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2020 Book Review: 1984 by George Orwell

There are some books I’ve come across in my youth that my perspective changed in my aging. Sometimes I find a gem I see completely different later. As is life, perception changes and life goes on, but this is just one of those books that can transform over time after you’ve experienced more that life has to give.

This book, when I first read it was confusing. I thought it was different in a ‘weird’ way and could appreciate its well-written tale. It must’ve stuck me enough for me to read it again later in life. I suppose the reason it was so different for me when I first read it was the world, I lived in then wasn’t what it is now. Now we live in a high-tech age where knowledge is at our fingertips, heck I’m writing this review on something connected to the internet and if I need to look up a word, I can search it up instantly instead of scrambling for my dictionary to make sure I’m using something properly. I’ve witnessed a lot in my time and because of this I knew I wanted to read it again.

I read the posts on social media of people calling out their sirens we’re living in 1984. Their warnings were living in the heartbreaking dystopian novel. I had to reread it. I wanted to see if I was as I was remembering it. It was horrific. It became a reflection of how bad things in the real-world could get, I could place some things in the ‘now’ for me, and that alone was eerie. This book was a warning the second read around. This is the kind of book everyone should read twice in their life. Once when younger and once when older; I won’t say that often about a book, but I will about this one.


This review is a part of my 2020 yearlong self-challenge to read and review. I have reread some books for the purpose of reviewing them on my website whereas I have read others for the first time. Check out Book Reviews and Recommendations to find other book reviews, book recommendations, and more information about the books I’m reading, have read, or are sharing.

Have you read this book? What were your thoughts? Do you agree with me? Do you disagree? Let’s have a conversation about it.

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