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1984 by George Orwell
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1984 (1949)

by George Orwell, Alan M. Clark, Frank Kelly Freas

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60,4649749 (4.24)1728
  1. 876
    Animal Farm by George Orwell (JGKC, haraldo)
  2. 802
    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)
  3. 726
    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. 381
    The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (citygirl, cflorente, wosret, norabelle414, readingwolverine)
  5. 382
    A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (wosret, Anonymous user)
  6. 271
    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. 3913
    Lord of the Flies by William Golding (vegetarianflautist, avid_reader25)
  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. 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.
  13. 91
    Brave New World Revisited by Aldous Huxley (pyrocow)
  14. 80
    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.
  15. 92
    Little Brother by Cory Doctorow (infiniteletters, suzanney, JFDR)
    JFDR: 1984's Big Brother is Little Brother's namesake.
  16. 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.
  17. 40
    Heart of a Dog by Mikhail Bulgakov (BGP)
  18. 40
    The Machine Stops by E. M. Forster (artturnerjr)
    artturnerjr: If you read only one other dystopian SF story, make it this one.
  19. 30
    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)
  20. 41
    The Circle by Dave Eggers (JuliaMaria)

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  Starla_Aurora | Oct 29, 2018 |
I finally decided to read this classic because everyone seem to have read it but me. Of course I knew most of the story (I have seen the movie) and heard the term "Orwellian", so I didn't expect a joy ride. However, I did expect a novel - but what I got was more like a philosophical treatise about a totalitarian regime whose objective is power for the sake of power and whose means to achieve that are the controlling of thought. Through thought, the past can be altered and the past is never altered - this is doublethink.

Orwell's interest lies in the description of the regime and its methods. The first part depicts the typical life of an Outer Party member; the second contrasts this to the possibility of a "normal" life and relationship with another person, how this can make even this life tolerable; the third chronicles the destruction of everything they hold dear and learn the utter self-serving nature of everything done by the Party and its members.

This is an important piece of literature to read, the seed of all dystopian literature, every novel and movie about thought-control and mind-torture made since. It is clearly based on Nazism and Stalinism, but taken further and stripped from their contexts.

The book is devoted to depicting and analyzing the perversion and the fascinating perfection of the concept of a mind-controlled society. It has very little character development or plot. The writing is plain and I found myself bored quite often - and more interested in analyzing its relevance in the context of its time and its influence than relating to it on its own merit. Thus the three stars - important but dated. ( )
  Gezemice | Oct 29, 2018 |
Hauntingly accurate portrait of how societies, to include ours in America, slide into a mentality that BIG Government is worth the loss of freedom that the common man receives. Orwell makes the subject compelling, personalizes it with characters with whom we can identify and brings his vision to a conclusion that you will have to read to understand for yourself. Recommend this book to anyone who will take the time and has a concern about where the all powerful government/corporate complex will take mankind if allowed to go unchecked. His warning deserves to be taken seriously, very seriously. This novel is terrifying and impossible to put down. ( )
  bookishblond | Oct 24, 2018 |
I'm not sure what took me so long to read this one. It was very good. There are a lot of parallels between concepts like "double think," "crime stop," and "thought crime," and the what can be seen in the world today. If facts go against someone's political beliefs, they will often just twist, distort, or deny the facts just as the characters in 1984 would say they have "always been at war with Oceania." This makes the book continue to be poignant and relevant to the twenty-first century reader, and it will probably still be poignant in the thirty-first century. A lot of this is just human nature that the Orwell exposes for us to consider. ( )
  fuzzy_patters | Oct 16, 2018 |
A well aclaimed story on censorship I can not say I was disappointed, although I would not consider this book to be a favorite. The ideas were enough to make me grateful for every ounce of privacy, however little that may actually be. An ending eerily close to the nature of human kind we all idealize as something we can outgrow, fear.
  mitzee333 | Oct 5, 2018 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Orwell, Georgeprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Clark, Alan M.main authorall editionsconfirmed
Freas, Frank Kellymain authorall editionsconfirmed
Dean, MikeRetold bymain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Audiberti, AmélieTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Baldini, GabrieleTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Chiaruttini, AldoContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Davids, TinkeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Facetti, GermanoCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Frank Kelly freasIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fromm, ErichAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Holmberg, NilsTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jacoby, MelissaCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kool, Halbo C.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pimlott, BenIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Prebble, SimonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pynchon, ThomasForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Qoserî, Salih AgirTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Talvitie, OivaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vos, PeterIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wagenseil, KurtTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Walter, MichaelTranslatorsecondary 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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L'azione si svolge in un futuro prossimo del mondo (l'anno 1984) in cui il potere si concentra in tre immensi superstati: Oceania, Eurasia ed Estasia. Al vertice del potere politico in Oceania c'è il Grande Fratello, onnisciente e infallibile, che nessuno ha visto di persona ma di cui ovunque sono visibili grandi manifesti. Il Ministero della Verità, nel quale lavora il personaggio principale, Smith, ha il compito di censurare libri e giornali non in linea con la politica ufficiale, di alterare la storia e di ridurre le possibilità espressive della lingua. Per quanto sia tenuto sotto controllo da telecamere, Smith comincia a condurre un'esistenza "sovversiva". Scritto nel 1949, il libro è considerato una delle più lucide rappresentazioni del totalitarismo.
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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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