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byGeorge Orwell

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It is 1984. The world is in a state of perpetual war and Big Brother sees and controls all. Winston Smith, a member of the Outer Party and propaganda-writer at the Ministry of Truth, is keeping a journal he should not be keeping and falling in love with Julia, a woman he should not be seeing. Outwardly compliant, Winston dreams of rebellion against the oppressive Big Brother, risking everything to recover his lost sense of individuality and control of his own future.

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It is 1984. The world is in a state of perpetual war and Big Brother sees and controls all. Winston Smith, a member of the Outer Party and propaganda-writer at the Ministry of Truth, is keeping a journal he should not be keeping and falling in love with Julia, a woman he should not be seeing. Outwardly compliant, Winston dreams of rebe...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:October 11, 2011Publisher:HarperCollins CanadaLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply amazing One of the best books ever! A powerful story, amazing imagery, everybody should read this book! It's a masterpiece.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Masterpiece Probably the greatest book I will ever read.
Date published: 2014-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Terrific Frightening as it captures many truths in common histerias.
Date published: 2014-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Who controls the present... What can I say about this book that hasn't already been said? I had wanted to read this one for quite some time, but I didn't feel I was ready for it. And, after having read it, I'm still not ready for it. The message in his interpretation of the future is, in my opinion, that as much as things seem to change, they'll always stay the same, no matter who you are, what you do, or what you think you can do to change it. The story in itself is quite bleek, but somewhere in all of it, there remains a tiny glimmer of hope, something that you might not expect. If you have not read 1984 yet, make sure you put it top of your must read list.
Date published: 2014-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 1984 or 2084 .. will remain relevant Still relevant. Slow read in the middle. But worth it.
Date published: 2014-01-27
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: 2013-07-30
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: 2013-07-09
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: 2013-04-16
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: 2013-04-16
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: 2013-01-16
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: 2012-07-11
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: 2012-06-19
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: 2011-07-01
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 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 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 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 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 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