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ISBN13: 9780451524935
ISBN10: 0451524934
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A masterpiece of rebellion and imprisonment, where war is peace, freedom is slavery, and Big Brother is watching...

Thought Police. Big Brother. Orwellian. These words have entered our vocabulary because of George Orwell's classic dystopian novel, 1984. The story of one man’s nightmare odyssey as he pursues a forbidden love affair through a world ruled by warring states and a power structure that controls not only information but also individual thought and memory, 1984 is a prophetic, haunting tale.

More relevant than ever before, 1984 exposes the worst crimes imaginable — the destruction of truth, freedom, and individuality.

Review:

"1984 is a fantasy about disaffected journalists, novelists, poets, professors, and schoolmasters imposing an idealistic philosophy on the countries of the West — amalgamated into the superpower Oceania — which is no more than a notion of the nature of reality forged in an Oxford or Cambridge common room." Anthony Burgess

Review:

"The most solid, the most brilliant thing George Orwell has done." V. S. Pritchett

Synopsis:

View our feature on George Orwell’s 1984. Written in 1948, 1984 was George Orwell’s chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, Orwell’s narrative is timelier than ever. 1984 presents a startling and haunting vision of the world, so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the power of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of multiple generations of readers, or the resiliency of its admonitions—a legacy that seems only to grow with the passage of time.

Synopsis:

Satire on the possible horrors of a totalitarian regime in England in 1984.

About the Author

George Orwell was the pen name of an Englishman named Eric Blair. He was born in Bengal in 1903, educated at Eton, and after service with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma, returned to Europe to earn his living writing novels and essays. He was essentially a political writer who wrote of his own times, a man of intense feelings and fierce hates. He hated totalitarianism, and served in the Loyalist forces in the Spanish Civil War. He was critical of communism but considered himself a Socialist. He hated intellectuals, although he was a literary critic. He hated cant and lying and cruelty in life and in literature. He died at forty-seven of a neglected lung ailment, leaving behind a substantial body of work, a growing reputation for greatness, and the conviction that modern man was inadequate to cope with the demands of his history.

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Cheri P, January 14, 2015 (view all comments by Cheri P)
I swear I read this book before... and yet, nothing was familiar. The scene that stuck in my mind from my supposed previous reading? Not there. All in my imagination.

An invented memory. Surprisingly apropos, in a twisted, not-quite-linear kind of way.

I liked the book - mostly. The twenty-or-so page passage of The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism didn't endear me to the book; in our household, this "here's what you need to know" technique is referred to as "The Librarian" method of storytelling (a la Neal Stephenson's convenient data-dump device in Snow Crash), and it's a readerly peeve of mine.

The Librarian Data Dump aside, I did like 1984. I get why it's a classic. Heck, it's a classic that's held its own - over 60 years old and the ideas in there are relevant. Scary. Thought provoking. I especially enjoyed the discussion of language, and how controlling one's access to language controls one's thought.

In the coming days, I'll be thinking about concepts of power, control, and what happens when we destroy human bonds of friendship, love, and empathy. When we hate simply because we're supposed to hate. When we fear original thought. It's dangerous stuff.

Makes me worry even more about the way popular media functions... it seems to me that some "news" functions more like Big Brother, whipping people up into thoughtless frenzies, revising truth to mirror ideologies.

How far are we, really, from those Big Brother telescreens? How many people let their sets murmur rantings all day and into the night?

We are not so far from 1984 as we would like to think, I fear.

This book is unsettling (as it's supposed to be), and even crept into my dreams (no, not restful dreams, thank you Mr. Orwell). It was not a happy book. I finished the last page and wanted a shower, a cry, and a drink.

At least we can get better gin than poor Winston Smith.
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brian.thatcher78, October 20, 2014 (view all comments by brian.thatcher78)
Brilliant, prophetic and frightening.
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Cristal, June 30, 2014 (view all comments by Cristal)
George Orwell's classic was incredibly visionary. It is hardly fathomable that this book was written in 1948. Things that we take for granted today - cameras everywhere we go, phones being tapped, bodies being scanned for weapons remotely - all of these things were described in graphic detail in Orwell's book.
Now that we have the Internet and people spying on other people w/ webcams and people purposely setting up their own webcams to let others "anonymously" watch them, you can see how this culture can develop into the Orwellian future described in "1984."
If you've heard such phrases as "Big Brother," "Newspeak," and "thought crime" and wondered where these phrases came from, they came from this incredible, vivid and disturbing book.
Winston Smith, the main character of the book is a vibrant, thinking man hiding within the plain mindless behavior he has to go through each day to not be considered a thought criminal. Everything is politically correct, children defy their parents (and are encouraged by the government to do so) and everyone pays constant allegiance to "Big Brother" - the government that watches everyone and knows what everyone is doing at all times - watching you shower, watching you having sex, watching you eat, watching you go to the bathroom and ultimately watching you die.
This is a must-read for everyone.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780451524935
Author:
Orwell, George
Publisher:
Signet Book
Author:
Fromm, Erich
Afterword by:
Fromm, Erich
Afterword:
Fromm, Erich
Location:
New York, N.Y.
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Novels and novellas
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
British and irish fiction (fictional works by
Subject:
Science fiction, English
Subject:
Political fiction
Subject:
Totalitarianism
Subject:
Dystopias
Subject:
Dystopias in literature.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Signet Classics Paperback
Series Volume:
no. 6
Publication Date:
19500731
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
7.60x4.23x.89 in. .49 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 336 pages Signet Book - English 9780451524935 Reviews:
"Review" by , "1984 is a fantasy about disaffected journalists, novelists, poets, professors, and schoolmasters imposing an idealistic philosophy on the countries of the West — amalgamated into the superpower Oceania — which is no more than a notion of the nature of reality forged in an Oxford or Cambridge common room."
"Review" by , "The most solid, the most brilliant thing George Orwell has done."
"Synopsis" by ,

View our feature on George Orwell’s 1984. Written in 1948, 1984 was George Orwell’s chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, Orwell’s narrative is timelier than ever. 1984 presents a startling and haunting vision of the world, so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the power of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of multiple generations of readers, or the resiliency of its admonitions—a legacy that seems only to grow with the passage of time.

"Synopsis" by , Satire on the possible horrors of a totalitarian regime in England in 1984.
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