Gloomy toward the end of the book. Sometimes boring because of the enormous flow of information.
Three years ago I was first introduced to the work of George Orwell through his interesting satirical novel “Animal Farm”. This book made a strong impression on me. I would not say that directly opened my eyes to many things, but let’s just say that it got rid of all sorts of myths through metaphor. It came out great and most importantly – understandable.
It took me a long time to get to Orwell’s novel, which is on almost every list of must-read books. I’m not even talking about the lists of anti-utopian books, where 1984 is either the leader or one of the three strongest. It was precisely because of these very lists that I didn’t read the book for a long time – I was repulsed rather than attracted to it by such rabid popularity. Except that curiosity kept me awake.
I didn’t end up reading “1984.” I listened to it.
Right off the bat, I want to talk about suspense and reality. For me, this novel is over hyped. I don’t dispute that it turned out well. But I expected a lot more. I expected to listen to this book with excitement and awe. And it’s worth saying – it was… at first. But then I lost the excitement that enveloped me in the first few chapters of the work.
And the closer the finale got, the less I wanted to listen to the book. I think it had to do with the fact that I wasn’t ready for that. After all, the book has a non-typical, for most novels, ending.
I don’t want to say too much about the plot, but still, I’ll touch on this topic a little bit.
First, I note that it is thought out “from” and “to”. I appreciated the full scope of the author’s work and bowed my head to his assiduity and meticulousness in working through not so much the world and society in which the hero lives, but politics and… Psychology! Oh yes, psychology – here Orwell struck me with authenticity and knowledge in this difficult science of human behavior.
Secondly, the protagonist of the novel quickly gets to like you and all thanks to the fact that he is easily associated with the reader (in this case, I quickly tried on his role), because most in this wonderful world – people who worship Big Brother, and the hero – at heart a rebel and we readers understand “why”. Eh, how pathetic it will be for this poor guy…
The plot, as such, shows the reader how the system/state/government/ breaks everyone down to suit themselves. I’ve heard a lot about how the book “1984” is prophetic. What can I say: so far it is perceived as an exaggeration of current life. But I can say with certainty that in some places Orwell got it right in his novel warning. Take, for example, the cameras that watch people. Global control is just around the corner (and some think it already is, but the truth is somewhere in the middle).
There are places in the piece where it’s very long and, don’t let the fans kill me, tedious, about how the government conducts its machinations. I don’t argue – everything looks very well thought out, logical and cleverly put together, but when such an abundance of information flows in a huge stream – it gets boring quickly.
Also, I didn’t like the aftertaste… and not only that, even when you put the book aside while listening (that is, you didn’t finish it until the end) – you interrupt until the next “session” – it also leaves an unpleasant residue. This residue is associated with the feeling that everything in the world of the future is bad, gray and dull. A very depressing atmosphere. This is not a disadvantage of the book. But it is repulsive. At least for me personally.
Okay, I will not speculate more about the work.
In general, “1984” I both liked and left an unpleasant aftertaste. I admit that the novel is good, but in some places I was bored. The book pressured me – and I don’t like that kind of thing.
And then comes the verdict moment. My opinion is 4 out of 5. No matter how you look at it, every reader evaluates a work by subjective impression, even if they understand that the book has either a beautiful syllable or depth, wisdom.
I’ve said it before: the beginning of the novel captivated me, but by the end, I began to dislike it. Negativity is also a feeling, but I’m all for light sadness, not sullen gloom.
That’s my opinion.