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1984 by George Orwell
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1984 (original 1949; edition 1994)

by George Orwell, Herbert W. Franke (Nachwort), Michael Walter (Übersetzer)

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Portrays life in a future time when a totalitarian government watches over all citizens and directs all activities.
Member:schmechi
Title:1984
Authors:George Orwell
Other authors:Herbert W. Franke (Nachwort), Michael Walter (Übersetzer)
Info:Ullstein Tb (1994), Ausgabe: Ozeanische Bibliothek, Broschiert, 320 Seiten
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:Dystopie, Faschismus, Totalitarismus, Stalinismus, Geheimdienst, Überwachungsstaat

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1984 by George Orwell (Author) (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)
  4. 391
    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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    Lord of the Flies by William Golding (vegetarianflautist, avid_reader25)
  7. 272
    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.
  8. 224
    One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey (readerbabe1984)
  9. 192
    V for Vendetta by Alan Moore (aethercowboy)
    aethercowboy: The world of V for Vendetta is very reminiscent of the world of 1984.
  10. 216
    The Giver by Lois Lowry (cflorente, readerbabe1984)
  11. 111
    Brave New World & Brave New World Revisited by Aldous Huxley (thebookpile)
  12. 90
    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.
  16. 40
    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.
  18. 40
    Heart of a Dog by Mikhail Bulgakov (BGP)
  19. 40
    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.
  20. 74
    Panopticon; or, The inspection-house by Jeremy Bentham (bertilak)

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Name: 1984
Author: George Orwell
Genre: Dystopian, World, Psychology
Age: 13
Rating:5/5
Summary:
WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH
Set up in a dystopian world after 1945. The world has been separated into three countries, who are constantly at war with each other. The "Party" takes full control over most of the world's population. Individualism and independent thinking are banned, everyone is manipulated and under constant surveillance - "Big Brother" is watching them.
"Who controls the past, controls the future: who controls the present, controls the past."
The politics and psychology of 1984 is very deep. The members of the " Party" use brutual force and controls minds of people to make sure individuals are kept in line. Anyone who tries to live their lives in their own way is labelled as a traitor and are brutally punished.
"Until they become concious, they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become concious."
The dystopian world of 1984 focuses on revealing the darker side of world, focusing on the consequences of letting someone control too much of our lives. It makes us feel anger of the protagonist, yet helpless at the same time. ( )
  Fatima_Anwar | Nov 30, 2020 |
I read this book in my AP English Lit class in high school, and we were all shocked! I've read and reread this book multiple times on my own since then because it is so thought provoking. If you love "The Handmaid's Tale," you will love this book as well! ( )
  allysonpuri | Nov 28, 2020 |
Hay muchos libros que se dicen imprescindibles, muchas listas de libros que leer en tu vida. Pero creo que este es EL libro. Si no lo has leido aun, no puedes hacer nada mejor con tu tiempo de lectura que leerlo.

Lo lei en mi adolescencia y cambió cómo veo el mundo. El libro es una distopia tan directa y cruel que obliga al lector a plantearse muchas cosas y ese es su gran poder.
Ademas presenta una sociedad con unas caracteristicas tan unicas que se quedan en la imaginacion. La influencia del libro en practicamente todo libro que trate sobre una distopia, en muchisimas peliculas e incluso uno de los mejores discos de David Bowie (Diamond Dogs) dan fe de que es un clasico necesario para comprender que somos y como pensamos.

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  trusmis | Nov 28, 2020 |
In this thrilling political/ social science novel, a utopian society is turned inside-out as a totalitarian institution rules everything consumed by the citizens. This book is eye-opening to the effects of dictatorships and shows the struggle to break the mold when everything you do is watched. A middle school class would enjoy the themes of censorship, love, despair, justice, and freedom (or lack, thereof). ( )
  Rmg058 | Nov 15, 2020 |
An amazing classic book for a book study ( )
  NJecmenek | Nov 12, 2020 |
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Orwell, GeorgeAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Audiberti, AmélieTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Baldini, GabrieleTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Chiaruttini, AldoContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Davids, TinkeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Davison, Peter HobleyIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Fromm, ErichAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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