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Nineteen Eighty Four

by George Orwell

Penguin UK (PB) | July 29, 2008 | Trade Paperback

Nineteen Eighty Four is rated 3.875 out of 5 by 8.

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...

Nineteen Eighty-Four is George Orwell's terrifying vision of a totalitarian future in which everything and everyone is slave to a tyrannical regime.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 pages, 7.25 × 4.5 × 0.85 in

Published: July 29, 2008

Publisher: Penguin UK (PB)

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0141036141

ISBN - 13: 9780141036144

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic read So I just finished reading this novel and I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. While at times the writing style was complex and difficult to understand, the plot, characters, and overall story of 1984 was unique and interesting. Winston Smith lives in Oceania, one of the three superstates within the world at that time. He is part of the Outer Party, a group of individuals who have no personal freedom. They are constantly being monitored by telescreens within their homes, their workplaces and even outside on the streets. Freedom is something Winston can barely remember ever having, and something he can only imagine possessing within this corrupt society. The other members of society come together to form the Inner Party and the Proles. Winston seems to remember a dream he once had where O'Brian, a fellow worker, walked down a dark corridor looking room, quickly passing Winston telling him, "We will meet in the room where there is no darkness." This will come into play later on in the novel. One day while at work, a young dark haired woman whom Winston had already decided he hated, bumps into him purposely leaving a paper with the words, "I Love You." Astonished, Winston tries to find a moment to speak with her within the next few days. They finally have a moment alone and Julia gives him specific instructions for a meeting place. So basically, they meet with each other and they begin to have feelings for each other. Obviously, their relationship is against Party rule, but in a way, that excites them, especially Julia who has had previous relationships with Party members. I won't spoil the rest of the novel, so I'll stop right there. Overall, I quite enjoyed this novel and will probably read it in the future sometime.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 1984 by George Orwell Most people have to read this novel as a study in high school, and I’ve heard several great things about 1984 although I really had no idea what it was about. From the first page the writing style hooked me in, the descriptions of a drab sort of lifeless world emerged right away. The fact that the protagonist was so anxious about writing in his diary set the reader into the reality of Winston’s world. The fact that Orwell has created such a society and government that is not similar to anything we have in modern day makes the story captivating and completely unique. Not only does he go into detail about the governmental issues and the inner workings of Oceanic politics, the novel has its own language and a completely different mind set. I don’t think I’ve ever read a story which I thought showed as much originality and creativity. Not only that, but the story makes the reader think, I was trying to grasp all the ideas the party was trying to force into Winston’s head as the story rounded the ending. The words used to actually tell the story matched the world in which Orwell was describing. Drab, dirty, dark and full of hatred. AMAZING. A 5 OUT OF 5. I would recommend this book to any young reader, especially somebody interested in political theories and even psychology. Just brilliant. For more reviews check out my tumblr: spasticmooseful.tumblr.com or blogspot: insubstanial.blogspot.com
Date published: 2014-07-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Unintriguing work of pure imagination 1984. George Orwell. New York: New American Library, 1949. 297 pages. 1984 is a story that exposes the countless flaws within a society that is being governed by a totalitarian government. It also greatly revolves around the inhumane practices such a government would apply to stay in power. Themes of nationalism and censorship are evident and seem to be the main focuses explored throughout the book. 1984 was originally intended to be the future dystopia that George Orwell believed the world was quickly becoming, however, due to the boring plot and a small cast of two dimensional characters that were built upon an ignorant and overall stupid society makes the story more like a fantasy, rather than a glimpse of something that could actually happen in the world we live in. The easily predictable plot and lack of imagery used causes this book to be uninteresting and rather painful to continue on with. The main protagonist Winston Smith is struggling to break free from the clutches of Big Brother and the Party, which is essentially the government of the world he lives in. The social norm involves conforming to the authority of this absolute power by giving up all individuality. Winston is faced with many trials and tribulations on his lonely journey of rebellion, which has minimal hope for success. This dystopian novel would be best suited for young adults due to the intricate concepts about politics and the historical knowledge needed to fully comprehend the deeper meaning and literary devices used in the story. However due to shallow, flat characters mixed with a predictable plot carrying very few turning points, 1984 is monotonous and downright boring. Lacking in radical responses that would be carried out by normal human beings as well as their emotions and sanity causes the book to appear to be a flight of imagination. Therefore, it is unbelievable that this book has any ties with history, and even harder to imagine as a vision of what our own world will become.
Date published: 2014-04-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Creative yet Boring 1984, made in 1948 during the start of the Cold War where the U.S (Capitalists) fought against the Soviet Union (Communists) is a popular book that brought in the worst fears of capitalists through satire to create a sensational book of its time. George Orwell exploited people’s hate for communism during the Cold War bringing this book to light. In today’s society this book would rather be boring and tedious as it lacks relevance compared to when it was actually a big topic. The plot of this story did not captivate me nor interest me at all. The way the story was wrote left in way too many unnecessary details and quickly bores the reader. The first chapter left us with an introduction that was many pages too long. The scenes in this book were way over detailed creating a slow book that bores the reader. This book was not interesting and did not keep the reader hooked at all. 1984 seems like it was a short story that was over extended into hundreds of pages to create a book. The book is long and pointless in modern time besides giving a dark story that lowers your outlook on life. Despite the boring plot, I believe that if this book wasn’t as slow and wrote in today’s modern society, the book could be a lot more interesting. The ending of 1984 is unsatisfying but it helped exploit people’s fear of communism back in the Cold War. 1984 has done well in convincing us the evils of a dystopian society but leaves out important information such as society outside of Oceania and how a dystopian society affects the rest of the world. Many of George Orwell’s points for example: Newspeak was not convincing. Newspeak expected people to talk in a flawless way that made people never be able to rebel against the totalitarian government yet it is able to feed propaganda to people against organizations such as the Brotherhood. Only relatable thing this book has to modern people is how you follow society today without a second thought. George Orwell’s 1984 is a pointless and boring book that no longer has relevance to many modern day people besides the reminder that a utopia will never happen because of corruption and propaganda by an absolute government.
Date published: 2014-04-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A terrifying world This is the story of man who has been having thoughts. The dangerous kind. The kind of thoughts that the government doesn't want him to have. A woman gives him a secret message. Maybe he isn't the only one doubting BIG BROTHER? Can she be trusted? Or is she an agent of the THOUGHT POLICE? He has heard about the BROTHERHOOD. Could they be real?
Date published: 2014-02-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Frightening Big Brother, the Thought Police, Hate Week, Newspeak - all are disturbing components of this dark, frightening tale of a dystopian, futuristic society made popular by George Orwell. I prefer 1984 over other dystopian novels such as Fahrenheit 451 or Brave New World because of the considerable depth it devotes to explaining why and how this society came to be which I found lacking in the others. The psychology behind the hunger and dangers of supreme power in the hands of a few and the evil corruption it so inevitably breeds is so strongly elucidated and in such a diabolical fashion, it makes for a compelling read. The most frightening aspect is some of the concepts can be seen taking form in today’s society….
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Book This is a haunting and tragic tale of a dystopic existence under a totalitarian regime. Imagine being in 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. You are being watched, and under mind control. This book explains a very sad reality of what could happen if we are totally controlled by a powerful and demanding government. 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 was different and new to me. I recommend this book to anyone no matter how knowledgeable they are at politics.
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 1984 A classic for sure, this book should a book that everyone reads in their lives. Just going into reading the book know that it is a book you are really going to have to think about. It is not a light, easy read. Yet, while saying that, this book is amazing and will open your eyes to what is really going on in the world. It makes you consider what you know and what you don't know.
Date published: 2013-10-28

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Nineteen Eighty Four

by George Orwell

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 pages, 7.25 × 4.5 × 0.85 in

Published: July 29, 2008

Publisher: Penguin UK (PB)

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0141036141

ISBN - 13: 9780141036144

From the Publisher

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...

Nineteen Eighty-Four is George Orwell's terrifying vision of a totalitarian future in which everything and everyone is slave to a tyrannical regime.

About the Author

George Orwell was born Eric Hugh Blair in 1903 in Motihari in Bengal, India and later studied at Eton for four years. Orwell was an assistant superintendent with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma. He left the position after five years and then moved to Paris, where he wrote his first two books, Burmese Days and Down and Out In Paris. Orwell then moved to Spain to write but decided to join the United Workers Marxist Party Militia. After being decidedly opposed to communism, Orwell served in the British Home Guard and with the Indian Service of the BBC during World War II. He started writing for the Observer and was literary editor for the Tribune. Soon after he published the world-famous book, Animal Farm, which became a huge success for Orwell. It was then towards the end of his life when Orwell wrote Nineteen Eighty-Four. George Orwell died on January 23, 1950 in London.
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