1984: Centennial Edition

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With a foreword by Thomas Pynchon

A masterpiece of rebellion and imprisonment, where war is peace, freedom is slavery, and Big Brother is watching...

View our feature on George Orwell?s 1984.

Thought Police. Big Brother. Orwellian. These words have entered our vocabulary because of George Orwell?s classic dystopian novel, 1984. The story of one man?s nightmare odyssey as he pursues a forbidden love affair ...

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Overview

With a foreword by Thomas Pynchon

A masterpiece of rebellion and imprisonment, where war is peace, freedom is slavery, and Big Brother is watching...

View our feature on George Orwell’s 1984.

Thought Police. Big Brother. Orwellian. These words have entered our vocabulary because of George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel, 1984. The story of one man’s nightmare odyssey as he pursues a forbidden love affair through a world ruled by warring states and a power structure that controls not only information but also individual thought and memory, 1984 is a prophetic, haunting tale.

More relevant than ever before, 1984 exposes the worst crimes imaginable—the destruction of truth, freedom, and individuality.

This beautiful paperback edition features deckled edges and french flaps -- a perfect gift for any occasion.

Examines different aspects of Orwell's anti-utopian classic, with a biographical sketch of the author and critical essays on this work.

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Editorial Reviews

Mark Schorer
It is probable that no other work of this generation has made us desire freedom more earnestly or loathe tyranny with such fullness. 1984, the most contemporary novel of the year and who knows of now many past and to come, is a great examination into and dramatization of Lord Acton's famous apothegm, " power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrups absolutely. "
Books of the Century; New York Times review, June 1949
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452284234
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/6/2003
  • Edition description: Centennial Edition
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 103,001
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Thomas Pynchon is the author of V.; The Crying of Lot 49; Gravity's Rainbow; Slow Learner, a collection of short stories; Vineland; Mason & Dixon; Against the Day; and, most recently, Inherent Vice. He received the National Book Award for Gravity's Rainbow in 1974.
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  • Posted September 4, 2009

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    Best book I've read in some time!

    If you take two and two then you have five? In the world of 1984 this is reality. The main character Winston Smith is an intellectual trapped under an oppressive all powerful government. He lives in the crumbling remains of London in the country Oceania and struggles against the government and the decrepit remnants of society to find some form of truth and personal fulfillment. He secretly lashes out against the Party and Big Brother, the always watchful authority figure, and opens a diary with heretic thoughts and has a relationship with a much younger woman. He puts his faith into a secret rebel organization known as the brotherhood, whose primary goal is to overthrow the Party.
    Everyone who reads this book will take their own meanings and lessons from it. To me this book was about the horrors of a sufficiently technologically advanced government taking complete control of its citizen's lives and free will. George Orwell wrote this novel during a time when communism, socialism, and totalitarianism were all emerging as alarming new concepts. He witnessed the terror of absolute political authority in Germany, Spain, and the Soviet Union. There are many subtle and not so subtle warnings intertwined into the novel such as the falsification of history, surveillance and monitoring of populations, persecution of heretics, and manipulation though propaganda.
    Something else that can be taken from this book is an understanding of basic human nature and the conditions that lead to uprisings and revolutions. Orwell discusses in detail the way in which societies organize themselves, no matter what type of government, and how, when motivated to, the masses can overrun those in power. The Proles, the lowest most populous class, are the only ones not deluded by the party's rhetoric, the only ones who seem to have maintained their humanity. But they do nothing because they do not realize their power and they are ignorant to their own plight, it is in them that Winston believes lies the only hope for the future.
    In my opinion this is a great work of literature and is more than deserving of the title classic. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a very intelligent and well written novel capable of really making you think about the world. Although the subject matter may be considered grim I find the idea of a perfect dystopia to be intriguing and greatly entertaining.

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  • Posted May 29, 2009

    Nineteen Eighty-Four

    From the first sentence where the clock strikes thirteen to the grim ending, 1984 keeps readers on the edge of their... easy chairs. The dystopian novel focuses a situation similar to what could have happened if Hitler won, or if the world adopted a communo-fascist dictatorship. The novel is chock full of suspense and thrill as Winston and Julia are cast back and forth, not knowing who to trust in a complete lie of a society. Orwell's tone changes from eloquent and direct to a more descriptive and even mysterious tone-while many things are described perfectly, h leaves enough to the imagination to scare the reader. The rules of society are even challenged as a new language is being adopted that actually limits the number of words (to reduce creativity) as modern English, referred to as Oldspeak, is outlawed. The society itself is reversing as technology is backfiring on the people, the structures are becoming more and more decrepit, and people lose faith and trust in everything. Definitely Orwell's definitive work, 1984 is a true classic with a potent message that will survive throughout the ages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2006

    perfect

    This is the Queen Mother of all the futuristic, (at the time it was written) dystopia books such as Brave New World, Fahrenheit 451, or the Handmaid's Tale. Orwell's description of Big Brother, I believe through no coincidence, conjures an image of Joseph Stalin. The description of 1984 London seems to resemble how the West would picture Cold War Moscow. This book is realistic and tangible, where other books of this kind come acrossed as more far fetched. The reader feels the psychological damage of life under constant surveillance. One needs to remember this when insisting that cameras are good and 'I have nothing to hide'. This is one of the most, if not the most important book written in the last hundred years and sadly, seems to slowly be becoming ever more relevant as we head into the 21st century.

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