This book is the stuff of which nightmares are made of. An Orwellian Nightmare to be precise.
The dystopian nature of this puts you in a headspace you don’t want to keep yourself in.
I’m not sure how I would’ve reacted to this, had I read it few years back. Now, it’s a reality check. Like, we’re either in the midst of one or being taken towards one.
The book throws up a question, ‘What if your government monitored everything you did?’
And of course, control everything. From your thoughts, to media to altering history (rather manufacturing a parallel one) and make you believe in the existence of an enemy that doesn’t exist. By not only shifting agendas at will but making you believe that it was never changed.
Taking the economy to a bad state and yet making you believe that ‘we’re doing better than before’.
Bizarre execution of ideas that are normal for the citizen of the fictitious super-nation of Oceania here. This includes, conducting ‘hate-week’ where you shout profanities at the enemy of the state. Children trained to be spies to ‘rat-out’ their own parents for any ‘anti-state’ activity and making them all believe that it is all for the overall good of their nation.
It’s a book that must be read to know what absolute power can turn nations into.
George Orwell, you’ve again succeeded in giving me a few nightmares for which I won’t even have to sleep.