Even though 1984 by George Orwell has been around for a long time this is the first time I have read the book. Having heard of different references many times I was excited to finally be reading it. 1984 is a futuristic look at a totalitarian, bureaucratic world and Winston’s attempt at individuality.
I enjoyed the beginning of the book as Orwell sets up his world. I could very easily picture the world and the people in it. There is a point in the book where the Brotherhood Handbook is included. This is where things went downhill for me. I really struggled to get through the handbook. While earlier in the book I enjoyed learning about how this world operated I did not enjoy the in depth look. This could be because I was not interested in a nonfiction book and this is essentially what the handbook is. This part of the book dragged on and on and I did a lot of skimming. I found the ending to be depressing. I like books that show goodness and the selflessness of mankind and kept waiting for that to happen. I also don’t agree with the book and the warning that it is trying to make. I don’t think that the world will become the state of 1984 because there is to much love in the world. It may be difficult to find but it is there and I believe in the power of mankind