1984

by George Orwell

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | October 17, 1983 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

1984 is rated 4.4912 out of 5 by 57.
In 1984, London is a grim city where Big Brother is always watching you and the Thought Police can practically read your mind. Winston is a man in grave danger for the simple reason that his memory still functions. Drawn into a forbidden love affair, Winston finds the courage to join a secret revolutionary organization called The Brotherhood, dedicated to the destruction of the Party. Together with his beloved Julia, he hazards his life in a deadly match against the powers that be.

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Published: October 17, 1983

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very disappointing! George Orwell was the alias of English Writer Eric Arthur Blair. Perhaps the most well known of these works is the dystopian novel “1984”, written in 1948. It is a political dystopian novel that radically portrays both the pros and cons of nationalism. The irrationality of totalitarianism is a huge focus throughout the novel, and will interest young adults curious about the state of our world. In my opinion, this book is lacking heavily in many aspects. Its slow pacing made me lose interest in the book quickly and broke my engagement in the plot. In terms of its portrayal of totalitarianism, 1984 is very overrated. The knowledge it gives its reader is marginal and lacking. The world of 1984 is a dystopia dominated by propaganda and a totalitarian government. This world, named Oceania, is led by a group called The Party, with a leader known only as Big Brother who dominates and controls all thoughts in society. “Big Brother is watching you” is a memorable quote that illustrates the propaganda of the society. People are taught not to break rules based on this motto. The protagonist Winston Smith does not remember much of his past before Oceania, yet seeks revolution against the Party. The protagonist is a low-ranking member of London’s Party who hates the Party’s repressive laws that prohibit individuality and sex. Secretly, he seeks to find a rebellion to overthrow the government. He finds hope in a group named the Brotherhood, which aims to take down this government. Winston’s optimistic hope for this world is quickly turned into darkness as the odds start to go against him. All the while, he falls into forbidden love. As quickly as he decides to rebel, he transitions into the terrible truth that “In the face of pain, there are no heroes.” Orwell’s writing is able to achieve its goal of criticizing totalitarianism. Through Winston Smith, readers will see the extremities of this government, leading to the banning of love and the freedom of thought. In addition, it brings up how censorship leads to an imbalance of power between those who create censors, and those who are inhibited by it. It raises the idea: Is what we believe to be the truth actually reality? Or is it a façade created by society? However, the book suffers in how it tried too hard to convince the reader of its prose. The main character Winston Smith, and even all the side characters, are extremely boring and for the most part, flat characters that lack development through out the book. The book fails to include any sense of positive human emotion in its characters. In a dystopian novel, this becomes very important because hope is the one thing that make these characters seem “alive”. As their hope leaves, they become the same mindless characters that they originally aimed not to be. While this is realistic of a dystopia, it will bore and upset readers with how utterly depressing it is. The fact that there is not one shrivel of hope for Winston the entire story makes it unengaging at times and even unreadable. In conclusion, George Orwell’s 1984 was a brilliant portrayal of a dystopian society. However, due to the lack of character development and the weak plot line, the book is not an enjoyable read. The storyline moves at a terribly slow speed and you will find yourself tempted to give up or put the book down. I would definitely not recommend this book to anyone.
Date published: 2013-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Complex Masterpiece “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen,” the opening statement of George Orwell’s masterful exertion of a dystopian society in his feat, ‘1984’. ‘1984’ deals with a dystopian future in which a nuclear confrontation has split the world apart into three warring mega continents known as, Oceania, Eurasia, and Eastasia. ‘1984’ is a society where sex is shunned, thoughts against the party are punishable, and every move is monitored through telecreens. Orwell enlightens our prudent inquiries to a world ruled by a totalitarian society, making it clear to the reader about the horrors if such an advent ensued. ‘1984’ is more than worthy of telling a tale of a dystopian reality. The endless amount of ludicrous of such a world is just too much for a reader to take in, in a way that breaks the barrier of possibilities. ‘1984’ gives us an unparalleled experience on a crippled world governs by an atrocity of a government. Compared to other books that deal with a dystopian society, ‘1984’ is easily ranked one of the best in its category. In terms of concept, Orwell scores high in creativity, but the concepts presented in the book are not very convincing if compared to today’s society. I find it very hard to believe that the human brain would be compelled to agree such incredulous slogans and beliefs. Although that last point would sound to be a critique, I would probably infer that he did this to add effect to the dubious nature of the book. George Orwell has made a work comprised of a world from our worst nightmares. From reading ‘1984’, one would question their own society and ask them how fortunate they are to be living in the world we are in today. ‘1984’, has really given us food for thought, a world which oppression is the norm. A totalitarian government is a fantasy in Orwell’s world of imagination; the relevance of oppression and submission is only a mere glimpse of our society. The message sent by Orwell is clearly told to us through ‘1984’, indefinitely crystal like a stream. Rid the world of oppression, brutality, and corruption and avoid the horrors of ‘1984’. “The past was dead, the future was unimaginable.”
Date published: 2013-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sadly closer to reality than you would think I reread this classic work by George Orwell hoping to get more out of it now than when I was 20 when I read it for the first time. I did, and not only because I had changed (and...ahem...matured) but because our society has too. Back in the early nineties, cell phones, the internet and social media were in their infancy or not yet born. But now, with facebook, Twitter and texting, the sobering thought of having a Big Brother always watching is more reality than fiction. Orwell seems to have known that one day our reality would be heavily influenced by our own perception of what is real, and not on the actual events or people involved. One need only look at the myriad websites postulating that historic events like the Moon Landing in 1969 and the terrorist attacks in New York in 2001 were part of an elaborate plan by the American government to "push" its people towards a particular political or social agenda. Now, I am not saying these events did not happen as described by the media, but the moment people start to question the authenticity of these events, you have to wonder whose point of view is "reality". Oh, and I checked with a math teacher friend of mine, and 2 + 2 still equals 4...for now.
Date published: 2012-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU Well, a lot has been said about this book by reviewers on this site, and by the literary world at large. I would just like to add that “Nineteen Eight-Four” would have to be one of the greatest books I have ever read, and certainly the greatest dystopian thriller ever produced. It truly makes you think the world around you and not only in terms of governmental power but also media, the internet etc. Highly recommended! "WAR IS PEACE FREEDOM IS SLAVERY IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH"
Date published: 2011-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly a masterpiece Imagine the world where your every move is being watched. The world where no real history exists- you have to believe what you're being told, even the most outrageous changes in the country's time line. Imagine the world where there is no love, friendship or even hate. What would you do if there was no escaping the Big Brother? Talking about a dystopian novel you have to at least mention Orwell's "1984". Right from the beginning you get the strong feeling of wrongness - how people are manipulated or more like, played with. How they can not do one move without being watched. That, however is not the worst part of the story to me. What literally scared me to death is that the government knew peoples' deepest and worst fears and used it against them. I can not even begin to imagine someone trying to make me talk or change my beliefs that way. I would give up right away - and if you think you wouldn't you're wrong. As the main character's case proved, there is no love, no belief stronger than fear. Very disturbing. Orwell made it all feel real and very possible. It makes you think that maybe our world isn't all that bad...
Date published: 2010-12-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Short of Disappointing George Orwell's world is very real, mimicking and embelishing history at the same time. Through the eyes of Winston we begin to see the true terror of totalitarism and the role such a government has in controlling the human heart, mind and spirit. The novel is definitely one of a kind and is worth a read just for the sake of discovering its ability to cause an uproar in the literary world at the time it was published. However, as excited as I was to read this particular classic, it seems that I have expected too much. Although I found the subject interesting, the story took too long to unravel and contained some sections which I think were unecessary or that could have been brought into the story much more elegantly. I became absolutely frustrated with Winston and his insurmountable weaknesses by the end of the novel. I also thought that the informational dump that the reader has to deal with near the end is just insufferable! It was interesting to read about the inner workings the society Winston lives in but I felt like the same idea, the same information was just repeated over and over. If you can sit through pages of depressing words and chapters of unnerving boredom, give the book a try. Otherwise, watch the movie instead. A book by Orwell that I WILL strongly recommend is 'Animal Farm' it is allegorical and far more entertaining than 1984 although they both allude to the same theme.
Date published: 2010-09-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Big Brother is Watching You! This book wasn't that bad. However, even though it didn't appeal to my interests, I still enjoyed it. The book is about how the government is watching everyone and controlling their lives through BIG BROTHER. However, this book is a little bit much in terms of lack of privacy, but you never do know if you are being watched, do you? The main character starts to question his freedom and privacy and falls in love with a woman who is in the same position. Can Big Brother really control you?? Find out.
Date published: 2009-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So real... This story seems so real; I just couldn't put it down! When reading the book I found myself moving in and out of reality - it was kind of scary how deep I got into it but it was definiely worth reading.
Date published: 2009-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Timeless A haunting and tragic tale of a dystopic existence under a totalitarian regime, told by one of the best political writers of our time. This is a classic that is quoted in everyday popular culture, from 'Big Brother' to NewSpeak. It's a timeless work of 'Fiction,' and is a must have for all bookshelves. www.booksnakereviews.blogspot.com
Date published: 2008-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A must-read. I found it somewhat depressing, but a good read. Ayn Rand's "Anthem" is similar to this, albeit contrarily optimistic. I used to prefer Anthem, but now I prefer 1984, as it is more realistic, whereas Anthem is more idealistic. But aside from comparing it to other works, I consider it a fine must-read for anyone.
Date published: 2008-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! 1984 by George Orwell portrays a dystopian society, set in the United Kingdom, which is ruled by hate. 1984 is easy to understand and kept me interested throughout, except for some pages that are about the book. The ending was amazing and complete, something that I had not imagined would happen, it did not leave me wondering what would. George Orwell was a political writer, and so he wrote 1984 in the year 1948, as his prophetic vision and a warning that "...unless the course of history changes, men all over the world will lose their most human qualities, will become soulless automatons, and will not even be aware of it." (313) Winston Smith is middle-aged and a low-ranking member of the ruling Party. The Party watches their workers under twenty-four hour surveillance, through telescreens that are everywhere. The Party, whose leader is known as Big Brother, controls everything in the nation of Oceania, including the history and language. To think rebellious thoughts is a crime and is illegal, it is referred to as a thoughtcrime. Winston's job is to change history by rewriting newspaper articles to match the new truth that is decided by the Party. One of the Party's slogans is: "He who controls the past, controls the future." However, Winston is unable to think the same way as others do. I am sure that everyone will enjoy reading this exciting novel.
Date published: 2008-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelievable but True ! ! ! I recommend this book to anyone no matter how knowledgeable they are at politics. For those who are new to the world of politics this book will be shocking. It might even get you interested in politics. As a citizen I strongly believe that power can be dangerous in the hands of a small group of people. The first time I read this book I did not believe in it but as I thought about it more, things started to change. I started to see the world in a different way. The rest of this review will go into the context of the book, so don’t continue reading this if you haven’t read 1984. I think the society of Oceania and our society today are very much a like. It doesn’t seem like when you think about it first, but if you were to think deeper, the similarities are countless. Our world is always controlled by government just like Big Brother does in 1984. First of all, something very obvious is the U.S.A fighting over in Iraq. The government of U.S.A is trying to put us under ‘Orange alert’ just to get more money for their war. This is the same as what they did in 1984, where the ‘telescreen’ points an enemy of Oceania as a reason for war. Secondly, there is a ‘Ministry of truth’ in today society as well. In every news paper and book, the truth is hard to find. When ever something big happens, the media publish news papers and reports that are manipulated by government officials to defend their own ends. On the day of the 9/11, who knew for sure that Osama Bin laden was behind it, but since it was what media said we started to fear of him. This changed everything, now North America is a target of some terrorist or that’s what we believe in. I thank you for reading my comments and I hope you took something out of it. So the next time you watch news or read the paper be aware of what is on it and try to understand what is really going on behind the curtains supported by your government.
Date published: 2008-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from brilliant and creepy This book was crazy! It's a creepy concept that often gave me chills as I read it. This political tale of corruption is a masterpiece of work, and what's most amazing is the fact that it was written in the early 1940s, yet if someone was to read 1984 back then, they would probably think Orwell was completely off his rocker... however, in today's world it's not hard to imagine it being an appropriate diction/view/warning of where this world could be headed. Eek! :) Like I said; creepy... but a brilliant novel.
Date published: 2008-04-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review Definitely an interesting look into the potential future of society. Unlike some who have read the book, I do not feel that a totalitarian regime of this type is all that unlikely. In fact, I was startled to realize that there were definite similarities between the Party and the government of George Bush. Here are a few examples (note, if you have not read the book and do not want any specific content revealed, please ignore the following): The second that I heard "victory gin" or "victory coffee", my thoughts drifted back to Bush's "freedom fries". On page 213, the book mentions that "... practices which had been long abandoned, in some cases for hundreds of years-imprisonment without trial ... torture to extract confessions ... - not only became common again, but were tolerated and even defended by people who considered themselves enlightened and progressive." Sound familiar? Further similarities include maintaining an "atmosphere of war", through the use of phrases such as "war on terror", and by keeping people on their toes using the homeland security level. My only complaint was that the plot was rather dry in some instances. For example, the chapters that Winston read in "The Book" were a little too lengthy in my opinion.. Still, this is definitely a brilliant piece of writing ... perhaps the best account of a dystopian society that I have ever encountered.
Date published: 2008-03-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book, scary future I thought this was a great book. I can write about it, but i think this clip will give you the best indication about what's in store: "Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it. Every concept that can ever be needed will be expressed by exactly ONE word, with its meaning rigidly defined and all its subsidiary meanings rubbed out and forgotten. "
Date published: 2008-02-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Worst book i have ever read this has to be the worst book i have ever read.... every single page was boring... and the main character is so whiny and boring too.... the only reason i had to read the whole book was because i read it for school... i will never read this book ever again.
Date published: 2007-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sheer brilliance in a novel! Is it possible for civilization to become so advanced, that instead of advancing forward, society would have to backtrack? George Orwell certainly believed so. At the end of the 1940s, Orwell could see this conundrum taking place in the very near future; in fact, in 1984. That is exactly what he wrote the book Nineteen Eighty-Four about. In a world where thought is a crime and everyone’s every move is being scrutinized, our protagonist, Winston Smith, is slowly coming to terms with society’s lack of freedom. One’s every move must be done with care, as the smallest deviation from the norm could result in death by torture. With the advance of technology and the power of The Party, Orwell’s imagined world of 1984 is frightening yet revealing at the same time. In this futuristic society of Oceania where everyone desires equal wealth and freedom, The Party feels obliged to control the hierarchy of the nation. Through stunning and impressive logic, Orwell explains the three basic principles that The Party is justified to base society on: war is peace, freedom is slavery, and ignorance is strength. Orwell’s remarkable masterpiece of a tale raises and exposes some stunning ethical issues that the world faces today. He cleverly questions the nature of man, love, and the individual, and the right to power in modern society. Although he portrays a world that may seem far-fetched and unrealistic, it is shocking and unnerving at the number of resemblances the terrifying world of Nineteen Eighty-Four bears to our society. A must read for any mature teen over the age of 14, Nineteen Eighty-Four offers some fresh and realistic insights into the complex world of international politics today.
Date published: 2007-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book is full of wonderful imagery. 1984, was published is 1949, and was wat George Orwell thought what the future would look like. Powerful Governments and manipulation, was what he thought we had to look forward to. Was Orwell wrong? This has been a debate topic for many years. "It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. Winston Smith, his chin nuzzled into his breast in an effort to escape the vile wind, slipped quickly through the glass doors of Victory Mansions, though not quickly enough to prevent a swirl of gritty dust from entering along with him." I think this book is simply amazing, and you shouldn't be turned off by its many pages!
Date published: 2006-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Prophetic Nightmare “It was one of those pictures which are so contrived that the eyes follow you about when you move. BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU, the caption beneath is ran…” Big Brother, Thought Police, Room 101. These are words that are commonly used in the English language, yet many are ignorant as to where they have come from. Without realizing it George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four has leeched into modern society. The words in question are not by themselves frightful but when used in the context of Nineteen Eighty-Four, they paint a horrifying picture. Big Brother is a seemingly omnipotent being who watches and enforces control over the citizens of Oceania. Thought Police is an organization that seeks out anti-government ideas and actions and brainwashes the citizens of Oceania to follow the beliefs of the masses. Room 101 is the room that reveals and holds your greatest fears. These words emphasize the terror in the novel of Nineteen Eighty-Four, the novel its self is the greatest work of George Orwell whoes dystopian novels remind us of the true cost of freedom. The World of 1984 is one of the most memorable things about the novel. The world is divided amongst three superpowers, Oceania, Eurasia and Eastasia. These nations are ruled by totalitarian and seemingly fascist governments who flood their nations with lies and misinformation designed to manipulate the population. The three nations are seemingly always warring with each other, when in fact the war is a lie, an excuse to oppress the citizens and deny them freedoms. The novel itself is centered around three people, Winston Smith who works for the Ministry of Truth changing the news and history to suit the will of the leaders and Julia, a young woman who falls in love with Winston, despite the dangers that their love poses on them. Finally is O’Brian, a senior member of the Party who outwardly develops a friendship with Winston over their hatred of the ruling caste. The story is riveting and full of amusing parts and the twist at the end will shock and terrify you. The story of Nineteen Eighty-Four is not the shock that one gets from watching a horror movie, or seeing a sickening or gory scene. The horror in this book is the insidious horror of realizing that what you believe and stand for might be a lie. When we look a Nineteen Eighty-Four, we must look at what caused George Orwell to create such a epic tale. But before we can look any further, we must understand that George Orwell wrote this, not as a work of fiction, or even a warning. George Orwell wrote Nineteen Eighty-Four as a prophetic suggestion, not of what could happen, but what would happen. George Orwell’s other work speak for his predilection for writing novels about dystopia and oppression. His novel Burmese Days discusses the waning days of imperialism, and the power of the few over the many. One of his other, more famous works Animal Farm examined the roots of totalitarianism and the effects on a people, George Orwell always believed that a revolution would come whether it would be a Socialist/Communist Revolution from the workers, or a Fascist revolution from the leaders. He also believed the fact that no matter how well intentioned it would be, all revolutions would end in tyranny and oppression. George Orwell’s thought about revolution, tyranny and what the future would hold come together to form a cohesive and deceptively frightening novel about the year 1984. "You asked me once," said O'Brien, "what was in Room 101. I told you that you know the answer already. Everybody knows. The thing in Room 101 is the worst thing in the world."
Date published: 2006-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from so close 1984 is in some ways, so close to today's society: big brother, surveillance, fear, etc... I definitely recommend this book
Date published: 2006-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Frightening Similarities! Orwell wrote 1984 in 1948 and it was published shortly after. Over 50 years ago he wrote about a lot of technology that we use on a daily basis now. In this totalitarianist society the government controls everything you do... and THINK! Although that isn't the case for us today, much of what Orwell writes about is possible in the not so distant future. I would definitely recommend this novel to anyone who loves to read.
Date published: 2006-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Good Book! This book is the portrayal of what it truly means to be living in a totalitarianist society. It is highly descriptive throughout the entire novel. You can read it countless times and it will never occur to you that you have already read it. Orwell did a terrific job with this novel and I would recommend it to anyone!
Date published: 2006-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mandatory Reading I won't gush on and on and on about the novel because I don't expect that's the most helpful information for prospective readers since it doesn't offer much in the way of critical commentary. Thus, in a nutshell, the reason why I consider this novel to be one of the best ever written is because of its chilling insight into human nature, particularly humanity's greedy obsession with power, and how technology holds the potential to bring out the worst in us. I also enjoyed Orwell's insights into how language can be manipulated to shape the way we think about the world and about ourselves. On the other side of things, his characters were memorable but didn't, in my opinion, offer as probing of an insight into the human psyche as much as I would have liked for a novel of this stature. While certainly worth reading, "Nineteen Eighty-Four" is more about the inate tendencies of humankind ("human nature") rather than the deliberate shaping of the human mind -- such as you're more likely to find in an author like Doestoevsky. This is mandatory reading for everyone, but especially for enthusiasts of dystopia.
Date published: 2006-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply buy it! George Orwell's 1984 has a truely timeless quality and accordingly captivates generations. His distopia is not set on distant planets or with enforced with far fetched technology (Big Brother), but rather he creates a political spectrum to which, today, we seem to moving towards. Orwell's uses his profound acumen to exam not only our political world and societal values but also the human condition (especailly rebellion). After reading this book once, you will either be thankful you purchased it, or disappointed you must return it. Don't force youself to be disapointed.
Date published: 2006-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Chilling & Epic Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell, the satire that made him one of the most influential in our planets history. The story is of Winston, a man ridden with hate for the governing Big Brother and attempts to rebel, but is later seized, holded, tortured and converted. A story of the affects of totalialism and that what a frightening world it would be if we lived like this, yet when comparing it to our world, there are similarities. The quote I live by is Cogito ergo sum meaning I think; therefore, I Am and this novel changed the way I observe life today and how maybe that quote can be changed. Great book, not the greatest novel ever written , but great in its own right for sure.
Date published: 2005-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Newspeak Truly amazing, best distopia ever.
Date published: 2005-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING This novel was sugested to me for a grade 10 english asignment, and I cannot thank my teacher enough. I am currently stopping by the store so I can purchase a copy for myself, I believe this is the best novel I have EVER read and I can see myself refering back to this novel throughout my education years in essays and everyday work. An amazing read and I would suggest it to anyone who enjoys being locked into a novel front to back.
Date published: 2005-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from DoubleThink don't think twice, this book is pretty damn good, and if u read it u'll know what the title of this review means.
Date published: 2005-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book Ever! 1984 changed the way I think about society. The underlying message of the book is so profound. We are brainwashed by our goverment. It inspired so many other books and so many other ideas, it really is one of the greatest books ever written!
Date published: 2005-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Big Brother In North America Its frightening how George Orwell's society of 1984 is so similiar to our own North American society (both Canada and the U.S.) The novel 1984 is an excellent socio-political work and is more relevant to our so-called western democracies today than it ever was in the past. I give this book 2 thumbs up.
Date published: 2004-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chilling Orwell's tale offers one a horrifying glance into absolute power. The ending leaves one feeling utterly helpless and hopeless. The story is a warning, and is one that should be heeded with the greatest of reverence. How far fetched is Orwell's vision? Although Bush and his boys have thrown North Korea into the 'axis of evil' terrorist stew, North Korea's regime is shockingley similar to Orwell's nightmare. Bush may have had different motivations for calling North Korea evil, but the evil it surely is. All hail the 'great leader'-how spooky is that?
Date published: 2004-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well-written masterpiece I was told to read this by a friend, however, I kept avoiding it. When I finally got around to reading it, I couldn't put it down. The ending was so surprising, and everything different and new to me. It was creepy thinking about the telescreens, and orwell definitely put some new ideas into my head.
Date published: 2003-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Master of Minds This book is great anyone who says otherwise should be beaten with a stick. Also compair this novel to the united states...Very interesting.
Date published: 2003-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Big Brother Is Watching You. This classic novel, written in the late 1940s, is deeply imaginative and intriguing. Orwell’s insight into politics and human nature is brilliantly expressed throughout the novel, which vividly depicts a society in which people’s lives are monitored and controlled to an unprecedented degree. Many parallels can be drawn between this “futuristic” government structure and several present-day political regimes. Orwell’s ideas are clearly articulated and well expressed, while the story itself thoroughly engages the reader. Many of the concepts introduced in this novel have become embedded into the collective conscience of western nations. This novel should be taught in Canadian classrooms.
Date published: 2003-03-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing and utterly horrid I can't think of enough negative adjectives to describe the level sheer disgust I felt after finishing this wretched novel. Not only was it horribly long and drawn out (Part 1 serves no purpose), Orwell failed miserably in creating memorable and or simply interesting characters. After reading Animal Farm, a relatively interesting and insightful read, 1984 was an utter disappointment. In sum, I would rather throw myself onto a pit of flaming spikes than look at this book ever again. It was a complete waste of time and I regret the time I spent torturing myself with its presence.
Date published: 2003-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from intriuging This novel explores the unexplored, it demonstrates the power of a dictatorship and, at the time, it entered the futuristic barrier rarely crossed. Orwell exemplifies the human condition and shows our frail state of mind.
Date published: 2002-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 1984 Orwell's 1984 was an insight as to how a religious parallel could be used to control an entire world. Good job George.
Date published: 2002-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Future Today 1984 is the best book of political satire ive read to date. The most astonishing fact about the book is the fact that it was written in 1948. The populairity of this classic will serve as a model for all who wish to write a politically motivated novel.
Date published: 2001-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A book everyone should read! I'd like everyone in the world to read this book, George Orwell is and was a genius politically... read it and even compare it to past or present society if you like because you can. It will change
Date published: 2001-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 1984 this is the most amazing book on totalitarianism. The portrail of the future of a total command economy is chilling. This book combines fact with fiction to bring life to a book based on the beleives of one man, George Orwell. I would highly recomend this book for those who want more reality instiled in their minds.
Date published: 2001-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Thought-Provoking Scare "'If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face -- for ever'" (230). The novel, 1984, portrays the future our world beholds with a totalitarian regime. In Spain, Germany, and Russia, Orwell had seen for himself the peril of absolute political authority in an age of advanced technology; he illustrated that peril harshly in 1984. Along with Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, Orwell's book is the most famous member of the genre of the distopian novel. In a utopian novel, the writer aims to portray the perfect human society; in a novel of negative utopia, the goal is the exact opposite--to show the worst human society imaginable, and to convince readers to avoid any path that might lead toward such societal degradation. Orwell successfully demonstrates the darkest of lives in that of Winston Smith’s, and captures the reader for hours upon end, pondering the effects of our world today and what our media consumed society will soon lead to.
Date published: 2001-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Warnings for the Future George Orwell has written many amazing books and has changed his styles of writing for each. But of all his books that I have read 1984 stands out as being so close to what is today and what is planned for our future that when you finish reading it you look at the world in a more critical way. I have to write an essay on this book and there are so many layers to 1984, I'll be here all night! ;)
Date published: 2001-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book in history! This is the epitomy of political novels. The symbolism, ideas and meanings in this novel are unsurpassed. The purpose of the novel had, has and always will touch the core of human civilisation. It serves as a warning and as a testament to what could have been or could happen if we are not vigilant. It will recieve my vote as being the best book I have ever read.
Date published: 2001-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a classic masterpiece 1984 is by far and large my favourite book. Its one book I never get tired of reading, and everytime I do I see things differently. It does start off and waddle through slowly in the middle but the ending is terrific and leaves you thinking - thoroughly ensconced in the world of 1984. And seems like in todays world War IS Peace (if you make other people fight wars), Freedom is Slavery (how much freedom is freedom?), and Ignorance is strength (US election anyone?).. Big Brother is everywhere. Those telescreens can't be too far away. I could go on for ages. anyways, to conclude, 1984 is a must buy/read.
Date published: 2000-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WARNING DO NOT READ THIS BOOK IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO THINK A LITTLE DIFFERENT AFTER READING THIS BOOK. I swear it has changed my life. It will give you a new outlook in life, and expand your thinking of society and our world in which we live in. It makes me think, "Why are things like they are?" Everything happens for a reason, and you are able to see a new take on how things have played out and will play out.
Date published: 2000-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hope within Horror The novel 1984 is one of those rare novels that offer a frightening view of human nature and societies past and present. Even though most say the ending does not suit the book, it is necessary to achieve the full effect of horror, yet still maintain the idea of hope. It is a satirical novel that reflects the human condition at its best and worst and is also a prediction of what could and just might come true. A though-provoking novel recommended to anyone who enjoys a good read.
Date published: 2000-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magnanamous An amazingly satirical novel, writin in a time which provoked its writing, yet still as absoute and strong in its message today as it was then. The lead takes a pathetic fall by the end of this novel, yet not at all pathetic is the way in which Orwell completely grasps and defines the hopelessness of his world. The anti-utopia that Orwell so consistently depicts in this book is by all means only a shallow mirror image of the world he must have invisioned would exist only a few short years after his own demise. He is a master of description, without being so tactlessly lyrical as most would. He regrets the world he creates yet does not impose this regret upon the reader. This is a chillingly honeste glance into a potential future, which all humanity must work toward preventing. If you enjoy political-fiction this is a must-read!
Date published: 2000-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nineteen Eighty-Four Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell is prbably the best example of political drama in literature today. It is truly the most shocking, insightful, daring book of the 20th century. For those audiences who can understnad Orwell's meaning this is a must read!War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is strength
Date published: 2000-10-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Outstanding material ! 1984 is about a society where freedom and rights are prohibited from the people. The Georage Orwellian's world is divided into 3 states. The state of East Asia, Eurasian, and Oceania. The story is taken place in Oceania, where people who live in the State are told constantly having war with either of the other states...........This is a very special book because people are reminded of using their freedom properly, so that we'll never lose ot/...
Date published: 2000-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Detailed That It's Scary! When I first picked up this book, I found it hard to grasp. Newspeak, Big Brother, doublethink... what were these? But as the story progressed I found myself getting more and more interested in the tale of Winston Smith- particularly because his girlfriend bore the same name as I. I must confess that the main reason I picked up 1984 was not because it was a classic, and there wasn't even a school assignment. It was because someone told me that the name of the new program Big Brother was from the novel 1984, which piqued my curiosity. Could there really be an omniscient being, and how did he operate? I have read 1984 and these two questions have been answered. George Orwell's tale of omnipresent government and "reality control" scared the living daylights out of me because every word was so carefully chosen, so precise in its purpose, that I could almost feel Oceania around me, controlling its inhabitants' every move. I urge you to read this book. Entire chapters have been devoted to descriptive passages in 1984, a story that any reader will always remember.
Date published: 2000-07-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Orwell's 1984 This book would be a 5 if not for the lack of clarity in the end. I recommend reading it for yourself for a number of reasons: 1) Orwell's language usage is very important and cannot be conveyed in notes, 2) the book isn't that long, and that's what your test/paper is over, isn't it?, and 3) You have no right to an opinion about the book unless you've read Orwell's actual writing, which is excellent. It causes you to use your brain, you think about it for weeks after you've finished.
Date published: 2000-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 1984 I was especially intrigued with Orwell's prophecy that the government would control the masses with pornography and support LOW class prostitution!
Date published: 2000-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A lasting impression A masterpiece of words conformed to thoughts and turned into sentances on a page. Everything about this book, from the writing style to the way in which the world the plot revolves around is beutifully planed out. The characters are realistic even when set in a fantastical world, there is a true believabillity to the story which rings home when you think about WWII or what's happening with the politics in China. Truely an inspiring novel and a warning never to be forgotten. -steven
Date published: 2000-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Big Brother Winston Smith and the people of his society are being watched by Big Brother. Truly an amazing piece of literature.
Date published: 1999-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Even more chilling than you remember The famous story of man's power over man taken to its ultimate (and horrifyingly logical) limits. In an England where the Fascists won WWII, freedom is what you get when you give yourself to the Party, body, soul and -- finally -- mind. What makes it so memorable is the plausibility of it all -- you can't find a single psychological misstep anywhere, no comforting sense that you, the reader, would have behaved any differently. It may not be quite as immediately relevant as it was, say, ten years or so ago, but it still serves as a grim warning against intellectual complacency.
Date published: 1999-06-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Read the book! You are better off reading 1984 rather then depending on the Coles notes. The Coles notes miss so many important points, its not funny.
Date published: 1999-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 1984 A frightening portrayal of a futuristic society where even a thought can be crime. Imagine a world where your TV can look back at you, and a word muttered in sleep can land you in jail. Love is not allowed, and history is not to be remembered. This is the world of Winston Smith, a misfit who rebels against the system. This chilling tale really makes you wonder how much control politicians and the media have over our lives. If you enjoy it, try reading Brave New World and Farenheit 451.
Date published: 1999-05-06

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1984

by George Orwell

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: October 17, 1983

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0547249640

ISBN - 13: 9780547249643

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In 1984, London is a grim city where Big Brother is always watching you and the Thought Police can practically read your mind. Winston is a man in grave danger for the simple reason that his memory still functions. Drawn into a forbidden love affair, Winston finds the courage to join a secret revolutionary organization called The Brotherhood, dedicated to the destruction of the Party. Together with his beloved Julia, he hazards his life in a deadly match against the powers that be.
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