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Most Helpful Favorable Review

60 out of 62 people found this review helpful.

Interesting read...

So what can I say about this book that hasn't been said before? Having read it I can see how it has become regarded as classic fiction. Of course the year 1984 has come and gone and many folks say had it been titled "2009" it would have been much more accurate.
For tho...
So what can I say about this book that hasn't been said before? Having read it I can see how it has become regarded as classic fiction. Of course the year 1984 has come and gone and many folks say had it been titled "2009" it would have been much more accurate.
For those of you who haven't read it, it is a complex novel but with a fairly basic plot. The protagonist, Winston Smith, is a functioning member of a society in the future who meets a woman he is attracted to. Much of the book surrounds their attempt to form a relationship in this society that just won't allow that sort of thing. Of course the real point and value of the novel is to illustrate where our current society may be headed if we don't change course, a sort of anti-utopian (dystopian?) novel. This book has brought us common terms such as "Big Brother", "doublethink", and "thought police." There are long sections where Winston reads to his girl friend from the official government manual detailing how the society came to be as well as the evolution of the government-speak ("Newspeak") language. I am glad that I've read this novel but at the same time I can't say that I would ever want to read it again. My political/societal views are already pretty much cemented in place and this book, while thought provoking, did not change my views. I do agree that it should be studied at the High School level though, not only for its value to the world of literature but also as a way to kick start young people's thinking on what a society should and shouldn't be.
Essentially 1984 presents a juggernaut state that has become unmoored from whatever benign ideals once berthed it and has drifted off beyond site of a reassuring oasis-like coastline. A state in which its inhabitants no longer strive to achieve their original goals be they based on economical, religious or political ideals and have allowed the state to become a living entity in itself with the destruction of the human spirit as its sole aim.

Be sure to watch the three different movies made from this book:
1984 (1954) Peter Cushing is Winston Smith
1984 (1956) Edmond O'Brien is Winston Smith
Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) John Hurt is Winston Smith

posted by Jessi-21 on September 11, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

8 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

loved the idea, hated the book...

Reading the book was a boring struggle for me, but i absolutley loved the entire idea of the book.

posted by Anonymous on August 26, 2004

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2011

    Should i read?

    I am 13 and considered a mature reader. Is this hard to get through? I have already read and enjoyed Animal Farm. Should i read?

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2013

    Doinnn the mostt

    With all these long ass reviews

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  • Posted July 12, 2013

    Sorry to have read this book

    I have put off reading "1984" until its recent popularity surfaced. I did not like it at all, and did force myself to read the entire book even tho I ended reading it by skimming. I do not understand why it is required reading in many of our school systems today. I truly am sorry that I read it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2013

    Cannot say that I enjoyed reading this book, because I did not a

    Cannot say that I enjoyed reading this book, because I did not approve of a lot of the things the author included. However, I did find some of the main points interesting to create a story. But definitely not the type of good book to read, nor would I recommend it.

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  • Posted April 29, 2012

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    Very boring if you are looking for a STORY and not one giant met

    Very boring if you are looking for a STORY and not one giant metaphor for the state of the world.

    the plot dragged on and it was completely uninteresting.
    this book is famous for being relatable in every decade, but not much else. the story is so borring and had the potential to be really good!
    i would never recommend this to ANYONE.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 14, 2008

    more from this reviewer

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    So I had to read this for my English 4 class. My teacher is horrible so I didnt really understand it, but I had someone explain it to me and now I love it so much more. Lol. Test Thursday, wish me luck!

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2007

    Good concept in legnth

    Yes, I had to read it for school, but when they gave us a brief summary of it, I was excited. It was suppose to be like The Handmaid's Tale, which I liked. Alas, I was disappointed. The concept was good, but not for over 300 pages. If there were more explosive plot twists, it would've made a good lengthy novel. Before the anticlimactic climax, the betrayal was predictable. But I did enjoy his descriptive writing, though a bit tedious and lengthy at some points. If one were to get rid of this `fluff¿ writing, I believe this book would have been considerably shorter, faster paced, and maybe an easier, more enjoyable read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2006

    Not the greatest

    I read 'Nineteen Eighty Four' for a book project I did about six months ago. It took me a fair while to read the book. The concept was one of the greatest I've ever read, but it was almost a bit too detailed. Several parts in the novel dragged. Out of about three hundred pages the best were the last 75 or so

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2004

    what a giant baby

    I read so many good reviews, I couldn't help reading 1984. Maybe it was just me, but I couldn't stand it. I can never read a book where I can't respect the main character. From the very beginning, Winston was whiny, a great baby. I couldn't help rolling my eyes every time I turned the page. 1984 had a lot of potential, but whatever good there was in it was drained by my utter lack of respect for the two main characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2003

    Ok

    The book is a little confusing with the brittish words but other wise it's ok. I didn't like it too much, very fiction-ish

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