Written in the 1950s, this work of George Orwell was considered science fiction. It shows the concept of totalitarian in a dystopian fictional society. A concept that is the reality in many countries. Whatever the political party does, one can’t question them. Everyone has to obey them. You can’t doubt them. They keep a tab on every move and expression you make. They regularly change the past by altering the data. They make you believe they are your only saviour. A place where thoughtcrime is real. Where sexual desire is a crime. From birth, people learn not to be emotionally connected to anyone. Every child learns to obey the party and report their parents if they speak against the government. It’s a painful and disturbing novel yet should be read by everyone. I highly recommend everyone to read this book.
My favourite quotes-
“The choice for mankind lies between freedom and happiness and for the great bulk of mankind, happiness is better.”
“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”
“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”
“It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words.”
“The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just around the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship.”