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1984

written by Sudheer Satyanarayana on 2011-06-20

1984 is a novel written by George Orwell. The book falls under the science fiction category. At the mention of science fiction, I can sense your disbelief, you hard science fiction fan. For some of us, sci-fi means robots from fantasy land and amusing imaginary journey in the outer space. Science fiction has many subgenres such as hard science fiction, soft science fiction, time travel and superhuman. 1984 belongs to the subgenre social science fiction.

I had read George Orwell's Down And Out In Paris And London more than a decade ago. Memories of my deep appreciation of the author is still green. I had heard about 1984 and its fame at that time. 1984 has been in my wish list ever since.

A few weeks ago, I ordered the book from Indian Amazon. They promptly shipped it in two days. After reading State Of Fear, I picked up 1984. After reading a few pages, I was impressed by the richness of the narration. Sometimes, after a reading session, I was curious what would happen next in the plot. Few humourous passages made me laugh out loud.

The story involves the invention of a new language called newspeak. Newspeak contains politically doctored words and phrases to control thought. For example, in newspeak, to express something that is not good, you would use the word ungood. I liked the idea instantly. I thought of saying this to an unsuccessful professional - "if you continue to be unskilled, uneducated and unmotivated you will soon become an unperson". If you read the novel, you will enjoy the other words of the newspeak language.

1984 is truly a great novel. If Ravi Shastry were to praise George Orwell's writing style, he would sure say terrific. If you wish to read all major literary works in English, you shouldn't miss 1984. There are several Wikipedia pages dedicated to George Orwell and his works. Many blog posts can be dedicated to George Orwell and 1984. However, I would like to mention just a trivium. George Orwell was born on 25 June 1903 in Bihar.

If you have read or eager to read 1984, I would love to read your comments.