Well, i have to say 1984 is a bit more tedious than orwell's animal farm. this anti-utopian novel, in my opinion, is in no way to stand for socialism; on the contrary, it reflects disillusionment of the ex-zealot of communism.
and the most horrible notion i bore in mind when reading this novel is that, as a reader from china, i found most of its descriptions in the book were not imaginary to me at all. they are not dreamy utopia, bad or not. rather, they are my nation's authentic past and to some extent, ongoing daymare.