I may be wrong, but I think this is the first time I have given a star rating of higher than three stars to a classic book. I’m pretty sure it is the first time this year that I have done so, anyway. I actually really enjoyed this book, but I’m giving it four stars because there was a whole section where it took me about 3 days just to get through that section, and I only did because I sat down and really pushed myself to read through it.
1984 was required reading for me in high school at one point, and I know that I did not particularly understand or enjoy it back then. Present me kind of wants to go back and slap some sense into younger me, while at the same time also understanding that I had a lot of the world yet to see to get to where I am now so that I DO understand the book. And, honestly, I don’t think that I even understand everything there is to understand about the book.
This is definitely one of those books that I would be completely willing to go and read essays and other writings that other people have written about it so that I could try and get to the deeper meaning of the whole book. And then go back and read the book AGAIN so that I could read the book with that deeper understanding in my head. I know that this second time around reading the book is not my last time reading the book. Probably far from it.
I recommend this book as essential reading for a couple of reasons. 1) The current political climate. I think we should all educate ourselves on how bad it can be (even through fiction…it’s still education) so that hopefully we can prevent that from becoming a reality. 2) It’s a classic, and it’s good to read the classics. I think that books stick around as classics for a reason.