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Nineteen Eighty-Four: George Orwell (Penguin…

Nineteen Eighty-Four: George Orwell (Penguin Clothbound Classics) (original 1949; edition 2021)

by George Orwell (Author)

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81,15712629 (4.23)4 / 1983
Portrays life in a future time when a totalitarian government watches over all citizens and directs all activities.
Title:Nineteen Eighty-Four: George Orwell (Penguin Clothbound Classics)
Authors:George Orwell (Author)
Info:Penguin Classics (2021), Edition: 01, 368 pages
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1984 by George Orwell (1949)

  1. 852
    Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (nathanm, chrisharpe, MinaKelly, li33ieg, hpfilho, Ludi_Ling, Morteana, Anonymous user)
    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.
    Anonymous user: 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, hpfilho)
  3. 746
    Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (readafew, hipdeep, Booksloth, rosylibrarian, moietmoi, hpfilho, 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. 411
    The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (citygirl, cflorente, wosret, norabelle414, readingwolverine)
  5. 372
    A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (wosret, Anonymous user)
  6. 4114
    Lord of the Flies by William Golding (vegetarianflautist, avid_reader25)
  7. 292
    We 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. 225
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey (readerbabe1984)
  9. 182
    V for Vendetta by Alan Moore (aethercowboy)
    aethercowboy: The world of V for Vendetta is very reminiscent of the world of 1984.
  10. 207
    The Giver by Lois Lowry (cflorente, readerbabe1984)
  11. 122
    Brave New World & Brave New World Revisited by Aldous Huxley (thebookpile)
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 102
    Little Brother by Cory Doctorow (infiniteletters, suzanney, JFDR)
    JFDR: 1984's Big Brother is Little Brother's namesake.
  15. 40
    The Machine Stops by E. M. Forster (artturnerjr)
    artturnerjr: If you read only one other dystopian SF story, make it this one.
  16. 51
    The Circle by Dave Eggers (JuliaMaria)
  17. 40
    The Archivist's Story by Travis Holland (Eat_Read_Knit)
    Eat_Read_Knit: Two very powerful stories of what happens when a very small cog in the machine of a dictatorship decides not to turn anymore.
  18. 40
    Heart of a Dog by Mikhail Bulgakov (BGP)
  19. 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)
  20. 30
    Love Among the Ruins by Evelyn Waugh (KayCliff)

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Terrifying. On the surface, it seems like pure fiction and unrealistic, but even just a basic level of deeper thinking let's you see how real this future could become, how quickly our society could develop into this. Even more so now than when it was first written. With the Internet, smart phones and all the smart products around us, we essentially are being watched and listened to at all times, it is not a far leap to see how this could turn into a way to force compliance to societal or government demands. I think it is also terrifying to see how easily the party members accept it all, with little thought of upsetting the norms. It is easy to imagine groups today being swept into group hates and desire to see others punished, in many ways, we are already there. But today there are many more small groups of focused hate for many different people and subjects, if the hate became unified against only a few subjects, 1984 could easily become reality ( )
  Crystal199 | Feb 19, 2024 |
I had a hard time getting through this book, and ultimately didn't finish it. I got to around page 100 until I stopped reading it. I just couldn't get into Winstons POV and the way the book is written. Maybe in the future I will give it a new try, but as of now, it will most likely gather dust on my bookshelf. ( )
  swedishreader | Feb 1, 2024 |
Nice story, well written ( )
  TheOfficialShocker | Jan 31, 2024 |
“ᴡᴀʀ ɪꜱ ᴘᴇᴀᴄᴇ. ꜰʀᴇᴇᴅᴏᴍ ɪꜱ ꜱʟᴀᴠᴇʀʏ. ɪɢɴᴏʀᴀɴᴄᴇ ɪꜱ ꜱᴛʀᴇɴɢᴛʜ.”

Embora a história de Mil Novecentos e Oitenta e Quatro tenha lugar anos antes, é, em todos os sentidos, contemporânea.

O cenário é Londres, onde não tem havido novas habitações desde 1950 e onde os bairros pobres de toda a cidade são chamados de Victory Mansions.
A ciência abandonou a Pessoa pelo Estado. Como cada cidadão sabe demasiado bem, a guerra é paz.

Nada está longe de ser plausível. Estamos dentro desse mundo e aqui somos controlados pelos nossos governos. Muitas vezes de formas de que não estamos conscientes. Cartazes, campanhas de marketing e eventos políticos são todos concebidos para conseguirmos obter uma certa resposta e pensar de uma forma pretendida.
A lavagem ao cérebro cultural torna-se o principal objetivo. A assimilação a uma mentalidade sem paixão (e completamente ignorante) torna-se o meio mais eficaz para manter a população em baixo. Se se pode fazer uma pessoa esquecer (ou negar) o seu passado, isto leva a que a mesma não conheça nenhuma situação melhor do que o seu estado atual. É tudo o que ela sabe. Por isso, porque agiria para a mudar? A subjugação torna-se normalidade.
O Big brother faz isto, através de policiamento severo; vigilância excessiva e manipulação de linguagem.
E controlar a linguagem é talvez o método de gestão do pensamento mais eficaz. Se a linguagem pode ser decomposta no básico absoluto, a unidades mais simples e vulgares, então as pessoas só se podem expressar a um nível muito menor. Não podem pensar para além das suas tarefas diárias porque não há palavras que conotam sonhos e fantasia.

“ᴡᴇ ᴅᴏ ɴᴏᴛ ᴍᴇʀᴇʟʏ ᴅᴇꜱᴛʀᴏʏ ᴏᴜʀ ᴇɴᴇᴍɪᴇꜱ; ᴡᴇ ᴄʜᴀɴɢᴇ ᴛʜᴇᴍ.”

A luta de um personagem torna o livro ainda mais intenso.
Orwell optou por se concentrar apenas num enredo e a história de fundo torna-o tão convincente.

As palavras de Orwell são arrepiantes por causa dos seus paralelos assustadores com a realidade. Mostra-nos que não estamos tão longe do big brother como se pode pensar.

Quem não leu, irá fazer uma pergunta a si próprio.
Porque raio ainda não tinha lido este livro? ( )
  craly | Jan 24, 2024 |
After re-reading the book during this turbulent year I am even more afraid where is our society heading to.

I was always told that Orwell's and Huxley's views on the society are opposites. Personally I think this is not true. Huxley's view of Brave New World where opiates and drugs are used to control the society is just the continuation of the Orwell's world-view. In order to control the people through drugs people first need to be broken and brought into submission. And this can be done only through the means as portrayed by Orwell.

It is truly remarkable how author from early decades of 20th century managed to capture nature of humankind. Effect television and later explosion of communications have on society, constant strategy of tension (was cold war, then terrorism, now it is (gasp!omg!) disease panic) destroys the people from within, dulls them, creates Stockholm like syndrome between themselves and authority abusing them, perverse relationship in which people are grateful when only one percent of their rights and freedoms are returned. If anything Orwell shows how easy dictators come to power when society allows them (Animal Farm is the other book from the same author and on the same subject that I wholeheartedly recommend).

Who cannot make the parallels between Thought Police and propaganda machine so ready to destroy people with this year's (better said this decade's) cancel culture and de-facto control of both spoken and published word (new-speak anyone? so many new words to be used and not to be used otherwise person is declared as hater and his actions as hate-speech). So many idiotic events that draw attention from actual social problems and cause so much confusion it is incredible. That constant need to be right, right no matter what, is not unlike Thought Police's perverse approach to re-education - after breaking the person up and finally forcing him or her to accept the rule of the Party then they kill them. It rings so true in these days of almost cult-like worshiping of ideas and people - it is us or them, no middle ground, no compromise. You have to obey and by that not just bow, but truly obey and believe the ideas and actions imposed on you. Otherwise physical punishment or loss of means to live is just around the corner.

If anything this year showed that Orwell's view of the humanity rings true almost 70 years later. Humanity allows itself to be treated as dough by immoral and ruthless people (be it dictators using raw power or those using science to achieve control) who take the chance to mold it into something that is less than itself.

I hope people come to their sense at some point in time.

Excellent book, full of warnings that have unfortunately fallen on deaf ears of so many for so many years. Worst lie ever is to say to oneself "it cannot happen to me".


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Terrifying book. Orwell truly had a knack for predicting the way human society evolves.

Read it, it will change your perception of the world (I know I am looking differently at the newspapers now :)) ( )
  Zare | Jan 23, 2024 |
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But writing a book like 1984, which is violent, misogynist, sadistic, grim, paranoid: that comes out of a writer’s flaws.
added by vibesandall | editThe Telegraph (Oct 15, 2023)
In conclusion, 1984 is not the pinnacle of dystopian novels. The insufficiency of Orwell’s writing, the blandness of the characters and the inappropriate content make this book just plain bad.
added by vibesandall | editThe Trailblazer, Camryn Lee (Oct 10, 2023)
"We get Arthur Calder-Marshall’s attack, in Reynolds News, on Orwell’s book and character"
added by vibesandall | editReynolds News, Arthur Calder-Marshall (Jun 22, 2019)
You don’t need to be Will Self to find fault with Orwell’s novel...It must surely be possible that the book can be both mediocre and brilliant, deeply flawed and enduringly great?
added by vibesandall | editThe Guardian, Sam Jordison (Nov 18, 2014)
George Orwell's handling of his main female character in 1984 is clichéd, clumsy, and not a little sexist.
added by vibesandall | editThe Atlantic, Noah Berlatsky (Jan 28, 2014)

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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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George Orwell describes a grey, totalitarian future ruled by Big Brother and his wide network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world where news is fabricated according to the authorities' wishes and people live lukewarm lives by rote.
Winston Smith, a hero who lacks heroic attributes, merely wants truth and decency. But he realises there is no hope for him in a society where privacy is non-existent and individuals with unconventional thoughts are brainwashed or executed.
Even though the year 1949 has passed, George Orwell's nightmare picture of the world we were creating remains the great modern classic portrait of a negative Utopia.
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