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1984 by George Orwell
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1984 (original 1949; edition 1980)

by George Orwell

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Portrays life in a future time when a totalitarian government watches over all citizens and directs all activities.
Member:kpwerker
Title:1984
Authors:George Orwell
Info:New Amer Library (Mm) (1980), Paperback
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:classic, fiction

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Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell (1949)

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    Animal Farm by George Orwell (JGKC, haraldo)
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    Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (nathanm, chrisharpe, MinaKelly, li33ieg, haraldo, Ludi_Ling, Morteana, Waldstein)
    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.
    Waldstein: It's essential to read Huxley's and Orwell's books together. Both present the ultimate version of the totalitarian state, but there the similarities end. While Orwell argues in favour of hate and fear, Huxley suggests that pleasure and drugs would be far more effective as controlling forces. Who was the more prescient prophet? That's what every reader should decide for him- or herself.… (more)
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    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)
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    The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (citygirl, cflorente, wosret, norabelle414, readingwolverine)
  5. 372
    A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (wosret, Anonymous user)
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    We by Yevgeny Zamyatin (hippietrail, BGP, soylentgreen23, roby72, timoroso, MEStaton, Anonymous user, Sylak, humashaikh)
    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)
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    One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey (readerbabe1984)
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    V for Vendetta by Alan Moore (aethercowboy)
    aethercowboy: The world of V for Vendetta is very reminiscent of the world of 1984.
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    The Giver by Lois Lowry (cflorente, readerbabe1984)
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    Brave New World & Brave New World Revisited by Aldous Huxley (thebookpile)
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    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.
  13. 91
    Brave New World Revisited by Aldous Huxley (pyrocow)
  14. 91
    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.
  15. 102
    Little Brother by Cory Doctorow (infiniteletters, suzanney, JFDR)
    JFDR: 1984's Big Brother is Little Brother's namesake.
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    Swastika Night by Katharine Burdekin (Anonymous user)
    Anonymous user: Huxley and Zamyatin are practically the canon recommendations for this work, so much so that they hardly need to be mentioned, let alone mentioned again.. Therefore, let me instead recommend a lesser-known work that likewise influenced Orwell's work: Burdekin's dystopian future-history, Swastika Night… (more)
  17. 40
    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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    Heart of a Dog by Mikhail Bulgakov (BGP)
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    The Archivist's Story by Travis Holland (catherinestead)
    catherinestead: Two very powerful stories of what happens when a very small cog in the machine of a dictatorship decides not to turn anymore.
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    Panopticon; or, The inspection-house by Jeremy Bentham (bertilak)

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I first read this aged 14/15. I knew it was about the evils of commumism. No problems there- I'd never be a communist!
And read,again, a few more times...engrossing narrative with a message.
I had no great ambition to return to it till the past year. A book I'd merely thought an interesting illustration of Other Kinds of Govt suddenly felt horribly relevant to what I was experiencing under a Tory gov (that I voted in!)
It occurred to me repeatedly last year that the "pandemic" - a virus that seemed to vanish after a Spring spike...and seems to have taken on every FLU case in order to bump up its fear factor- could just be OUR version of the unremitting phony wars of 1984- staged to keep the herd occupied, united against a common foe and accepting of declining standards of living.
The fruity-voiced un-turnoffable telescreen, pumping out propaganda 24/7 seemed to have similarities to the dumbed down BBC news, which dwells only on death and warnings. Turn off the news...and every other show eagerly assures you "we're all socially distancing!" Go for a walk...and every hoardings is awash with fearporn : "look him in the eyes! stay home!"
Orwell's Big Brother has history continually rewritten so nohing the Party said can ever be wrong. The gov quickly pull any dissenting Youtube videos, or reports where their statements were later shown to be lies.
"Hate week" where the herd are urged to vent against the current enemy; one does look at the quite bile-filled columns on evil "anti-vaxers" and "covid deniers" who should all be put in concentration camps and see a bit of a similarity.
The telescreen and thought police watch Winston Smith's every move. Meanwhile we are pressed to be "track n traced"; your mobile maps your every move, they tell me (dont know- dont have one and ALWAYS lie on track n trace..)
The Party wear uniform - only(not face masks, admittedly). Relationships are pretty much banned. Going off on your own for a walk is -politically -dodgy.
And meanwhile the invention of Doublethink means you can simultaneously KNOW something is an utter lie, yet refuse to LET yourself know it. I observe the credulous, PC herd...intelligent folk, many of them, REFUSING to give any attention to quite reasonable comments, like "where has flu gone? MIGHT some of the covid cases be ...FLU?" You dont get a reasoned refutation of such thoughtcrimes...they shuffle off, wont meet your eye or say something profound like "youre a nutter. The gov SAID it's true." A more staggering concerted effort to NOT SEE what's happening I cannot imagine.
So this is not a review on Orwell's masterpiece (it's brutal, brilliant and highly relevant) but on WHY you should read it right now and ask what it has to say to YOU. ( (less) ( )
  starbox | Feb 22, 2021 |
The pacing of this story was too slow for my taste a good bit of the time. It seemed like it took ages to get through even though it is a pretty short book. On the positive side, this book is the epitome of dystopia and has a well thought out political system and society. ( )
  MaryEK | Feb 18, 2021 |
Can't say much that hasn't already been said. Classic dystopian literature. Somewhat relevant to current political climate (in that people are using the term "Orwellian" incorrectly) ( )
  renardkitsune | Feb 16, 2021 |
I'd forgotten how brutal the book is. I'm glad I read it as the kids and I were covering history of the late twentieth century, but it's definitely going to be a while before they tackle it. ( )
  mullinstreetzoo | Feb 12, 2021 |
I can understand the context in which the book was written, but to be honest I think it is extremely exaggerated and a bit paranoid.
Not a bad story though.
loved the new speak by the way, I wish every language would adopt this idea of removing redundant words and ambiguity. ( )
  tiagodll | Feb 8, 2021 |
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It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.
Winston Smith, his chin nuzzled into his breast in an effort to escape the vile wind, slipped quickly through the glass doors of Victory Mansions, though not quickly enough to prevent a swirl of gritty dust from entering along with him.
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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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Arguably the 20th-century's most famous novel, 1984 is a dystopian study of political tyranny, mind control, paranoia and secret mass surveillance.
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6 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

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