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1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four (original 1949; edition 1991)

by George Orwell (Author)

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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.… (more)
Title:1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four
Authors:George Orwell (Author)
Info:Penguin (1991), Edition: Reissue, 272 pages

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Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell (1949)

  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. 736
    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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My first book by Orwell. It was soooo good. Took so many notes and wrote down so many words to look up. There's so much to think about in this story. Looking forward to reading another book by this author. I feel forever changed as a result of reading 1984 as I continue to think about the world described and the main character in this story. Highly recommend everyone read this book. ( )
  MorrisonLibrary21512 | Aug 7, 2022 |
"One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now you begin to understand me.”
― George Orwell, 1984

Still the Gold Standard in Dystopian.

Loved it. We're living it. Are we not?

More to follow. ( )
  Thebeautifulsea | Aug 6, 2022 |
9/10. This book was absolutely mind-blowing. The descriptions of a totalitarian society along with explanations for how it is brought about and maintained were chillingly accurate. After I had finished this, the only thought in my mind was " What did I just read? I need to sit down and think." The only miss for me though was the lack of depth in the characters of the book. The message of the book, however, was on point. ( )
  curiouskt | Jul 25, 2022 |
Fantastic. I've read it before, of course, but not in a couple of years and you do forget the details. In fact, I forgot some entire chapters. Orwell remains as pithy and as politically sharp as ever ( )
  KatherineJaneWright | Jul 17, 2022 |
" الحرب هي السلام
الحرية هي العبودية
الجهل هو القوة "

هذا هو كان شعار الحزب الصادم وهذا ما تعرضه الرواية فالتحذير واجب لأصحاب الفكر

1984 هي رواية سوداوية، صادمه، مميته، ومهلكه للنفس، جاذبه للاكتئاب لكل من ينتظر الأمل في المستقبل
جورج أورويل يتوقع في هذه الرواية مصير العالم في عام 1984 ورغم أن هذا العام قد أتى وولى ولكن كل ما كل ما توقعه يحدث أو اقترب من الحدوث بشكل أو بأخر، ومازالت الرواية تحجز مكانها الخاص لتميزها بقالب أدبي مميز يستعرض المستقبل السودوى، وحتى اليوم يستمر الاقتباس من نفس القالب في استعراض المستقبل سواء في القصص الأدبية، الأفلام، والمسلسلات التلفزيونية.
تدور الأحداث حول ونستون سميث عضو الحزب الخارجي -الطبقة المتوسطة- وهو يحاول أن يتعايش مع العالم الجديد ورغم أنه وًلد في بدايات ذلك العصر ولكنه بدأ في أن يسأل، بدء أن يفكر، وهذه جريمة عظمى في ذلك الوقت، بدأ يشكك في كل ما حوله، يستنكر كل شيء ويثور بهدوء داخليا ضد الحزب الحاكم والأخ الكبير الذي شكك في وجوده من الأساس، يبدأ ونستون بكتابه مذاكرته بسريه تامه أملا في أن يصف ذلك العصر الذي يعيش فيه لا بناء المستقبل البعيد السعيد -إن كان هنالك واحدا-. ونبدأ أن نتعرف بروتين يومه المعتاد بين العمل الطويل وشكل البشر وتعاملهم في ذلك الوقت، وشاشات الرصد التي تسكن كل بيت راغما الكل على الاستماع إليها وفي نفس الوقت تراقبلك 24 ساعة في اليوم وتسمع كل همساتك حتى وأنت نائم، فالحزب يسيطر عليك -والأخ الكبير يراقبك -، والأطفال أصبحوا في منظمات جاسوسيه تراقب أهلها فيصبحون اكبر مناصرين للحزب: التاريخ يزور، كل الحقائق تتبدل. يقول الحزب أن 2 2=5 والجميع سيتقبلها كحقيقة ثابتة.

عناصر تميز الرواية

1- طريقة السرد

جورج أورويل أسلوب سرده المميز ينقلك بين وصف العالم ومعاناة الناس ورضا بعضهم ومشاعر ونستون ووصف حياته وشخصيته بطريقه
سلسة وممتعة، لا يعيبه إلى تسلسل وصفي كبير تم بشكل مزعج لإدخال راي الكاتب بشكل مبالغ لأنه فقط يريد أن -يدفع دفعًا- رأيه "التفصيلي" النقدي بشكل ما، ولا أنكر أن ذلك تم وضعه في شكل يظهر أنه بين أحداث الراوية ولكنه لم يتم استغلاله بشكل صحيح، وتقدم الأحداث البطيء الهادئ كان هو الأنسب في عالم كل شيء فيه بحسبان، وكل حركة تحت المراقبة، فكل شيء يحدث بهدوء تام حتى النهاية وتفجر الأحداث ليحدث ما هو كان متوقع من البداية ولكن بشكل غير متوقع على الإطلاق

2- القصة

قصة جاذبة، ممتعة وشيقة.
فمنذ معرفتك بمحتوها العام وإلى بداية تعرفك على ذلك العالم السودوي لن تستطيع مقاومة معرفة المزيد والمزيد والاستمرار مع الأحداث حتى تكتشف ما. سيحدث في النهاية


3- الشخصيات

"الشيء الوحيد الذي شعرت أنه كان ينقص الرواية كانت الشخصيات، إن سألتني كم شخصية رئيسية من الممكن أن أرد ثلاث شخصيات
وإن سألتني عن الشخصيات الفرعية سأقول إنه هنالك عددا لا بأس به. ولكن عندما تسأل ما الفارق بينهم في تلك الرواية، لن أستطيع أن أجد إجابة محددة... الشخصيات التي تعتبر رئيسية في الأحداث أحدهما ظهرت مع نهاية الأحداث، أما الآخرين لم تظهر جميع جوانبهم بشكل كامل سوي في تسلسل النهاية مع وصف أكثر بقليل من الشخصيات الفرعية، تصبح الشخصية فجأة جزء من القصة، وإن كنت سأقبل الأمر لو كان القصة بشخصيه ونستون فقط ولكن الشخصيات التي أتحدث عنها أخذت مساحة من القصة بشكل لا ينم عن أن ونستون وحده كان الشخصية الوحيدة وكل شيء يحدث يقابل أحداث حياته في ذلك الوقت، ولكن أرغمنا جورج أورويل على إدخال شخصيات أخرى معنا بشكل مفاجئ ومربك، أربكني وأزعجني في بدايته. ( )
  JforJimmy | Jul 12, 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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