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1984 (original 1949; edition 1961)

by George Orwell (Author) Erich Fromm (Afterword)

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Member:Michael.Rooyackers
Title:1984
Authors:George Orwell (Author) Erich Fromm (Afterword)
Info:Signet Classics (1961), Paperback, 270 pages
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1984 by George Orwell (1949)

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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 his- 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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    A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (wosret, Anonymous user)
  5. 361
    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.
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  8. 202
    V for Vendetta by Alan Moore (aethercowboy)
    aethercowboy: The world of V for Vendetta is very reminiscent of the world of 1984.
  9. 224
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey (readerbabe1984)
  10. 216
    The Giver by Lois Lowry (cflorente, readerbabe1984)
  11. 91
    Brave New World Revisited by Aldous Huxley (pyrocow)
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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.
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  14. 92
    Little Brother by Cory Doctorow (infiniteletters, suzanney, JFDR)
    JFDR: 1984's Big Brother is Little Brother's namesake.
  15. 81
    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.
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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.
  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. 30
    Heart of a Dog by Mikhail Bulgakov (BGP)

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Wow! quite depressing outlook on the world. good read though. ( )
  jodiesohl | Jun 25, 2016 |
Extremely powerful. The scariest thing is that at first I thought the whole concept was entirely ridiculous, yet slowly, as Winston's own belief starts fading, so did mine.
  bartt95 | Jun 22, 2016 |
Unfortunately this turned out to be one of those classics I didn't enjoy as much as most of my fellow readers.

The story is a sobering, complex one - a future world where we are controlled to the letter of the law. Disturbing stuff. I don't believe we will ever live in a world exactly like this, but I can see the nods towards some of that direction. The merit of the book isn't to be rated by the realism, anyway, but by the vision and how well Orwell managed to write it.

The torture scenes at the end were long and unsettling. I'm sure that, like the men responsible said, anyone would have broken. There is a disturbing reality in that by itself. Whether controlled by torture, deception, trickery, or upbringing, the disturbing result is all the same. You end up hating the civilians as much as those in power.

It's not a government who is playing god - rather, it's a government who has shelved the notion of God and replaced him.

The story is a fascinating one, and the characters likeable enough - the issue for me was the pacing. I think Orwell took much too long in certain segments and build up. He took a main character who is dreary and beaten down (of course), but with a small spark of defiance. That small spark is why he's focused on, but will it be burned out?

The depressing story told through a defeated tone seemed to ramble on for a good section of the novel, making it hard to hold my interest for every section. And I do think of myself as a reader who is kind to slower-paced novels - my patience with books is generally high. This one didn't rub me right with it's execution.

That said, the political message, the frightening control, all of these make this a novel worth mentioning, reading, and remembering. I don't find it a work of art in literary style, but it is eerily creative, complex, and certainly deserves it's classic label. ( )
  ErinPaperbackstash | Jun 14, 2016 |
I read this when young, and tried to re-read it recently, and just couldn't get into it this time. I think I did better when I had guidance from a teacher. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
the first 2/3 of this book were incredible. i don't know how quickly i went through this book in my previous two readings, but this time i took it extremely slowly, and (until the last third of the book) found it both fascinating and near perfect. the last third was much tougher for me (i can't believe he included about 33 pages of a different book in here; i am not opposed to the book within a book thing, but that was too much, and almost all of it unnecessary in content for the story). i am impressed by what he did here, including his creation of newspeak (and the detail to which he dissects it in the appendix) and think it's a really interesting premise and warning. i'm left with trying to preserve that feeling, though, as i was less impressed with the last part of the book, which i was pretty disappointed with. although the very, very end (like the last paragraph or so) was nicely satisfactory.

"How could you communicate with the future? It was of its nature impossible. Either the future would resemble the present, in which case it would not listen to him, or it would be different from it, and his predicament would be meaningless."

"In the end the Party would announce that two and two made five, and you would have to believe it. It was inevitable that they should make that claim sooner or later: the logic of their position demanded it. ... And what was terrifying was not that they would kill you for thinking otherwise, but that they might be right. For, after all, how do we know that two and two make four? Or that the force of gravity works? Or that the past is unchangeable? If both the past and the external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind itself is controllable - what then?"

"...it was perfectly possible that O'Brien had really forgotten the photograph. And if so, then already he would have forgotten his denial of remembering it, and forgotten the act of forgetting."

"'We do not merely destroy our enemies, we change them.'"

(3.5 stars, brought down from 4.5 due to the last third)

from march 2011:

i enjoyed reading this directly after brave new world for the similarities and the differences. i also found it really interesting (not to shirk the meaning in the books of america being complicit) to read these with everything that is happening now in north africa and the middle east. populous uprising against oppressive regimes. this - and brave new world and the land of green plums - were all timely reads. (3 stars) ( )
  elisa.saphier | Jun 5, 2016 |
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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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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
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"++good, Comrade."

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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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