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Nineteen Eighty-Four (original 1949; edition 2003)

by George Orwell, Erich Fromm (Afterword), Thomas Pynchon (Foreword), Daniel Lagin (Designer)

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Title:Nineteen Eighty-Four
Authors:George Orwell
Other authors:Erich Fromm (Afterword), Thomas Pynchon (Foreword), Daniel Lagin (Designer)
Info:Plume (2003), Paperback, 368 pages
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Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell (1949)

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    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.
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    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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    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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The book is beautifully written, has a thrilling story line and a certain geek factor. The grim picture of total surveillance, censorship and thought control is scary at times, when you draw parallels to the reality.

A must read as a great story, as a warning, and as a common reference point in cultural background. ( )
  valdanylchuk | Aug 26, 2015 |
1984 and Animal Farm are my favorite books of all time;I reread them often. Both novels profoundly impacted my life. I believe I decided after reading this and Animal Farm that socialism is impossible due to irrepressible human nature. I remember being freaked out the first time I read this, realizing how fragile we really are and how easily we can be victimized and controlled, even when we believe we have an iron will. We all have a breaking point. This book forced me to consider mine.... I don't have any fear of Orwell's world becoming reality, but I am prompted by Orwell to be on alert for any signs of overt attempt by the government to pry into my business; I cherish my privacy more than before.


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  engpunk77 | Aug 14, 2015 |
I don't know how I made it through my whole education without reading any Orwell, but somehow I did. I'm glad I finally read this book, I feel more well rounded. I liked the beginning, but got a little bored and annoyed with the end. ( )
  klburnside | Aug 11, 2015 |
I did not like the book. By the end, books are suppose to give hope that everything is alright, however this book ends grimly. And I felt the torture part of the book dragged on for too long. ( )
  bookbub | Jul 31, 2015 |
George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four is a classic dystopian novel set in an alternative universe where the government, known as the Party, sees everyone and controls everything. The world is constantly at war, the public is continuously surveillanced through telescreens and any thoughts against the Party or its system is a crime. The protagonist, Winston Smith, is responsible for “rectifying” printed media in order to compliment the Party’s current policies, but secretly wishes to rebel against them and their leader, Big Brother.

I’ve obviously read this long after it was published and set. However, despite its premise now being somewhat common amongst the array of modern young adult dystopias, I couldn’t help but find the world quite fascinating. Orwell’s description of the story’s universe is done in such a detailed manner that one can easily picture the dark, dreary dominion in which Winston resides in. Everything seems hopeless, yet Winston’s outlook on the situation makes you think that maybe rebellion is possible.

The novel touches on many political and philosophical issues from freedom of speech to the human psyche. Most concepts are taken to the extreme and while they aren’t too frightening in terms of their alikeness, there is a certain uneasiness that comes from reading about “memory holes” and “doublethink”. Winston’s thoughts on the matters at hand gives readers important insights on the themes brought about in the book.

I feel like this novel would have been a lot more frightening a few decades ago. The extremity of it sometimes made it hard for me to empathise with the action, and the characters weren’t the most fleshed-out ones I’ve ever seen. That doesn’t however distract it too much from the main point that I believe Orwell is trying to get across.

Overall, Nineteen Eighty-Four is a chilling look at the world at its worst and tackles issues that have lived on far beyond its time. ( )
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Londres, 1984: Winston Smith decide rebelarse ante un gobierno totalitario que controla cada uno de los movimientos de sus ciudadanos y castiga incluso a aquellos que delinquen con el pensamiento. Consciente de las terribles consecuencias que puede acarrear la disidencia, Winston se une a la ambigua Hermandad por mediación del líder O’'Brien. Paulatinamente, sin embargo, nuestro protagonista va comprendiendo que ni la Hermandad ni O'’Brien son lo que aparentan, y que la rebelión, al cabo, quizá sea un objetivo inalcanzable. Por su magnífico análisis del poder y de las relaciones y dependencias que crea en los individuos, 1984 es una de las novelas más inquietantes y atractivas de este siglo.
added by Pakoniet | editLecturalia
 
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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