Tag: Dystopian Fiction

George Orwell – Nineteen Eighty-Four | Review

Title: Nineteen Eighty-Four

Author: George Orwell

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 328

Rating: 9/10

 

George Orwell - 1984

George Orwell – Nineteen Eighty-Four

 

Nineteen Eighty-Four is, of course, a classic, but I can’t quite give it a ten out of ten. And there’s a specific reason for that – the long chunk of text in the middle of the novel, where Winston is reading about the history of the world. It feels like clumsy exposition, and I’m sure that Orwell could’ve made it more interesting – it was like stopping in the middle of a historical thriller to go and read a textbook to get more information on the story.

Other than that, this is an incredible novel, and one of the rare books which has helped to launch an entire genre, the genre of dystopian fiction. I won’t go too much into the actual story line here, because I want you to go and read it yourself and there are a lot of twists and turns, but I can tell you that it’s a beautiful illustration of the struggles of the oppressed against the oppressor.

If you haven’t read this yet then I strongly recommend that you do, especially if you’re a serious reader who wants to go through the classics. Orwell was a fantastic writer and he has a wider body of work that you might want to look into afterwards, but you might not – some people just don’t ‘get’ his style, which is fair enough. There are more accessible authors out there, but not many that go this deep.

And besides, you need to read Nineteen Eighty Four to appreciate newspeak, which is doubleplusgood. Orwell basically invented his own language for the novel, which kind of makes Tolkien look silly for inventing so many complex languages of his own when you could make everything simpler and have the same effect. Kudos to Orwell, for achieving so much with just one novel – you have to read it to appreciate it.

 

George Orwell

George Orwell

 

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William Golding – Lord of the Flies | Review

Title: Lord of the Flies

Author: William Golding

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 225

Rating: 9/10

 

William Golding - Lord of the Flies

William Golding – Lord of the Flies

 

Lord of the Flies is an indisputable classic, and while it’s the only William Golding book that I’ve read, it’s left me wanting to read some more of his work. Without Lord of the Flies, a whole slew of modern film and literature wouldn’t exist, and Battle Royale and The Hunger Games in particular stand out as examples of the long reach of Golding’s influence.

The novel tells the story of a group of schoolchildren who find themselves stranded on a desert island after a plane crash, and their subsequent descent in to anarchy and brutality. It’s a classic tale, one that verges on both dystopian fiction and a serious sociological study, and it’s a book that everyone should read at some point in their lives, the earlier the better.

As a writer, Golding is up there with the best, and I can’t help feeling that his literary talents have been somewhat overlooked – sure, he won the Nobel Prize for Literature with this novel and it was praised by Kingsley Amis and E. M. Forster, but Golding never achieved the level of recognition that was awarded to Hemingway, Orwell and the like, who were writing with the same skill a decade earlier.

 

William Golding

William Golding

 

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