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Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949)

by George Orwell

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  1. 795
    Animal Farm by George Orwell (JGKC, haraldo)
  2. 681
    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. 617
    Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (readafew, hipdeep, Booksloth, RosyLibrarian, moietmoi, haraldo)
    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?
  4. 361
    A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (wosret, Anonymous user)
  5. 341
    The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (citygirl, cflorente, wosret, norabelle414, readingwolverine)
  6. 261
    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.
  7. 3411
    Lord of the Flies by William Golding (vegetarianflautist, avid_reader25)
  8. 161
    V for Vendetta by Alan Moore (aethercowboy)
    aethercowboy: The world of V for Vendetta is very reminiscent of the world of 1984.
  9. 194
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey (readerbabe1984)
  10. 175
    The Giver by Lois Lowry (cflorente, readerbabe1984)
  11. 101
    Brave New World Revisited by Aldous Huxley (pyrocow)
  12. 91
    Little Brother by Cory Doctorow (infiniteletters, suzanney, JFDR)
    JFDR: 1984's Big Brother is Little Brother's namesake.
  13. 70
    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. 81
    Kallocain by Karin Boye (andejons)
    andejons: The totalitarian state works very similar in both books, but the control in Kallocain seems more plausible, which makes it more frightening.
  15. 72
    Brave New World & Brave New World Revisited by Aldous Huxley (thebookpile)
  16. 50
    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.
  17. 85
    Panopticon; or, The inspection-house by Jeremy Bentham (bertilak)
  18. 41
    This Perfect Day by Ira Levin (MMSequeira)
    MMSequeira: Another interesting attempt at a plausible history of the future. Definitely worth reading.
  19. 30
    The Machine Stops by E. M. Forster (artturnerjr)
    artturnerjr: If you read only one other dystopian SF story, make it this one.
  20. 52
    The Managerial Revolution: What is Happening in the World by James Burnham (one-horse.library)
    one-horse.library: Orwell wrote 1984 as a reaction to Burnham, who argued that the communism of the USSR was no different than the capitalism of the USA; both were faceless technocratic organizations running society on a scale that beggars the human experience.… (more)

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"Nineteen Eighty-Four" is one of the most depressing novels I have ever read. Written in 1949, Orwell depicts an eerie dystopian future - a grotesque totalitarian government modeled by Stalin’s brutal control over Russia. Just imagine if Stalin had obtained use of the technology available today - the ability to monitor the activities of everyone, the ability to control everyone’s actions and their thoughts. That is what Oceania’s all powerful Big Brother does in "Nineteen Eighty-Four".

Throughout the book are examples of Big Brother’s extreme social and cultural manipulation with brainwashing tactics that strangely parallel the moderate techniques used in our own culture today… like the fact that if the media tells the general public something enough times - even if it is not true - the public eventually becomes complacent and begins to believe it. And when rational people resist being brainwashed and insist on maintaining their own traditional beliefs, they are labeled as having a phobia or uneducated attitude. Forced mediocrity. Forced conformity. Forced unwarranted compassion. And forced acceptance of an amoral society.

And now in 2014, advancements in technology allow surveillance even in the United States as George Orwell only dreamed about. From cell phones that provide a person’s exact location to recording of phone calls for some future government use. And electrical “smart” meters that monitor activities in private residences. Then compare the philosophy of Orwell’s government-inspired language called “newspeak” where words are condensed (ie. texting), language is simplified to eventually diminish human thought and analytical reflection for the purpose of reducing personal intelligence and inducing controlled thinking. After several generations in Orwell’s book, no one remembered the original vocabulary. It became a world of primitive communication. Intentional “dumbing down.” U no what I mean?

In "Nineteen Eighty-Four", books no longer exist. Has anyone wondered where at this very moment is that book cloud? What if the cloud bursts? Where are the books then? Welcome to the “kinder gentler” reality of George Orwell’s imaginary new world order.

But that is not even the worst of the novel. The model for a good life was love and loyalty only to Big Brother. It was a world where there was absolutely zero trust of another human being. No loyalty, no love, no emotional attachment at all. A cold lonely detached life. A life where all activities... marriage, education, job, children, and social life are determined by the government. A life where nonconformity was a real detriment to ones well being, a life where agreeing with the policies of Big Brother was a matter of life and death.

In the 1960’s this book was already a classic… a novel filled with outrageous scenarios of technological advancement and government surveillance. At that time, this dystopian novel was beyond the comprehension of a society that had not yet reached the computer age. George Orwell was far-sighted beyond belief. But the unimaginable of 65 years ago is the not-so-hard to believe today.

"Nineteen Eighty-Four" holds the number 13 spot on the Modern Library list of the best 100 novels of all time, and rightly so. It is a genuine classic for yesterday, today, and the future. ( )
  LadyLo | Oct 17, 2014 |
Amazingly written by Orwell about a dystopian London without free will and a survelliance society that has inspired many writers and movie directors. ( )
  Markthenils | Sep 16, 2014 |
A classic that imagines a world taken over by the infamous "Big Brother", who uses technology to control every aspect of Winston's life. Winston is the protagonist, and I say that in the loosest meaning of the term possible. To truly understand whether he wins his rebellion or not, read the book. ( )
  Rosenstern | Sep 14, 2014 |
Most serious case of 'I missed the kool aid' ever in my little literary experience. Whereas I can definitely understand the hype surrounding it, I wasn't engaged in the reading of George Orwell's CLASSIC DYSTOPIAN novel.
1984 is set in, you know... 1984 (or so our main character believes) and in a world I wouldn't ever want to live in. Their slogan is:
War is Peace
Freedom is Slavery
Ignorance is Strenght


There are organisations like the thought police who filtrer your thoughts and hate hours at work and you are followed by the government at all times, to prevent rebellion. Our main character Winston starts having double thoughts about the environment he's into, and decides to open up a diary, which, by itself, is already illegal. His urge to stop himself from thinking such awful things is described but all his attempts failed and he was now considered a radical - only in disguise, because no one was into him. No one could be into him.

The story unrolls from then and whilst it is interesting to see such a different atmosphere from our own, at bits I found myself bored about what I was reading about, as if something was missing. I don't mind admitting I know nothing about politics - I am actually hoping to start reading more about it soon, though - and maybe that is the reason this wasn't as enjoyable to me as I expected.

Still, it is definitely worth checking out and I'll probably be picking this up again in a few years. ( )
  sarafwilliams | Sep 13, 2014 |
Most serious case of 'I missed the kool aid' ever in my little literary experience. Whereas I can definitely understand the hype surrounding it, I wasn't engaged in the reading of George Orwell's CLASSIC DYSTOPIAN novel.
1984 is set in, you know... 1984 (or so our main character believes) and in a world I wouldn't ever want to live in. Their slogan is:
War is Peace
Freedom is Slavery
Ignorance is Strenght


There are organisations like the thought police who filtrer your thoughts and hate hours at work and you are followed by the government at all times, to prevent rebellion. Our main character Winston starts having double thoughts about the environment he's into, and decides to open up a diary, which, by itself, is already illegal. His urge to stop himself from thinking such awful things is described but all his attempts failed and he was now considered a radical - only in disguise, because no one was into him. No one could be into him.

The story unrolls from then and whilst it is interesting to see such a different atmosphere from our own, at bits I found myself bored about what I was reading about, as if something was missing. I don't mind admitting I know nothing about politics - I am actually hoping to start reading more about it soon, though - and maybe that is the reason this wasn't as enjoyable to me as I expected.

Still, it is definitely worth checking out and I'll probably be picking this up again in a few years. ( )
  sarafwilliams | Sep 13, 2014 |
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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
Warburton, ThomasTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.
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"BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU."
"WAR IS PEACE. SLAVERY IS FREEDOM. IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH."
"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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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."

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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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