George Orwell – 1984

George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police – a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities’ will and people live tepid lives by rote.

Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.

The year 1984 has come and gone, yet George Orwell’s nightmare vision of the world we were becoming in 1949 is still the great modern classic portrait of a negative Utopia.

Author: George Orwell
Narrator: Simon Prebble
Duration: 11 hours 42 minutes
Released: 31 Dec 2006
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Language: English

User Review:

decor bewildering

This book is a very powerful look at current progressive political theory. Orwell is masterful at dissecting, diagnosing what we are now witnessing in the West. As a Christian, I see many parallels to what it means to be faithful. I see the idea that there are things much greater than myself. We all believe, have faith in, trust in something. We are all by nature religious, worship something. If not Christ, then political party or ethnicity or any number of things. To place your faith in something greater than yourself means to see yourself as part of that group. For example, as a Christian, I see myself as part of His Church, His elect, His adopted family. In 1984, to be part of the Party is to submit to its meaning and purpose. The other interesting thing is that this story suggests that many people want power for the sake of power, that God is power. A faithful Christian would say this is prideful, that our goal is sacrificial service, humility. This is a reminder that worldview matters, that our beliefs about God and his nature are primary.
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