Excerpt from 1984 - Review of Nineteen Eighty-Four by James Topham, from About.com
Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) by George Orwell is a classic dystopian novel--a eerily prescient of the state of modern society. Written by a liberal and fair-minded socialist soon after the end of the second world war, 1984 describes the future in a totalitarian state where thoughts and actions are minutely monitored and controlled. Orwell gives us a drab, empty, over-politicized world. With the passionate individualism of the central character, revolt is a very real danger.