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"It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen." It is with these words that the reader is introduced to the ludicrousness of this highly visionary novel in which George Orwell creates a disturbing picture of the future. Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece serves to provide a warning to the generation of his time about the dangers of totalitarian government.
The premise of the novel is simple: by the year 1984, which may or may not literally be 1984, the world has been divided up into three major nations known as Eurasia, Eastasia and Oceania. The novel spends the whole of its time in Oceania, a society in which the Party rules and Big Brother reigns. The world of 1984 is a police state full of video screens watching all actions, manipulation of historical data to brainwash the masses, hate speeches to incite anger against Party enemies, and total elimination of anyone who commits the hated “thoughtcrime”.
However, under the idyllic peaceful life most people live, one man in particular knows something is wrong. Winston Smith is the unforgettable protagonist who sets out to expose the Party for the cynically fraudulent organisation it is. Winston is a character that readers can identify with; a kind of innocent in a world gone wrong. It is through him that readers are able to understand and feel the suffering that exists in the totalitarian society of Oceania.
I get chills every single time I read this. It is terrifying to think of a world in which your own children are spies for the government and can turn you in, where cameras are watching you 24/7, a world in which you live nervously worrying about whether the sensitive machinery that is watching you will pick up an increase in heartbeat that may incriminate you.
House of CardsMichael Dobbs
House of Cards commences with the latest general election, as cabinet posts are being mulled over. Cue the beginning of the end for those holding the reins of power. The protagonist is Francis Urquhart, the Chief Whip with an addiction to power who is willing to betray every secret in politics to become Prime Minister. The reader will also see the lengths to which a young political correspondent will go to obtain the scoop of her lifetime. Mattie stumbles across a web of deceit and financial corruption, risking her life to reveal the truth. In what can
only be described as a true ascent to power of both characters, Dobbs sets the scene for some explosive action that had me on the edge of my seat.
Like many people, I read this novel after developing an addiction to the Americanised television adaptation and, as such, it suffers a little by comparison. However it is full of the same intrigue and humour that made the TV show a huge success. It was impossible for me to absorb Dobbs’s well-written dialogue without imagining Urquhart being played by an iconic actor, and I could hear Kevin Spacey’s evil, manipulative voice throughout the book.
Anyone with a passion for politics (and especially a love of the parliamentary system) will thoroughly enjoy this drama. You will be kept on your toes right until the very last page.