Nineteen Eighty-four

Nineteen Eighty-four

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One of the most celebrated classics of the twentieth century, Orwell's cautionary tale of a man trapped under the gaze of an authoritarian state feels more relevant now than ever before .

Winston Smith, a member of the outer Party, spends his days rewriting history to fit the narrative that his government wants citizens to believe. But as the gap between the propaganda he writes and the reality he lives proves too much for Winston to swallow, he begins to seek some form of escape. His desperate struggle to free himself from an all-encompassing, tyrannical state illuminates the tendencies apparent in every modern society, and makes vivid the universal predicament of the individual.

Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1992.
ISBN: 9780679417392
0679417397
Characteristics: xlii, 325 p. ; 21 cm.
Alternative Title: 1984

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itsapurplegiraffe
Feb 03, 2018

This book is a masterpiece. Although it is a classic you may find it eerily relevant and it forces you to look at life in a different way. It's brutally honest and not for the weak-hearted. A fantastic read that will leave you reflecting on the world and will stick with you throughout your years.

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jmthornberry
Jan 24, 2018

A wonderful novel. One of my favorites.

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gomiami1972
Jan 19, 2018

Nineteen Eighty-Four is an absolute must read for everyone. Haunting, not wholly outrageous and, in certain respects prophetic, this book is more valid today than when it was first released. I recommend you read it, take a long break (perhaps months or years) and then read it again. You will pick up on subtleties missed the first time. Most of all, own a copy of it. One of the best modern books ever written. I'm not referring to the quality of prose. I'm referring to the concepts contained within that have been adopted into our lexicon and cultural as well as that of the geopolitical sphere. Astounding.

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Nyadenya
Dec 18, 2017

I am at a point in my life where I feel like George Orwell. In the introduction of this edition of Nineteen Eighty-Four: The Borzoi Book Published by Alfred A Knoff and first included in the Everyman's Library in 1992 Orwell's words are seen with this quote on quote: " Every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly, against totalitarianism and for democratic Socialism as I understand it" the book reads, "I wrote lifeless books and was betrayed into purple passages, sentences without meaning, decorative adjectives and humbug generally". Similar to how Orwell has written without meaning, I have read without meaning thus causing me to write without meaning (I now write for money and I read to find out why I read). One thing I learned at University of Massachusetts Boston was that a great speaker must first be a great writer and a great writer must first be a great reader. In essence, it is back to basics and the next book I am reading is Homage to Catalonia which appeared in 1938 in an edition of only 1,500 copies of which 600 copies were still unsold when Mr. Orwell died in 1950. Julian Symon's wrote the introduction to this edition. This review is dedicated to Jadiann Thompson of Channel Seven who inspired me to pick up this book after reading a December 2017 issue of the Improper Bostonian.

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NatalyaDmitrieva
Oct 31, 2017

I really like dystopian novels. 1984 by George Orwell is one of the best book. I read it twice at a great interval. Both times it impressed me. This book is a warning for people how a dictator can manipulate and control all aspects of people's lives if they won’t resist of mass control and oppression.

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janetll69
Oct 23, 2017

I do not understand how anyone could enjoy this book, much less love it for it to have 4 & 5 stars! This is the 2nd most boring book I've EVER read and only made it 1/3 through. I refuse to waste time on boring books.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 20, 2017

George Orwell’s 1984 is a horrifying story about a dystopia. Everything in the world is controlled by The Party. The Party has various ways in order to oversee the populace. Telescreens are able to hear and see everything, and Thought Police make sure that citizens are entirely conformed to the reality that The Party pushes. Blind loyalty to the state starting at a young age makes it so that children are likely to report anything their parents do. The Party can change the truth at an instance. They will rewrite all literature and past news in order to push a new future. This book shows Orwell’s genius. He created a grim and unconformable world in 1984 to show the dangers of a totalitarian state, and he had massive success. Today, pretty much any government administration that tries to expand their power and step on civil liberties will be accused of being The Party and Big Brother. This shows how this book is timeless and will be relatable for a very long time. I would rate this book 4.5/5 stars only for the fact that the characters are not that interesting.
- @SuperSilk of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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LadySade
Aug 22, 2017

What mainstream book could be more relevant to this time? In mortification, I saw how there are signs of "common ground" to the present day in Orwell's story of a man living under a totalitarian regime. A narrative generating media, tyranny masquerading as equality, and the thought police controlling others with diverting opinions, I mean, its all quite chilling. I recommend everyone to read it.

Mark_Daly Aug 15, 2017

This book has stayed fresh for over a half-century not so much from Orwell's predictive powers, but from the passion and sympathy he wrote into it. Plus, his consummate skill with interior monologue outshines aspects of his world-building that can seem faintly ridiculous. Oh poor, poor Winston...

AL_CODY Aug 09, 2017

My favorite all time book! This terrifying story about what life would be like if everything we did was monitored and controlled by a fascist government. This was one of the very first books I read that truly had me engaged and concerned for the characters. It keeps you guessing and throws one curve ball after another at you.

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gomiami1972
Feb 05, 2018

Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.

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itsapurplegiraffe
Feb 04, 2018

“Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.”

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itsapurplegiraffe
Feb 04, 2018

“In the face of pain there are no heroes.”

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itsapurplegiraffe
Feb 04, 2018

“Perhaps a lunatic was simply a minority of one.”

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itsapurplegiraffe
Feb 04, 2018

“Until they became conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.”

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itsapurplegiraffe
Feb 04, 2018

“But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.”

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itsapurplegiraffe
Feb 04, 2018

“We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness.”

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itsapurplegiraffe
Feb 04, 2018

“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—for ever.”

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itsapurplegiraffe
Feb 04, 2018

“The best books... are those that tell you what you know already.”

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itsapurplegiraffe
Feb 04, 2018

“War is peace.
Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength.”

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platypus101 Jul 11, 2013

Orwell had a daunting task: creating a future nearly half a century away from the time period in which he was writing. This future had to be its own complex, independent society, but it also had to be the natural end result of the totalitarianism Orwell witnessed in the communist and socialist regimes of World War II. That's part of the horror of 1984: this future is a recognizable one, even in the 21st century. It's easy to see how those in control can, through manipulation and propaganda, maintain that control simply for the sake of sating their own power hunger. It's easy to say "no one could ever tell me what to think or what to do," but the Party's use of Big Brother, the Thought Police, the Two-Minute Hate, and Doublethink make it easy to see how a person's ability to think independently and discern fiction from reality can be eroded when there is no touchstone to fact. Revising and rewriting the past to make certain that Big Brother and the Party are always correct has effectively eliminated historical accuracy. How can one think and reason in a society where everything is a fabrication?

JennComishen Jul 17, 2012

Winston, a member of the straight forward, controlled society we now live in 1984, begins to question Big Brother, along with a collegue of his. The two of them get information and try to take down Big Brother themselves, however with the help of a betrayel Big Brother catches on to their plans. Using the dark methods of Double think and the haunting room 101, both Winston and his collegue are 'barinwashed' as the rest of society is, and taken over by Big Brother

Bayside Jul 02, 2012

Nineteen Eighty-four is about a Utopian society set in that year. In this society the government controls everything, including the past, the present, the future, privacy and language. Citizens are controlled by fear and brainwashing, and are always under direct supervision by telescreens, allowing little to no privacy. The novel revolves around a member of the society by the name of Winston. Winston is a relatively average member who, throughout the course of the novel, begins to secretly rebel against his government.

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JihadiConservative
May 26, 2015

Sexual Content: Contains sex throughout. However, it is not particularly graphic. But it is throughout. There are some sex scenes, references, prostitutes (Man has a dream about going to a 60 year old prostitute: Disturbing) Sex talk throughout.

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liya6
Jan 28, 2014

Violence: Contains violence

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