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52 out of 54 people found this review helpful.
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, 2009Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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8 out of 13 people found this review helpful.
loved the idea, hated the book...
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Posted April 16, 2009
I read 1984 for a science fiction project for my emglish class. This book did not thrill me as much as animal farm did because im not really into the whole "future theme" I will however add that it had a great plot and the character settin
The main character Winston, is going through everyday life being forced to work for Big Brother, Or the Party. We know that Winston hates the party and wants peace and privacy.The Party consists of Inner Party members, who are the ruling elite, and regular Party members, who are citizens of Oceania. Outside of the Party are the proles, non-Party members and simple people who live in poverty and are free from Party regulations. Winston works in the Records Department of the Ministry of Truth, which handles all Party publications and propaganda, Such situations often remove a person from history, or make previously flawed predictions accurate. Winston is looking for people who share the same thoughts about the Party as he does, and eventually he finds Julia, who eventually plans and plots with Winston against Big Brother. Winston loves julia but he really cant because its a thoughtcrime or its against the Party's rules. In the end when winston eventually gets caught for his "thought crimes" he is being tortured and admits saying okay put someone in my place even julia which was the Party's motive, he turned on her and in the end loves big brother.
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Posted August 25, 2008
A Book that will open your eyes
George Orwell's depiction of a society dictated by its government was in retrospect speaking about a Stalinist type of society, but if we look further he is speaking of any society that puts power and prestige above love and care for one another
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Posted August 28, 2008
One need only look around to see that much of Orwell's imagined world exists in America now: secret arrests, torture, war without end, false history, rigged elections, etc. More people should read this book.
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Posted February 17, 2000
Fight The Machine
1984 was a great book in my point of view. It had everthing a reader could want suspense,horror,sex,mystery. It exposed communism's brother socilasim and in great detail. But what I liked was that not like your teacher he made it fun to learn about. This book was perfect to teach the world about socilasim.
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Posted December 5, 2013
George Orwell¿s 1984 is one of the best known modern novels, as
George Orwell’s 1984 is one of the best known modern novels, as both the arguable codifier for a political dystopia and one of the most dramatic depictions of totalitarian government—namely communism, as it was the political focus at the end of World War II. In the book, which takes place in the then-near future year of 1984, London, the “everyman” Winston Smith, dissatisfied with life under a tense regime, finally decides to simply give in to his secret wishes and engage in “subversive” activities, which include keeping a diary, having an affair, and collecting antiquities. He first just attempts to find ways to prolong his actives—as he knows he will be caught in the end anyway—but eventually comes to try to find a way to overthrow the government, with its methods of mass-propaganda and use of “Thought Police.” 1984 serves as Orwell’s warning to the rest of the world. In the times following World War II, political scientists dreaded that out of the power vacuum communism would spread and overtake most of the world. His harsh views on such certainly hardened the Iron Curtain with his breakout novella “Animal Farm” and shut it almost completely with 1984What makes this work so intellectually valuable and so socially transferable is that while the book seems to be a dramatic representation of what life would be like under a totalitarian (Communist) regime; a book on a specific subject rather than a timeless piece of literature; it remains dreadfully universal in the primary recurring themes of fear, the struggles in government, trust versus isolation, social and economic hardships, and the idea of the inherent freedom of man. From the imagination of British man in the 1940s comes a novel that really is quite universal rather than what some critics to prefer to consider a “piece of the period.” While Winston’s “telescreens” and “Newspeak” may have seemed either far-fetched at the time or laughably obsolete even now, everyone can surely identify with something in this book. The fears which plague the world—fear of death, fear of being outside of control, fear of others—are universal; they allow readers the uncomfortable feeling of identifying with those in the novel. The duality and Janus-faces of government is also a major theme. Since people began living with others and cooperating or disputing, government at its basest form is the seizure and maintaining of power, as the Party demonstrates all too well. The idea of intellectual and moral freedom is also a major point. Orwell heavily explores the question “am I free to think, to believe in what I do—and will I still do so if I am not?”Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
As a result, while the book was specifically written as a dramatization of totalitarian government, Orwell’s themes explored give the book a universal feel. The sharp writing and use of dialogue is ingenious, and demonstrates his skill. It is an excellent choice for any period of time or location.
Posted November 7, 2013
I read this in high school. I found it fascinating. It seems to me that much of this book was prophetic. The only reason I gave it four stars is that the ending made me angry. I threw the book across the room!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 30, 2013
1984 takes place in Oceania where Winston Smith is a bottom of t
1984 takes place in Oceania where Winston Smith is a bottom of the ladder member of the ruling party in London. There everywhere you go the Party is watching you and the face of the Big Brother is everywhere. All things are controlled by the party like language and language. The party is split into ministries like the Ministry of Love, Ministry of Plenty, and Ministry of Truth were Winston works altering history. They are currently working on a new form of their language Newspeak that gets rid of all negative words and prevents conflict. Things like thinking of rebellious thoughts are considered a thought crime which is the worst crime of all. Convinces there are low and the buildings are ramshackle.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Winston soon struggles with oppression from the Parties strict control that discourages thought, sex, expression, and rebellion. Winston purchases a diary illegal and writes thoughts considered criminal and rebellious and even writes down unknowingly “DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER”. At his job he goes through and throughout the day they have 2 minutes hate which fuels people with rage and anger no matter how hard they try to stop. Winston becomes fixated with a powerful member of the Party whose name is O’Brien. Winston theories he is a secret member of a secret group called the Brotherhood that fights against the Party.
It is an intriguing subject of a government that could control the people with so much power and strength. Just the thought of always being watched and just the fear of being executed for your own thoughts or just expressing yourself. It also makes me very happy to live in a country like I do in the U.S. were it is not a dictatorship and I could have my opinions and can express them in how I want or be restricted from the true history of things. I would recommend this to people who have a lot of time because I found myself confused from not reading some parts clearly enough. Besides that I found it a great book and even sparked some discussions with my family about some of the concepts.
Posted April 10, 2013
¿1984¿ by George Orwell is an eye-opening novel about a modern
“1984” by George Orwell is an eye-opening novel about a modern totalitarian state and the disturbing control by the government. The novel centers around a middle-aged man named Winston Smith and his struggles with trying to rebel against the overpowering government. Winston meets and falls in love with a young woman named Julia and he experiences moments of freedom. Though most of this novel was dark, it was nice to see the characters with some happiness. This novel had a great impact on how the world saw totalitarianism in 1949. It showed how poorly citizens in totalitarian states were treated. It was highly disturbing and left me with many thoughts about our world. The book painted a vivid picture of this possible future and had many historical connections. I enjoyed how Orwell created a new world, but it was still realistic. Although it was written 64 years ago, many of the ideas and lessons are still relevant today.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
History and dystopian novel fanatics would really enjoy this book. However, this novel would be hard to understand if you did not have any background knowledge on totalitarianism. Some parts require a lot of thought to comprehend fully. Though the ending of the novel was realistic, I prefer joyful conclusions. I was pleasantly surprised that the novel was a fascinating read. George Orwell’s writing was superb and the characters he created seemed genuine and real. Winston Smith was easy to connect with and had the qualities of an “ordinary man”. From reading “1984”, I appreciate the basic freedoms in America. I learned the horrific dangers of totalitarianism and the extent a government may go just to have control over their citizens. I think this novel can teach many lessons to our political leaders today, and it can continue to influence our society for years to come.
Posted August 1, 2012
Nineteen Eighty-Four By George Orwell George Orwell creates a w
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By George Orwell
George Orwell creates a world where the government has complete control and even thinking of something that “Big Brother” does not seem worthy is punishable by torture and or death. Big Brother has complete control of the citizens and alters the information people receive so that they blindly follow whatever is put forth to them. The main character, Winston Smith, dares to defy what he is being told and tries to rebel, unfortunately he lives in a society where you cannot trust anyone and Big Brother is always watching you.
This is definitely a thought provoking novel of blind faith, and the inner workings of the human psyche. What makes children turn on their own parents? What would you do if you were not even allowed to enjoy intercourse? These are just a couple of the questions that George Orwell brings to mind, I am not sure if we could ever truly know the answers to some of the questions that are posed in this novel and I hope we would never have to find out. It was an interesting book and I am glad I read it. George Orwell was able to capture such a frightening future so realistically some people have begun to believe this story may be prophetic, I myself see it as purely science fiction. This is truly a classic in every sense of the word and I believe it will stand the test of time to scare the daylights out of generations to come.
Posted May 13, 2012
Thoughtful, creative, wonderfully disturbing. I really enjoyed r
Thoughtful, creative, wonderfully disturbing.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I really enjoyed reading this book. Obviously I have heard tons about it from friends who have read it or from blogs, websites, teachers, etc. but reading it for myself really made me appreciate what everyone has been talking about. I must admit that I felt like the first 100 pages or so were a bit tedious and seemed to just kind of drag on as Winston was sulking through his life in London, but the moment that Julia was introduced a whole new sense of freshness and excitement entered into the story and really turned things around for me. Julia’s character deceived me a bit. At first I thought she was the coolest and was exactly what Winston needed to exit his depression (or as much as he possibly could, living in a society such as the one written about). As the story unraveled though, I began to view Julia as nothing more than a symbol of hedonism, as well as a selfish and unfulfilled character. The last section of the book was definitely the most exciting for me. I was constantly being shocked as the plot twisted; this was the kind of book where you just couldn’t wait to have time to open it up again and learn more. Orwell did a wonderful job in developing this story. There was so much detail included and it is obvious to any observant reader how much time, effort and creativity was put into a piece of literature such as this one. I look forward to reading more of his work, for this novel truly hooked me.
Posted December 21, 2011
Must read for analysis
In most social commentaries the ideas are vehicles for the characters. In 1984, the characters are vehicles for the ideas. This is not a book you want to read for kicks and thrills. You should instead read this for societal relevance and analysis. What makes 1984 so powerful is the warning of a government's effects on the people it dominates. It is this that makes the book one of the best ever written.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 7, 2011
Loving the Cold War history all over again.
I study Cold War history and I love the view projected by the two main characters. There were those who didnt care and those who wanted a cchange.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 13, 2011
Posted August 1, 2011
This book was really quite good, and I sincerely was not expecting it to be. (I had to read it for summer reading) The content was intriguing and thought provoking. The ending made me angry, but George Orwell's "spin", if you will, was perfect. If you are on the fence about purchasing this book, just go ahead and do it. You will not be sorry.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 16, 2011
1984... first time read... recommend!
I just finished- literally- reading the book 1984 by George Orwell and my very first thought as I gazed over the last four sentences upon my nook version of the book was anger. Not mad at Orwell, or Winston (the main charterer), more mad at the way it went. Don't worry no spoilers here but as a first time read for this nearly 35 year old guy I can say that I'm glad I waited to read it as I think having done so at a lesser age wouldn't have proved as beneficial an understanding as it did just now.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This is a 4+ star book (we'll just round it down to 4 for measures sake) in my opinion simply for the fact that it was able to move me and keep my attention even while not reading it. Recommended.
Posted December 1, 2010
Posted October 25, 2010
Book Review: 1984
This book, 1984 is a novel by George Orwell, is a book on a alternate reality (future in George Orwell's imagination), where socialism has taken over, and all people are subjected to Party. I like this book because it is engaging, exciting, and unique; I dislike it because the concepts it mentions are highly disturbing. I can connect with Winston very much, because his love for reading is similar to mine. I liked how the "different" people, such as Julia and O'Brien found each other, and how they all had different views. This book is highly discouraging, and interesting at the same time, so I believe avid readers who aren't discouraged by horrible ideas should read this book, as it can be meaningful once you finish it. It is a high school level book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 30, 2010
Wow, a totally different take on the book the second time around. I read this book in high school and with all the media comparisons to it lately, I decided to read it again. The book looks at what the "future" 1984 may have been like, written originally in 1949. Well, lets just say it is a good thing Orwell's 1984 did not come to pass. Big Brother, the government in the book, keeps tabs on all, forces conformity to the rules and turns families and all against each other in order to preserve the "party". The characters are well developed and you really feel for the hell they are living through, but is the dives into who, what & why make up the "party" which I found more enlightening the second time around. The only similarities in the book to our current government have existed for quite awhile and are the result of both "parties" policy making, so the news should drop this book as a reference going forward. Good, quick read which makes you think about relationships, politics, religion and family and how these areas of our lives can be so easily manipulated if it is allowed. B+Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 18, 2010
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I really enjoyed this book. At first I wasn't sure whether or not I would. The beginning is a bit slow. Keep reading because it gets great pretty fast. If you are a fan of classic literature definitely read 1984. It is amazing how relevant it is to the world today, and I see it getting more and more relevant as time goes on. The characters are absolutely well formed. This novel is slightly depressing, but that is to be expected. Orwell was a very brilliant writer and obviously an insightful man. He will never go out of style. Pick up a copy of this!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.