I absolutely love to read, especially in the summer when I’m relaxing outside in my garden whilst trying to avoid the wasps, bees and spiders *shiver*. While on holiday I finished Nineteen Eighty-Four, as you all probably know it’s a classic, therefore it surprised me that I’ve never read this before.
If you have never heard of this novel, it is by the famous author George Orwell (he writes beautifully), he writes about the character Winston Smith in the year…well… guess. Set in Aitstrip One (Great Britian) within the superstate of Oceania. There are three superstates mentioned in this book and they are constantly at war with one-an-other. The three classes (inner party, outer party and the proles) are ruled by the party Ingsoc who promote the whole “Big Brother is watching you” thing, basically if you even think badly of the party or independently (thoughtcrime in Newspeak) the “Thought police” will arrest you and take you to “The Ministry of Love” which is nothing like what the name suggests, because within there they torture and brainwash people.
It took me a while to get through as it starts off really slow, with the first part (the book is made up of three parts) mainly outlining the principles of Newspeak. This being the language used within the novel. This I thought was pretty simple as it is basically a more concise version of English, I don’t think there was any need for the book to be as long as it was. It was only until part two when I got hooked, which is unusual, because usually when I start reading a new book I can’t put it down.
Ever since the publication in 1949, many of the terms used within this book have latched onto everyday life. Such as Big Brother and Room 101.
After reading the book I thought I would watch the film. This was a bad idea. It was terrible. John Hurt is an amazing actor and I love his work, but it’s only his acting which is a positive in this production, all the other acting was not up to scratch. Like most films based on books I was not surprised when they cut some bits out, but some of the bits which they cut I thought were fundamental to the story. Also if somebody watched the film without having read the book beforehand, they would have no idea what was going on.
My advice, if you haven’t read this book defiantly read it even though it does start slow. Plus if you have or haven’t read it, don’t watch the film.
If you have read this book or watched the film what did you think of it?