George Orwell

"War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength"

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“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever.”

"Big Brother is watching you"

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Laylon Mokry

George Orwell's visionary classic is a must read for any politically aware citizen. It provides an entertaining and mysterious story along with a prophetic warning. The book explores many concepts and ideas regarding propaganda, group-think, and domestic surveillance in a dystopian society.

The novel depicts a dreary world run by the aristocratic "inner party". The entire government is centered around the god-like big brother. Winston Smith, a middle class member working for the propaganda ministry explores this society and tries to distinguish truth from fallacy. He becomes involved in a secret relationship and begins to question the Party. Join Winston on his journey to find the truth about the world he lives in.

This novel is my personal favorite because it explores what the world would be like under a totalitarian government with unrestrained powers. It sheds light upon the dangers of sacrificing freedom for safety. The novel's many themes are even more relevant today, 65 years after its publishing.