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1984 by George Orwell

1984 (1949)

by George Orwell

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    Animal Farm by George Orwell (JGKC, haraldo)
  2. 691
    Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (nathanm, chrisharpe, MinaKelly, li33ieg, haraldo, Ludi_Ling)
    li33ieg: 1984, Brave New World and Fahrenheit 451: 3 essential titles that remind us of the need to keep our individual souls pure.
    Ludi_Ling: Really, the one cannot be mentioned without the other. Actually, apart from the dystopian subject matter, they are very different stories, but serve as a great counterpoint to one another.
  3. 637
    Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (readafew, hipdeep, Booksloth, rosylibrarian, moietmoi, haraldo, BookshelfMonstrosity)
    readafew: Both books are about keeping the people in control and ignorant.
    hipdeep: 1984 is scary like a horror movie. Fahrenheit 451 is scary like the news. So - do you want to see something really scary?
    BookshelfMonstrosity: A man's romance-inspired defiance of menacing, repressive governments in bleak futures are the themes of these compelling novels. Control of language and monitors that both broadcast to and spy on people are key motifs. Both are dramatic, haunting, and thought-provoking.… (more)
  4. 371
    A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (wosret, Anonymous user)
  5. 341
    The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (citygirl, cflorente, wosret, norabelle414, readingwolverine)
  6. 251
    We by Yevgeny Zamyatin (hippietrail, BGP, soylentgreen23, roby72, timoroso, MEStaton, Anonymous user, Sylak)
    hippietrail: The original dystopian novel from which both Huxley and Orwell drew inspiration.
    timoroso: Zamyatin's "We" was not just a precursor of "Nineteen Eighty-Four" but the work Orwell took as a model for his own book.
    Sylak: A great influence in the writing of his own book.
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    Lord of the Flies by William Golding (vegetarianflautist, avid_reader25)
  8. 204
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey (readerbabe1984)
  9. 171
    V for Vendetta by Alan Moore (aethercowboy)
    aethercowboy: The world of V for Vendetta is very reminiscent of the world of 1984.
  10. 195
    The Giver by Lois Lowry (cflorente, readerbabe1984)
  11. 91
    Little Brother by Cory Doctorow (infiniteletters, suzanney, JFDR)
    JFDR: 1984's Big Brother is Little Brother's namesake.
  12. 91
    Brave New World Revisited by Aldous Huxley (pyrocow)
  13. 60
    Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler (BGP, ivan.frade)
    ivan.frade: Both books talk about revolution and the people, individual rights vs. common wellness. "darkness at noon" is pretty similar to 1984, without the especulation/science-fiction ingredient.
  14. 71
    Brave New World & Brave New World Revisited by Aldous Huxley (thebookpile)
  15. 71
    Kallocain by Karin Boye (andejons, Anonymous user)
    andejons: The totalitarian state works very similar in both books, but the control in Kallocain seems more plausible, which makes it more frightening.
  16. 84
    Panopticon; or, The inspection-house by Jeremy Bentham (bertilak)
  17. 40
    The Archivist's Story by Travis Holland (CatyM)
    CatyM: Two very powerful stories of what happens when a very small cog in the machine of a dictatorship decides not to turn anymore.
  18. 30
    House of Stairs by William Sleator (weener)
  19. 41
    This Perfect Day by Ira Levin (MMSequeira)
    MMSequeira: Another interesting attempt at a plausible history of the future. Definitely worth reading.
  20. 30
    The Machine Stops by E. M. Forster (artturnerjr)
    artturnerjr: If you read only one other dystopian SF story, make it this one.

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“Los fines de estos tres grupos son inconciliables. Los Altos quieren quedarse donde están. Los Medianos tratan de arrebatarles sus puestos a los Altos. La finalidad de los Bajos, cuando la tienen —porque su principal característica es hallarse aplastados por las exigencias de la vida cotidiana—, consiste en abolir todas las distinciones y crear una sociedad en que todos los hombres sean iguales. Así, vuelve a presentarse continuamente la misma lucha social.” ( )
  fgrajales89 | May 15, 2015 |
This is a must read. The book is about a man, who seeks to put his needs over his fellow citizens, he seeks to overthrow the government by having a secret affair and reading a book. It's anti-war, anti-television and a beginners guide to brainwashing. ( )
  SpencerwithanR | May 4, 2015 |
1984 descreve um planeta totalitário onde a verdade não é mais disponível, não é sequer um comfort. Mas "Big Brother" diz que sim. Que a liberdade significa total obediência ao partido. Que amor é um conceito bizarro, exclusive o amor ao Partido. A história é contada do ponto de vista de Winston Smith, funcionário do Ministério da Verdade. Seu job description inclui a "correção" de todos os arquivos, a cada decisão do "Big Brother", determinando a mudança de cada verdade oficial. O lema do partido diz: "Quem controla o passado controla o futuro: quem controla o presente controla o passado". Mas Smith se assusta com a onipresença do "Big Brother", sempre atento e invasivo, e com a "Polícia do Pensamento", que pune pensamentos antagônicos ao Partido. A inevitabilidade da tragédia permeia o enredo. Pouco a pouco, Smith se torna um subversivo. O livro descreve uma distopia angustiante. A melhor ficção científica costuma ser aquela que fala do futuro referindo-se alegoricamente ao presente. As ameaças de um Big Brother estão aí mesmo. Haja vista o movimento globalista. Haja vista o movimento pró Califado globalizado, via Estado Islâmico. Haja vista a eterna vocação totalitária de esquerdopatas e politicamente-corretos. ( )
  jgcorrea | Apr 24, 2015 |
1984 is a fantastic political novel portraying a perfect totalitarian society - fundamentally, a thoughtless and ambitionless herd of sheep. The book is divided into three parts, the first of which I enjoyed the most. The inner struggle of Winston Smith is something every person can relate to, since our world is not free of the overexaggerated Big Brother's control over society. Control of information, language as a means of control, as well as degradation of people are some of the things modern society lives with every day. News are being sold, not delivered, and there is never a guarantee that what we are told is actually the truth.

Most of all, I liked the idea of Newspeak - the official language of Oceania - that becomes poorer, instead of richer, with every year. Why do we need a number of synonyms for the word good, if we can say ungood or plus good? The less words there are in a language, the less people are able to put their thoughts into words, until the thought process becomes impossible to put into existing words and disappears completely, which is the main goal of the Government.

The end was called for and expected, and shows the brutality of life and human nature, the strength of that survival instinct of ours. It is all good and nice to think that love conquers all and feel like you stand on moral high ground, yet that works only with common everyday struggles. When out-of-the-ordinary things happen, and one endures physical pain and psychological torture, love and loyalty become redundant, unfortunatelly, and human beings become scared of what they are really capable of. ( )
  v_allery | Apr 19, 2015 |
This almost got four stars (for its literary quality). I did get sucked into the characters and their story. Some parts of the story were truly gripping and dramatic. I had tried to second guess the author; thinking I had guessed what he would write next. And yet, my guesses didn't pan out and I found myself genuinely surprised by some of the plot twists.

But in the end, the author demonstrated a lack of understanding of human nature and an utter rejection of humanism. I understand that this is merely a work of fiction but to couch human qualities strictly in the context of war and fear and betrayal is really very short-sighted.

On a side note (and here comes the SPOILER ALERT), I was pleased that the author did not choose a V for Vendetta type of twist. If the resistance were real and had been actually capable of tormenting and defiling their own members, they would not be worthy of replacing the existing party; because they would be yet another facist state and should then be also opposed.

This was the very thing I hated about the Hunger Games trilogy. And in the vein of that series, I will say that this book shares with those that humans had truly been reduced to the basest of cowards. It was hard to identify with Winston Smith when he never displayed values or traits worthy of humans. There was a scene where the author held Winston up to himself in the mirror as an example of the last human on Earth. That was a straw man of the highest order. ( )
  jimocracy | Apr 18, 2015 |
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Most novels about an imaginary world (e.g., Gulliver's Travels, Erewhon) have as their central character, or interpreter, a man who somehow strays out of the author's own times and finds himself in a world he never made. But Orwell, like Aldous Huxley in Brave New World, builds his nightmare of tomorrow on foundations that are firmly laid today. He needs no contemporary spokesman to explain and interpret — for the simple reason that any reader in 1949 can uneasily see his own shattered features in Winston Smith, can scent in the world of 1984 a stench that is already familiar.
added by Shortride | editTime (Jun 20, 1949)
"Nineteen Eighty-Four" is not impressive as a novel about particular human beings. Its account of life thirty-five years hence has little fanciful or gadgety interest. But as a prophecy and a warning it is superb. The ultimate degradation of a totalitarian sates is here portrayed with repulsive power.
added by Shortride | editThe New York Times, Orville Prescott (pay site) (Jun 13, 1949)
It is probable that no other work of this generation has made us desire freedom more earnestly or loathe tyranny with such fullness...the terrific, long crescendo and the quick decrescendo that George Orwell has made of this struggle for survival and the final extinction of a personality.
added by Shortride | editThe New York Times Book Review, Mark Schorer (pay site) (Jun 12, 1949)

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Orwell, Georgeprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baldini, GabrieleTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Chiaruttini, AldoContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Davids, TinkeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eco, UmbertoIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fromm, ErichAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Holmberg, NilsTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jacoby, MelissaCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kool, Halbo C.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Prebble, SimonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sutton, HumphreyCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Talvitie, OivaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vos, PeterIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.
"Freedom is the freedom to know that two plus two make four."
Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.
"In philosophy, or religion, or ethics, or politics, two plus two might make five, but when one was designing a fun or an airplane they had to make four."
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"George 1984 Orwell" is a cataloging error for 1984 by George Orwell.
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Published in 1949, it is set in the eponymous year and focuses on a repressive, totalitarian regime. Orwell elaborates on how a massive oligarchial collectivist society such as the one described in Nineteen Eighty-Four would be able to repress any long-lived dissent. The story follows the life of one seemingly insignificant man, Winston Smith, a civil servant assigned the task of perpetuating the regime's propaganda by falsifying records and political literature. Smith grows disillusioned with his meagre existence and so begins a rebellion against the system that leads to his arrest and torture.
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The hero battles
A government dance of words.
"++good, Comrade."


Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0451524934, Mass Market Paperback)

Among the seminal texts of the 20th century, Nineteen Eighty-Four is a rare work that grows more haunting as its futuristic purgatory becomes more real. Published in 1949, the book offers political satirist George Orwell's nightmare vision of a totalitarian, bureaucratic world and one poor stiff's attempt to find individuality. The brilliance of the novel is Orwell's prescience of modern life--the ubiquity of television, the distortion of the language--and his ability to construct such a thorough version of hell. Required reading for students since it was published, it ranks among the most terrifying novels ever written.

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Portrays life in a future time when a totalitarian government watches over all citizens and directs all activities.

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