First lines: Nineteen Eighty-Four

Big Brother (who is watching you). Room 101. Sending stuff down the memory hole. The Thought Police and Thoughtcrime. 1984. George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four has unleashed quite a few concepts upon the world. And just like with that other book of his, I don’t think there’s much I can say about this book that isn’t already said ad nauseam.

As a novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four ain’t half bad. Okay, it dragged a bit in Part II where two lengthy excerpts of The Book were quoted verbatim. I mean, any book that presents an alternate future needs an explanation of the back story, but that doesn’t have to be a long, dry treatise on the perceived flaws of Ingsoc. Other than that, I don’t have any complaints.

George Orwell — Nineteen Eighty-Four
It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.