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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

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

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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.

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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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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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davidhughes, April 2, 2014 (view all comments by davidhughes)
George Orwell’s 1984 is in its own league of its own. The story is about a man named Winston Smith who lives under a totalitarian rule in futuristic London. Winston yearns for more in his life than to work for the Party covering up their lies in the Ministry of Truth. Winston meets a woman named Julia who ignites a rebellious fire inside of him. Winston and Julia eventually are caught and tortured for their crimes against the government. Orwell’s book was written in 1949 during the Soviet rule and after the Nazi collapse. It was written as a warning to the risks of life in total government control. 1984 is like no book I’ve ever read. It is something that can’t be predicted because of how foreign the idea of totalitarianism is. It is very detailed about the daily lives of Winston and others under the control of Big Brother.
George Orwell's 1984 is a book written about the future under a totalitarian government. Big Brother is the supposed leader of the country of Oceania in a world where they are in a constant war with Eastasia and Eurasia. Rockets are casually striking through the city destroying people and their buildings. The government does allow sex or any close relationships. All of the people work for the government and receive very little in return. Hidden microphones and cameras monitor every citizen. Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth, which covers up details for the government. He ends up having a relationship with a girl named Julia and is eventually caught and brainwashed. It is told in order of about a month. Orwell uses small flashbacks and slight foreshadowing to keep the reader thinking. The book is a futuristic story predicting what would happen under totalitarian government. The book develops characters very well and in great detail because the story is told from third person omniscient point of view.
The novel is very slow developing book. Winston starts the story off by briefly describing London and what Big Brother has done and how they monitor their lives with telescreens. The Party creates a bunch of ways to control citizens with Thought Police and Junior Spies. London is a part of England which is part of a larger state called Oceania. Winston works at the Ministry of Truth. Winston's job is to fabricate files for the Party to cover up anything to make them look bad. In Book Two Winston meets a girl named Julia. Winston and Julia begin to have a relationship and are both rebelling against the anti-sex laws. Winston rents a room above Mr. Charrington's shop for him and Julia. Winston assumed that there was no telescreens in the room. Julia and Winston go to meet O'Brien about opposing the Party. O'Brien lies about being a rebel and the Brotherhood that opposes Big Brother. Winston and Julia continue to meet but get caught by a hidden telescreen in Mr. Charrington's room. “One thing alone mattered: to keep still, to keep still and not give them an excuse to hit you." (222-223). Winston's fear of the government is shown through that quote. even the smallest flinch could get him in even greater trouble. Winston and Julia are taken to holding sells where they are submitted to torture and brainwashing. “I’ve got a wife and three children. The biggest of them isn’t even six years old. You can take the whole lot of them and cut their throats in front of my eyes, and I’ll stand by and watch it. But not Room 101!” (237). Room 101 is a room where Winston is tortured by his greatest fear of Rats. The room is feared by many as it is the most extreme disciplinary action the Party takes. Since the government constantly monitors its citizens, they know everyones fears. The book is separated into 3 books, each book gets deeper and deeper into the corruption of the Party.
Orwell's 1984 is a book written to teach people about the dangers of a totalitarian government. Orwell does a wonderful job of creating a world where all citizens are afraid of their government. He is showing readers that no matter how hard they try, their government will always have full control once they give up their rights. When he wrote the book in 1949, the Soviet Union was the closest thing the world had to this government. He wanted to discourage the world from the idea of total government takeover. Orwell does a very convincing job of duplicating communism. He clearly researched the ways of the Soviet government and took it to another level. The reason 1984 is always relevant will be because everything he mentioned is in the capabilities of a government. Orwell develops his main characters very well, we are able to know almost everything about them. There is also no divergence from the plot. Each event is directly related to the development of the plot. He also creates a tone of very gray and boring lifestyles while using his own commentary to keep it interesting.
George Orwell's 1984 is a timeless classic. Winston Smith is very much alike the common person and most people can relate with him. Orwell addresses many issues with government and shows people why they should oppose complete control. Orwell doesn't look to challenge the morality of a single person or their views but merely shows the common world the issues with a communist government. 1984 is a book that will forever be imprinted in my memory because it gives readers an inside look at the struggles of a totalitarian government for an average citizen.
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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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