm sure you will find best and most extensive reviews online than mine. I do not know why I never read this book, why did not they ever recommended in high school. I have to admit that is not easy to read, more that one chapter is just pure political digression and it is difficult not to get bored or distracted.
There is also a movie, but I not recommend it until you read the book because it will be too confusing , otherwise.
For younger reader I would say that 1984 is a adult version of the Hunger Games but without a happy ending, because not always there is one.
A MUST READ!