Nineteen Eighty Four

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by George Orwell



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ISBN-13: 9780141036144
Publisher: Penguin UK
Publication date: 07/29/2008
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 4.36(w) x 7.09(h) x 0.83(d)

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Eric Arthur Blair (1903-1950), better known by his pen-name, George Orwell, was born in India, where his father worked for the Civil Service. An author and journalist, Orwell was one of the most prominent and influential figures in twentieth-century literature. His unique political allegory Animal Farm was published in 1945, and it was this novel, together with the dystopia of Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), which brought him world-wide fame. His novels and non-fiction include Burmese Days, Down and Out in Paris and London, The Road to Wigan Pier and Homage to Catalonia.

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Anthony Burgess

1984 is a fantasy about disaffected journalists, novelists, poets, professors, and schoolmasters imposing an idealistic philosophy on the countries of the West — amalgamated into the superpower Oceania — which is no more than a notion of the nature of reality forged in an Oxford or Cambridge common room.

V. S. Pritchett

The most solid, the most brilliant thing George Orwell has done.

Alfred Kazin

1984 has been an extraordinary experience for me. It is...overwhelming in its keenness and prophetic power. I hardly know which to praise more -- Orwell's insight into the fate of man and its totalitarianism or his compassion for him.

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Nineteen Eighty-Four 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 92 reviews.
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BookshelfMonstrosity on LibraryThing 2 days ago
I find it very intimidating to review a well-known classic. I think since there is so much information on both the book and the author that I will just touch on a few of the concepts pervasive in the novel and, considering this is one of the daddies of dystopia, how the novel's presence has impacted literature as a whole.Big Brother is the ever-present leader of the party, staring at the citizens of Oceania wherever they go with the aide of...moreSee my full review posting here.I find it very intimidating to review a well-known classic. I think since there is so much information on both the book and the author that I will just touch on a few of the concepts pervasive in the novel and, considering this is one of the daddies of dystopia, how the novel's presence has impacted literature as a whole.Big Brother is the ever-present leader of the party, staring at the citizens of Oceania wherever they go with the aide of telescreens. Winston, an employee of the Ministry, isn't really sure if Big Brother actually exists or if he's really even an actual entity. The point Orwell is making here is that the party is always watching and has complete control over its citizens' bodies and minds. As party members go higher up in the ranks, vagueness ensues until one realizes that no one really knows who is ruling the country.One of the most disturbing examples of the Party's mind control, and there are many, is illustrated in the description of Winston's job. His role within the party as propaganda officer is to alter official government publications in order for them to fit with the Party's official version of how events really went down. The Thought Police are constantly vigilant, searching out dissenters of the Party. They monitor citizens to the point where having a dissenting thought against the party is against the law and punishable.Inevitably, Winston becomes one of these disillusioned dissenters,and he is arrested and tortured for it. During his interrogation, his captors explain to him that he will be re-integrated, or brainwashed, back into the Party.The influence of Orwell's 1984 is indeed extensive; how many times have you heard someone describe something as "Orwellian"? Anthony Burgess wrote 1985, which was intended to be a sequel to Orwell's original work. In more recent work, Cory Doctorow's Little Brother directly references 1984's Big Brother, and Doctorow's main character, Marcus Yellow, is a direct reference to Winston Smith.I recognize this book's extreme importance in the field of dystopian literature, and I found parts of it to be truly terrifying. However, parts of the novel, especially the segment in which Winston read entire chapters of the underground opposition party's manual, moved very slowly and were very dry. I'm glad I've read it but will probably not revisit it.
Ebba on LibraryThing 2 days ago
First time reading this classic book. It could have been a better rating if it had not been for the quite boring part about "The Book". The ending was also disappointing to me. Very interesting read and well worth my time
ariebonn on LibraryThing 2 days ago
Nineteen Eighty-Four is one of those books which you feel you must read at some point in your life, and after sitting on my shelf for a long time I finally decided it was time to pick it up.It is 1984 and in the state of Oceania, Winston Smith is struggling with the oppression of Big Brother. Everything is under the watchful eye of the party and with most things being banned, everyone must be very careful of what they do and even more so what they think. Winston is trying hard to hang on to his memories of when life was different, but nowadays he is starting to doubt if things were ever better or if everything was in his imagination. He does not agree with what the party is doing and has always had rebellious thoughts, but it is only when he decides to pursue a relationship with Julia that their actions bring him under the spotlight.I had great expectations for this book but I was somewhat disappointed to find that it was not what I always thought Nineteen Eighty-Four would be. The beginning was good and it had me hooked for a while, until it started to dwindle and even got a little tedious at times. I liked the premise however the characters seemed weak and most of them not very interesting. My biggest complaint about this book though has to be the entire excerpt from "The Book", this was too long and it quickly got boring, I would have preferred if there were shorter highlights or even just a brief description of the concept. If this book is meant to instill the fear of Big Brother in the reader, it didn't do that at all for me and that is probably why I was disappointed, I was expecting it to be more thought provoking in the way that Animal Farm was. I am still glad that I read Nineteen Eighty-Four and perhaps this would have been more valid in the time it was written, I am just a little let down that it wasn't the great book I was hoping for. I must say that I loved Animal Farm by the same author much more. When I finished Animal Farm I had to stop and think for a while and it was scary how true it felt. I expected to have the same reaction to Nineteen Eighty-Four but in the end it wasn't quite the same.
ccookie on LibraryThing 2 days ago
I just finished listening to 1984 on my brand-new MP3 player that I bought for the sole purpose of 'listening to books' My son studied this book in high school but somehow I had not ever read it and I can't imagine why!I found it to be riveting. I was struck by a number of concepts. The horrifying concept of "Big Brother is watching" carried out in the extreme for these Party members who can do nothing that is not observed by the ever-present tele-screens. This is evident today in that we are tracked by governments, credit cards, reward cards, social networks, market researchers, GPS's, cell phones etc. So much of us is known out there in the world. Also, I was struck by the emphasis on changing history by changing the records of it. There are some who would deny the Holocoust and have written that it did not happen as recorded. North American Aboriginals and Afro-Canadians and Americans would dispute the versions of their cultural history written by white, privileged men. I was thoroughly involved in Winston's life and cared a great deal about what happened to him. I was shocked and devastated at some of the events that happened in his life. I can see why this is a book that is read by many of our young people as part of their high school curriculum. It was a great read. I enjoyed this book very much but because of its sad (and terrifying) nature, I don't expect that I would re-read it so 4.5 stars. I would highly recommend it.
kpolhuis on LibraryThing 2 days ago
It is a great puzzle to me why my highschool thought that I should read this when I was fifteen years old. There were some obvious issues that I could understand at such a tender age, yet there were subtleties I did not even notice. I did, naturally develop an interest in Orwell's books (bought most of them in my late teens/early twenties), but have not really appreciated them until now when I am in my early forties (with a great deal of experience and education to help me understand what was puzzling to me at fifteen). There is a brilliance without compare in his writing, an intelligence and perception that provokes deep emotion within me. Re-reading this twenty-five years later, I see a depth and undertanding in this book that I was amazed to read (and sorry to have missed the first time around). Things, that before I just acknowledged (like the abuse of the english language), gave me feelings of horror and shock. Since I have just recently read Mikhail Bolgakov's 'Master and Margarita', I recognise the template that Orwell used, and it is with dismay that I realised that Orwell did not have to imagine this, it has already happened in one form or another. It is a reminder/warning to me that Orwell's concerns are still valid and that the written word, democracy and basic humanity is still in danger. Sixty-two years later, this book is still relevant.
jolerie on LibraryThing 2 days ago
Big Brother is all-encompassing, all-knowing, all-pervasive. Big Brother is the Alpha and the Omega. Big Brother is the god of this new world order where rebellion and subversive behaviour, whether implicit or explicit, intentional or accidental will be punished - it is just matter of when, not if. Winston and Julia are determined to battle this goliath by challenging and undermining the rules that have been set by those who are just as determined to obliterate any form of dissension. George Orwell's 1984 is classic dystopian literature at its best. A world where everything and anything you say, do, think, or didn't think are monitored and scrutinized is the setting of this story where totalitarianism is only a plaything of the past - Ingsoc is the now and the future. There isn't much I can add to numerous reviews and critiques of this brilliant piece of work but if there is one thing I can contribute, it would be this - if Mr. Orwell didn't hack it as an author, he would have made one hell of a Big Brother. Long live Ingsoc.
theboylatham on LibraryThing 2 days ago

Eight out of ten.

1984 is the year in which it happens. The world is divided into three great powers. Oceania, Eurasia, and Eastasia, each perpetually at war with the other. Throughout Oceania, 'The Party' rules by the agency of four ministries, whose power is absolute -- the Ministry of Peace, which deals with war, the Ministry of Love (headquarters of the dreaded Thought Police), which deals with law and order, the Ministry of Plenty, which deals in scarcities, and the Ministry of Truth which deals with propaganda. The authorities keep a check on every action, word, gesture or thought.

Zommbie1 on LibraryThing 2 days ago
The first time I read Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell I was 17. I read it for my history class as an example of a totalitarian state. This time I am reading it for a Socio-Linguistics class.The main character in the book is Winston Smith. A 39 year old resident of London, Airstrip One, Oceania. This was once Great Britain but is now a totalitarian state made up of, in large, the English speaking world. Winston is a Outer Party member who works in an office job in the Ministry of Truth where he 'corrects' wrongs in printed material in line with the Party slogan "Who controls the past (...) controls the future: Who controls the present controls the past" (p37). Winston has dangerous thoughts of rebellion against the Party and its front figure, the mysterious Big Brother.The book is a frightening look at what could possibly happen in a world where everything is rigidly controlled by one entity, Big Brother. Big Brother plays the citizens off each other and themselves. Citizens are constantly watched through the ever present and turned on telescreen, through which the party can monitor the individuals and feed them propaganda. In addition to this the citizens are encouraged to inform on each other. Children are members of youth groups where they are taught to spy on their parents and each other and report any instances of unorthodoxy, so called thoughtcrime. Another facet of this dystopian society is the discouragement of sexual relations for other puposes than reproduction. The citizens live in constant fear of doing something that will get the reported to the Thought Police and taken away to the Ministry of Love (which really deals with torture).Winston shows an intellectual resistance to the ideas of Big Brother. Through his job he is exposed to the reality of the falsifying of information. He also has a memory of seeing proof that former members of the party could not have committed the crimes of which they were accused off. The books other important character is Julia, a young woman, whos rebellion against Big Brother is more physical. She has the apperance of the perfect Party member, but as Winston discovers, rebels in her own personal way. The books shows Winstons decent into full rebellion and what happens next.I would highly recommend that everyone reads this book at least once. I would actually say that everyone should read it every few years because there are so many layers to the book and as new things are learned and new events take place you see new things in the book.
melydia on LibraryThing 2 days ago
I've wanted to read this for a long time, but was never forced to in school and just didn't get around to it until now. It's an important book. Not only does it detail the dangers of totalitarianism, but also raises some really good questions about the nature of the past. Basically, if something happened in the past, and then all documentation was changed so that it appears to have not happened, and then everybody says it never happened, how can you be so sure you really remember it at all?A brilliant book, if a bit slow in places. It's driven much more by description of the dystopian land of Oceania than by character or plot. If you're interested in the inner workings of the socio-political landscape, you'll enjoy it. If you just want a fun little sci-fi romp, this probably isn't for you.All the same, I think it's a book people should read. The world of 1984 may seem overdramatic, but it is one plausible outcome of the gradual sacrifice of privacy and property in favor of governmental protection or the nebulous "common good." It's something worth thinking about. Indeed, that is perhaps this book's strongest point: it left me with an unusually large number of things to think about. That, my friends, is truly high praise for a novel.[Note: Star Trek: The Next Generation totally ripped off this book in the episode "Chain of Command" with the five/four lights thing. But Picard was a whole lot more badass under pressure than Winston, so they get points for that.]
theportal2002 on LibraryThing 2 days ago
This book was truly ahead of it's time. No others like it, so similar to how society is emerging.
christophax on LibraryThing 3 months ago
1984 was my set text for my English literature exam. I am usually able to grasp the plot and the character details that not many people can find, but with 1984 it is rather difficult. The rating i give this book is 3. Low does it seem, but i would've thought i was rather generous as i found this book too monotonous at times (too dark and depressing, as one of my teachers have said, you really do feel for winston at times). I would recommend this book to all those who like stories with many 'strings' to it, lots of twists, and even more so, by sir eric blair.
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Not in english
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This is an absolute wonderful story if you can find the english version and I would highly recomend it to everyone, but this copy is appearantly in another language. Try to find the original, unless you can read this language.