In 1984, London is a grim city where Big Brother is always watching you and the Thought Police can practically read your mind. Winston is a man in grave danger for the simple reason that his memory still functions. Drawn into a forbidden love affair, Winston finds the courage to join a secret revolutionary organization called The Brotherhood, dedicated to the destruction of the Party. Together with his beloved Julia, he hazards his life in a deadly match against the powers that be.

October 17, 1949  |  668 pages
(Rated on Sep 3, 2013)
Grade: A–    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 90% Literature, 10% Entertainment
Writing Quality:
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Movie Potential:
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Sequel Potential:
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Very much a literary read. 1984 took me two reads to truly appreciate. I finished the book for the first time, feeling let down. Only after a short period of time wherein I debated the themes in my head did I really understand what I had read. I was young at the time, I would recommend reading at an age where you can truly appreciate the dystopian content, and appreciate literary over commercial works.  (+14 votes)