Nineteen Eighty-four

Nineteen Eighty-four

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First published in 1949, George Orwell's 1984 has lost none of its impact and vision with which it first hit readers.

Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth in London, chief city of Airstrip One. Big Brother stares out from every poster, the Thought Police uncover every act of betrayal. When Winston finds love with Julia, he discovers that life does not have to be dull and deadening, and awakens to new possibilities. Despite the police helicopters that hover and circle overhead, Winston and Julia begin to question the Party; they are drawn towards conspiracy. Yet Big Brother will not tolerate dissent - even in the mind. For those with original thoughts they invented Room 101 ...

Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf, 1992.
ISBN: 9780141191201
9780735234611
9780140126716
9780141036144
0140126716
9780679417392
0679417397
Branch Call Number: ORW
Characteristics: xlii, 325 p.
Alternative Title: 1984

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mmterry
Apr 12, 2018

This is a book that shows what would happen if the left wing takes over

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Margush
Mar 28, 2018

Oh dear... for millions of people it was the reality and for millions it is the reality. The USA may be surprised to start seeing bits and pieces of that reality as well...

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lucygusy
Mar 08, 2018

A must read that continues to resonate in the current political climate.

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Linyarai
Mar 06, 2018

I read this book for the "A Book That Was Once Banned" part of my 2018 reading challenge. I thought I had read this before, but it turns out I never had. I knew the gist of it, the Big Brother Is Watching part, but none of the details felt familiar at all. Overall I didn't enjoy it and I didn't like the ending, but it was an interesting concept.

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Sith101
Feb 28, 2018

Pretty much it is time to start reading this book if you have not. Examples today are re-writing of history in the schools. Google search engine omitting search results making things disappear. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube making people disappear. The bias news media trying to destroy people. The spreading of the nanny state. Government officials getting richer while the public sector gets poor. The propping up Russia as the new boogeyman. Public sector working in humane long hours to live. The list could go on. Recommend reading even though it is a little slow. I would also like to point out isn’t ironic that Apple used the back drop of a 1984 future in a commercial when Apple has become a totalitarian tech giant that want you to accept user agreements and have masses wait in line at a colorless store where all the employees dress the same where the Steve Jobs was worshipped by Apple cult fan boys

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itsapurplegiraffe
Feb 03, 2018

This book is a masterpiece. Although it is a classic you may find it eerily relevant and it forces you to look at life in a different way. It's brutally honest and not for the weak-hearted. A fantastic read that will leave you reflecting on the world and will stick with you throughout your years.

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jmthornberry
Jan 24, 2018

A wonderful novel. One of my favorites.

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gomiami1972
Jan 19, 2018

Nineteen Eighty-Four is an absolute must read for everyone. Haunting, not wholly outrageous and, in certain respects prophetic, this book is more valid today than when it was first released. I recommend you read it, take a long break (perhaps months or years) and then read it again. You will pick up on subtleties missed the first time. Most of all, own a copy of it. One of the best modern books ever written. I'm not referring to the quality of prose. I'm referring to the concepts contained within that have been adopted into our lexicon and cultural as well as that of the geopolitical sphere. Astounding.

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Nyadenya
Dec 18, 2017

I am at a point in my life where I feel like George Orwell. In the introduction of this edition of Nineteen Eighty-Four: The Borzoi Book Published by Alfred A Knoff and first included in the Everyman's Library in 1992 Orwell's words are seen with this quote on quote: " Every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly, against totalitarianism and for democratic Socialism as I understand it" the book reads, "I wrote lifeless books and was betrayed into purple passages, sentences without meaning, decorative adjectives and humbug generally". Similar to how Orwell has written without meaning, I have read without meaning thus causing me to write without meaning (I now write for money and I read to find out why I read). One thing I learned at University of Massachusetts Boston was that a great speaker must first be a great writer and a great writer must first be a great reader. In essence, it is back to basics and the next book I am reading is Homage to Catalonia which appeared in 1938 in an edition of only 1,500 copies of which 600 copies were still unsold when Mr. Orwell died in 1950. Julian Symon's wrote the introduction to this edition. This review is dedicated to Jadiann Thompson of Channel Seven who inspired me to pick up this book after reading a December 2017 issue of the Improper Bostonian.

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NatalyaDmitrieva
Oct 31, 2017

I really like dystopian novels. 1984 by George Orwell is one of the best book. I read it twice at a great interval. Both times it impressed me. This book is a warning for people how a dictator can manipulate and control all aspects of people's lives if they won’t resist of mass control and oppression.

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ArapahoeKatieK May 23, 2018

“Big Brother is Watching You.”

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gomiami1972
Feb 05, 2018

Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.

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itsapurplegiraffe
Feb 04, 2018

“Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.”

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itsapurplegiraffe
Feb 04, 2018

“In the face of pain there are no heroes.”

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itsapurplegiraffe
Feb 04, 2018

“Perhaps a lunatic was simply a minority of one.”

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itsapurplegiraffe
Feb 04, 2018

“Until they became conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.”

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itsapurplegiraffe
Feb 04, 2018

“But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.”

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itsapurplegiraffe
Feb 04, 2018

“We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness.”

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itsapurplegiraffe
Feb 04, 2018

“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—for ever.”

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itsapurplegiraffe
Feb 04, 2018

“The best books... are those that tell you what you know already.”

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Jan 28, 2014

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Jul 24, 2012

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platypus101 Jul 11, 2013

Orwell had a daunting task: creating a future nearly half a century away from the time period in which he was writing. This future had to be its own complex, independent society, but it also had to be the natural end result of the totalitarianism Orwell witnessed in the communist and socialist regimes of World War II. That's part of the horror of 1984: this future is a recognizable one, even in the 21st century. It's easy to see how those in control can, through manipulation and propaganda, maintain that control simply for the sake of sating their own power hunger. It's easy to say "no one could ever tell me what to think or what to do," but the Party's use of Big Brother, the Thought Police, the Two-Minute Hate, and Doublethink make it easy to see how a person's ability to think independently and discern fiction from reality can be eroded when there is no touchstone to fact. Revising and rewriting the past to make certain that Big Brother and the Party are always correct has effectively eliminated historical accuracy. How can one think and reason in a society where everything is a fabrication?

JennComishen Jul 17, 2012

Winston, a member of the straight forward, controlled society we now live in 1984, begins to question Big Brother, along with a collegue of his. The two of them get information and try to take down Big Brother themselves, however with the help of a betrayel Big Brother catches on to their plans. Using the dark methods of Double think and the haunting room 101, both Winston and his collegue are 'barinwashed' as the rest of society is, and taken over by Big Brother

Bayside Jul 02, 2012

Nineteen Eighty-four is about a Utopian society set in that year. In this society the government controls everything, including the past, the present, the future, privacy and language. Citizens are controlled by fear and brainwashing, and are always under direct supervision by telescreens, allowing little to no privacy. The novel revolves around a member of the society by the name of Winston. Winston is a relatively average member who, throughout the course of the novel, begins to secretly rebel against his government.

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JihadiConservative
May 26, 2015

Sexual Content: Contains sex throughout. However, it is not particularly graphic. But it is throughout. There are some sex scenes, references, prostitutes (Man has a dream about going to a 60 year old prostitute: Disturbing) Sex talk throughout.

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liya6
Jan 28, 2014

Violence: Contains violence

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