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So much has been written about 1984 that any review is superfluity, so this is a personal viewpoint (meaning I don't have a university chair in EngLit and am not being paid for my thoughts) and diatribe. It amazes me that somebody as prolific as Orwell is remembered for two short books, of which this is one. He experienced left and right wing dictatorial idealism in Spain. He faced massive poverty in Paris and London and he partook of Imperialism in Burma. The combination of these experiences placed him ideally to write this book. 1984 is a book about totalitarianism and fundamentalism; it is NOT obviously anti-communist and could as easily be a polemic against the rise of Hitler and Franco as Stalin and Mao. It is a dystopia that is instantly created by the radioscreen that cannot be turned off and the clock striking thirteen. Constantly watched Winston Smith tries to take on the political machine and, ultimately, fails. The book is about the need an organistaion like this has to keep everybody obedient and subdued, facing the same way and thinking the same thoughts. It doesn't matter how the machine acheives this, acheive it it must. These rules have been seen in the real world in USSR, Spain, Portugal, Germany, China, Libya, Burma - the list is endless - there is a Ministry of Truth creep in western democracies (only we call it "spin", at the moment)
I enjoyed this book so much more than I expected to. It's long, there are extended paragraphs about harvests, but it's really a great book.