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Book Reviews

1984 (1949) - Shreya Sachdev

1984 was published in 1949 and is written by George Orwell. 1984 is about a man named Winston Smith who is living in the nation of Oceania and finds himself in a dystopian society. He believes that the government holds too much power and control over its citizens and Winston Smith is determined to make a change for future generations. This book is obviously extremely popular and like everyone else, I loved this book. I had the pleasure of reading it in my English class and therefore, I’ve read it many times and have analyzed it too. The writing is of course amazing and the main theme of government control and power in the novel is very interesting and most importantly, relevant to our world today. I will say, however, that I prefer to read books that are a bit more abstract and books in which it's more difficult to figure out the main message and the author’s intention. In 1984, I felt as if what George Orwell was hinting at and portraying was quite clear, and that’s why even though 1984 is a great piece of literature, I didn’t have as much fun reading it as I have with other books. I know that the ending is a bit more controversial and open to interpretation, but it wasn’t enough for me. Nevertheless, still an incredible book and something I could only ever dream of writing. I would give 1984 a 9/10.

Shreya Sachdev