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Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949)

by George ORWELL

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71,66911639 (4.23)1 / 1894
"Nineteen Eighty-Four" revealed George Orwell as one of the twentieth century's greatest mythmakers. While the totalitarian system that provoked him into writing it has since passed into oblivion, his harrowing cautionary tale of a man trapped in a political nightmare has had the opposite fate: its relevance and power to disturb our complacency seem to grow decade by decade. In Winston Smith's desperate struggle to free himself from an all-encompassing, malevolent state, Orwell zeroed in on tendencies apparent in every modern society, and made vivid the universal predicament of the individual.… (more)
  1. 822
    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)
  2. 877
    Animal Farm by George Orwell (JGKC, haraldo)
  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. 401
    The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (citygirl, cflorente, wosret, norabelle414, readingwolverine)
  5. 382
    A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (wosret, Anonymous user)
  6. 4013
    Lord of the Flies by William Golding (vegetarianflautist, avid_reader25)
  7. 282
    We: A Novel 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. 235
    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. 206
    The Giver by Lois Lowry (cflorente, readerbabe1984)
  11. 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.
  12. 112
    Brave New World & Brave New World Revisited by Aldous Huxley (thebookpile)
  13. 101
    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. 91
    Brave New World Revisited by Aldous Huxley (pyrocow)
  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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A fascinating read why intellectual freedom and good living conditions are impossible under a dictatorship. ( )
  Pxan02 | May 14, 2022 |
This is scary because it resembles our present. ( )
  tonimeter | May 13, 2022 |
A tough book that no one should be obligated to read, but would be nice if they do. It's less like fiction for me and more like a thought experiment, a glimpse into a future we might have if we're not careful. ( )
  kahell | May 4, 2022 |
This book is not simple nor it has an amazing story. For me, it has an interesting message and I wanted to know what the writer wanted to say and not how the story will progress. I know that this story is an extreme example but there are a lot of connections between our world and Orwell's world.
I recommend this to those who like complex reading, also to those who enjoy a good book about social and governmental manipulation. ( )
  Hanna_Rybchynska | Apr 29, 2022 |
Orwell lýsir hér dystópisku framtíðarsamfélagi þar sem ríkið ræður öllu í lífi þegnanna eftir að kjarnorkustyrjaldir höfðu skekið jarðarkringluna og nú voru fá sameinuð stórveldi á jörðinni sem áttu í stöðugum ófriði sín á milli.
Sagan lýsir lífi Winstons Smith sem vinnur í Sannleiksráðuneytinu sem sér um endurskoðun sögulegs sannleika og áróðurs. Þar sem ríkið stjórnar öllum fjölmiðlum er farið reglulega yfir allar eldri fréttir og þeim breytt til að þær henti betur nútímanum. Gagnrýnin hugsun er ekki leyfð, slíkt er Hugarglæpur, og fylgst er vandlega með vísbendingum um slíkt hjá þegnunum. Ríkið þróar líka og breytir tungumálinu sem heitir Newspeak svo það henti sjónarmiðum þess, nokkuð sem minnir óneitanlega á meðferð núverandi ríkisstjórnar á íslenskri tungu.
Í sögunni kynnist Smith Júlíu og á með henni ástarsamband sem er óásættanlegt að mati ríkisins. Á endanum eru þau gripin og þá hefst endurhæfing Smiths undir eftirliti O'Briens fyrir ríkið.
Bókin hefur fengið fjölda verðlauna og er talin með áhrifaríkustu og bestu ritum síðustu aldar. Mörg orð og hugtök sögunnar hafa fest sig í almennri notkun s.s. Big Brother, doublethink, thoughtcrime, Newspeak, Room 101, Telescreen, 2 2 = 5, og memory hole hafa fest sig í sessi auk þess sem talað er gjarnan um Orwelliansamfélag.
Ákaflega eftirminnileg saga og með þeim betri sem ég hef lesið.
Sagan var kvikmynduð 1984 undir leikstjórn Michaels Radfords og skartaði þeim John Hurt sem Smith, Richard Burton í hlutverki O'Briens og Suzönnu Hamilton sem Júlíu. Þetta var síðasta hlutverk Burtons stuttu fyrir andlát hans og hann var orðinn svo máttfarinn að tökuliðið þurfti að lyfta höndum hans í yfirheyrsluatriði ef ég man rétt. Myndin fékk nokkur verðlaun á alþjóðavettvangi fyrir leik Hurts og Burtons, sem besta mynd og fleiri tilnefningar en þetta var ekki á hátíðum á borð við Óskarinn. ( )
  SkuliSael | Apr 28, 2022 |
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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.
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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"Nineteen Eighty-Four" revealed George Orwell as one of the twentieth century's greatest mythmakers. While the totalitarian system that provoked him into writing it has since passed into oblivion, his harrowing cautionary tale of a man trapped in a political nightmare has had the opposite fate: its relevance and power to disturb our complacency seem to grow decade by decade. In Winston Smith's desperate struggle to free himself from an all-encompassing, malevolent state, Orwell zeroed in on tendencies apparent in every modern society, and made vivid the universal predicament of the individual.

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Román 1984 je jedno z najznámejších diel svetovej literatúry. Spája v sebe prvky spoločensko-politického a vedecko-fantastického románu. Je obžalobou komunistickej diktatúry, ktorá roku 1984 ovládla všetko, vrátane ľudského myslenia. Román opisuje osudy čestného, citlivého a uvažujúceho jednotlivca (Winstona Smitha), ktorý sa vzoprie systému, za čo platí krutú daň. Orwell touto knihou už roku 1948 ponúkol víziu, ktorá sa neskôr stala realitou.
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6 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 014118776X, 1405807040, 0141036141, 0141191201, 0143566490, 0141391707


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