Seeing our amazing customers again has been a real highlight, together with getting back to making coffee. Since the fourth, we have been allowed to have customers sitting in and it has been great to have a bit of a buzz return to the Beehive. I really hope that everything is going well with you. As things start getting back to normal, I thought with today’s book, we should question how normal the world was beforehand anyway. Ok, that was a bad segway… So today, we will be looking at ‘1984’ by George Orwell, which is my favourite book of all time.
Can we just take a moment to appreciate how amazing the cover of this book is…? ‘1984’ is a dystopian novella that was published in 1949. This book is a warning against totalitarianism by showing the perils of a regime where there is complete control of the media and surveillance over every aspect of life. The observations that Orwell makes can seem all too real in parts of the world around us. In ‘1984’, the ruling powers state that reality is not “something objective, external, existing in its own right”, but instead, “whatever the Party holds to be truth is truth.” In this incredible novella, we also get to hear a beautiful, yet harrowing, love story between the protagonist, Winston Smith, and Julia. By providing depth to the characters in this book, and in turn allowing the reader to become more invested in their lives, the sufferings and miseries of the characters become larger. To finish, here is one of my favourite quotes: “Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood.”