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1984 (1949)

by George Orwell

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    Animal Farm by George Orwell (JGKC, haraldo)
  2. 812
    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. 716
    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
    A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (wosret, Anonymous user)
  5. 371
    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.
  7. 3713
    Lord of the Flies by William Golding (vegetarianflautist, avid_reader25)
  8. 224
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey (readerbabe1984)
  9. 193
    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. 112
    Brave New World & Brave New World Revisited by Aldous Huxley (thebookpile)
  12. 91
    Brave New World Revisited by Aldous Huxley (pyrocow)
  13. 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.
  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. 93
    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. 74
    Panopticon; or, The inspection-house by Jeremy Bentham (bertilak)
  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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Orwell's 1984 is extremely thought provoking and terrifying, and it deserves to be acclaimed as a great depiction of a dystopian, tyrannical government, but I don't necessarily think it should be considered a concrete classic, at least not in the way it is being treated in schools. The build up through Part I, specifically in the beginning, was excellent in terms of world-building and establishing a great atmosphere. Going into Part II was fine, and the questions naturally raised by the narrative were getting more and more interesting. Finally, in the second half of Part II their was the most pleasant part to me: our main character Winston reading Goldstein’s The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism. I felt like this was what I was reading for the entire time, the meat of the story. Maybe it is just my preferred style when it comes to reading political commentary, which leans more toward condensed nonfiction, but I thought that after this the book fell flat. Part II ends soon after, with an admittedly gripping cliffhanger for me. As the story attempts to round itself out and answer some questions in Part III, it seems oddly messy. The pacing throughout the story is mildly sporadic, but Part III is extremely turbulent. The ideas that Part III bring up aren't particularly boring, but I feel like they weren't new to the story and were more interesting in earlier dilemmas. 1984 will always be one of my favorites just because of the atmosphere and first two parts, but I still think it has very evident flaws that easily could have been fixed by probably just making it a bit shorter. ( )
  JacksonMinaj | Sep 17, 2017 |
nei giorni scorsi, per vari motivi, mi è successo di riflettere sulla stranezza di alcuni sogni.
sì, lo so che praticamente tutti i sogni sono strani...
però riflettevo sui sogni di quel genere intricatissimo... quelli che sembrano quasi dei film! ...dove succede di ritrovarsi invischiati in un problema grosso, e ci si cruccia, ed è inutile: non si trova soluzione.
poi una volta svegli, la mattina, quel sogno ci torna alla mente... e ci si rende conto che quell'enorme problema in realtà era davvero stupido, perché di facile soluzione o perché addirittura praticamente impossibile da realizzarsi.
che poi un'altra cosa strana che a volte succede nei sogni è quando gli stati d'animo non c'azzeccano proprio niente con quello che ci succede nel sogno: quasi sempre o troppo-troppo o troppo poco.
tipo:
anni fa ho sognato che mi svegliavo e in piedi accanto al mio letto c'erano mia mamma e mia nonna.
con dolcezza, sussurrando, come dispiaciute d'avermi svegliata, mi dicevano "stai tranquilla, non è niente" e "lo dobbiamo fare per il tuo bene" e una delle due aveva un'ascia in mano... dovevano tagliarmi la testa!
però io ero diciamo tranquilla, eh... cioè, per niente terrorizzata... appena un po' esasperata per l'assurdità della situazione, che cercavo di farle ragionare ma gnente, oh!
così, quando l'ascia stava per calare inevitabilmente sul mio collo, ho preferito risprofondare nel sonno.
fortuna che era solo un sogno!
ché ci tengo alla mia testa.

e fortuna che 1984 è solo un libro!
(ché ci tengo alla mia testa) ( )
  cry6379 | Sep 17, 2017 |
That was SO hard to get through for some reason. Overall I enjoyed it and glad I FINALLY read it! ( )
  khakimoose | Aug 24, 2017 |
Nineteen eighty-bore!

Should have been a lot shorter. ( )
  TenaciousDK | Aug 14, 2017 |
A frightening look at the dangers of total government control, the loss of freedom of speech and thought, and the importance of continuing this discourse before it happens to us. Some might say it already has, but this book shows how terrible it really can be.

“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.”
― George Orwell, 1984

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  GovMarley | Aug 6, 2017 |
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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 meds 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.
 
The novel creates a world so plausible, so complete that to read it is to experience another world.
 
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.
 
"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 benvellani | editAllwriteessay.com (pay site) (Jun 12, 1949)
 

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Orwell, Georgeprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dean, MikeRetold bymain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Audiberti, AmélieTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Baldini, GabrieleTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Chiaruttini, AldoContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Davids, TinkeTranslatorsecondary 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
Talvitie, OivaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vos, PeterIllustratorsecondary 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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"George 1984 Orwell" is a cataloging error for 1984 by George Orwell.
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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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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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