I don’t usually encounter books divided by parts within the same book. Usually when stories are divided in parts, they come in different book. That’s the idea behind the “Book Series” after all, isn’t it?
Well… I can tell you that the different parts of 1984 by George Orwell DO evoke different feelings. They are about different things, even when they follow the same storyline.
The first part is all about trying to escape the monotony. The main character, Winston, is trapped within an oppressive social structure and finds himself scared of his own actions. He feels compelled to go against all the things he knows are required of him with little acts of rebellion that he must hide carefully.
Part two is all about the rebellious actions getting bigger, more willing and more significative. Now the story moves to Winston himself, his feelings and his lady love, Julia, who uses promiscuity as a form of fighting The Party.
I think that was my favorite part of the whole book. When we get to understand the hows and whys of this system within which our characters lives.
There’s this really mind boggling part with the reading of a book within your reading of this book. The Book, as they call it, describes the structure and purposes of this strange government.
I studied politics like one of my major subjects in college, and I kept wondering all along the reading of The Book… Why didn’t I study this at school?! It would’ve made the structures of totalitarian governments more fun to study.
I mean, it is MINDBLOWING!
True, it woke up my academic interest, but more than that! It made me think about the control of the media over the masses.
It was somewhat scary, in a real life sense.
Part three of this story is all about….
…the defeat and surrender of our character, and the success of Big Brother.
Yes. The bad guys win at the end. And no, it doesn’t take away a from the book, but it does give a special kind of vibe to the whole thing.
It is a dark story, that only gets darker and darker as you move forward.
I DO see what makes this book a must-read. It SHOULD be on everyone’s reading list.