Nineteen Eighty Four by George OrwellNineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell

Nineteen Eighty Four

byGeorge Orwell

Mass Market Paperback | July 29, 2008

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Renowned urban artist Shepard Fairey's new look for Orwell's classic dystopian tale One of Britain's most popular novels, George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four is set in a society terrorised by a totalitarian ideology propagated by The Party. 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. The novel also coined many new words and phrases which regular appear in popular culture, such as 'Big Brother', 'thoughtcrime', 'doublethink' and 'Newspeak'.
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...
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Title:Nineteen Eighty FourFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 7.11 × 4.39 × 0.82 inPublished:July 29, 2008Publisher:Penguin UkLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Dark, terrifying, gripping...couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2017-10-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eerie Terrifyingly familiar... a harrowing warning to democratic nations today.
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Some good ideas explored by Orwell Personally, I found this book incredibly dull (but I don't like most old novels). That said, Orwell basically predicted the future, and all kids in high school should at least study it.
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A staple for any avid reader Although this personally wasn't my favourite book, I would have to say that it is something that everybody should read, and I did enjoy the overall conspiracy within the plot.
Date published: 2017-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Have to focus A very interesting read, but this is definitely not light reading. Sometimes I had to read a page a couple times just to understand what was going on. Very good read though, and it really speaks to the society in which we live today #plumreview
Date published: 2017-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not a light read A good book to get down with but not light reading. Keeps you interested in an intense way.
Date published: 2017-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my all-time favourites I first read this book for an independent study unit in grade 9, and loved it. I've since taken up reading it at least once a year, and each time, I'm as impacted as the first time I read. Love George Orwell and definitely recommend his work for anyone interested in philosophy, politics or dystopic themes.
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Thinkpiece. This book is good because of its relevance to the real world. For example, with increasing technologies, privacy and security are becoming increasingly invasive - even if we welcome it. It's a good book to read for discussions on politics (think alternative media), philosophy (free will) and the general social sciences.
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still Gives Me Nightmares I first read this in grade 8. I subsequently re-read it in High School, College and most recently as an audio book. My son and daughter have recently read it for the first time. The scariest thing about this book is the fact this dystopian world is only a whisper away. Almost everything George Orwell predicted(technologically) has come to pass. It's only a matter of if (God help us, when) the wrong people decide to make use of these new tech marvels. This book, even though written almost 70 years ago about a future that is 30 years in our past is as riveting now as it was when I read for the first time, almost 40 years ago. History re-written on a daily basis, police arresting you for wrong thinking, your own children turned against you for the betterment of "the party". Still give me shudders!! If you never have read this book, READ IT! If you have read it, READ IT AGAIN!
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic - Great Read! A timeless classic and a great book to get one thinking of how the world as we know it works and how we react to the world around us.
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite dystopian novels! This must be studied in all schools. True classic that is engaging and easy to read and touches many interesting topics and provokes analytical thinking.
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible This is one of the best written novels of all time. It is shocking to see so many of these disgraceful acts in the book actually replicate in real life. Thought provoking and easy enough to understand for teens. A must read for everyone.
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 stars This book is a must read for lovers of political discourse, critical thinking and the human experience. I can't believe I waited this long to read it.
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from alright I liked it, but I think for me it wasn't one I would re-read
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Scary Holy cow. This book really leaves you hopeless. I love it.
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from amazing book amazing, thought provoking book
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrifying especially in today's world. A must read, terrifying, beautiful and sad.
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 1984 A great edition of a novel that is becoming all too chillingly true in today's modern society.
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite books! I read this book back in high school but it is still very relevant to today's day and age. I can be a tough read but once you get into it, you will not regret it.
Date published: 2017-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An excellent commentary on where the future could lead. I read this in July and absolutely fell in love with Orwell's writing. It's a superb elucidation on how the future could easily lead to a totalitarian-operated government where all our basic rights are completely restricted. The fact that this novel remains as relevant as it was in 1948 is chilling and provides great commentary for future generations. Orwell was a self-professed socialist yet his writings were controversies for both the socialist powers and the capitalist powers of the mid-20th century. This provides an individual with the fact that Orwell was far from an indoctrinated, domesticated animal.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Questions I read the entire thing in one sitting. Slightly boring in some parts, but still a good read.
Date published: 2017-08-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh Maybe it is because I was forced to read this as a kid in school but I can't get into the book now, and I seem to remember not being able to get into it then.
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Excellent thought provoking piece of literature. Recommended. Lives up to all of the hype, and is a must read. Many parallels between our society and the society in the novel.
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Captivating Lots of good content packed in this book! It was easy to get confused and lost throughout, but the underlying message is unmistakable.
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Great book, a classic and thrilling to read.
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An unexpectedly decent read I had to read this for my literature class and actually found the book quite interesting, although my teacher absolutely failed at digging out the details and literary techniques.
Date published: 2017-07-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Nah I remember reading this and thinking 'what could be more boring' and then I hit the chapter in the book which was a book in itself and I had my answer...
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic This book is really eyeopening and thought-provoking.
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! This was a really cool story, especially when you consider when it was written. This reality is entirely possible and the social structure as bizarre and complex as it was was very insightful. Definitely makes you think
Date published: 2017-06-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great story Fun read overall and interesting, a classic for a reason.
Date published: 2017-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Re-read it ... The parallel to the world now in 2017 is uncanny....
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This is an absolute must read. Taken the historical context, this is one of the most important works of the 20th century.
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad! It took me forever to read this book. I received it as a gift from a good friend. It's one of her favourite books. I finally chose a weekend to restart it and finish it, and it definitely wasn't a bad read. I just might pick it up again in a few years.
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Want to re-read this! We did an entire section on futuristic novels back in high school and I wasn't prepared for how much I would come to love this genre of books. Really fascinating and disturbing. Must revisit as an adult and read again.
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from not exciting I was quite bored. Though, to be fair, I did not finish the book and missed out on the second half
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Different This book is unlike anything that I have ever read. The government is so focused on what is happening to their people that it forces everyone to be wary of their surroundings. It is strange but welcome.
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Not typically the kind of Utopian novel one is familiar with nowadays. 1984 shows the effects of government too invested into their peoples lives. It's an interesting read, a bit dense, but not too bad once you get into it.
Date published: 2017-05-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Don't think this is the dystopia you're familiar with! I went into this expecting 'ra ra revolution!' and instead got despair and hopelessness. Definitely one of the best dystopian novels ever written, especially because it's one of the few that acknowledges the lack of power individuals hold. A must read!
Date published: 2017-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Sci-Fi One of my favourites; more and more relevant as time goes on
Date published: 2017-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Book Not my favourite book, but I do think it's important to read at least once in your life.
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not good for school read I read the beginning of this many years ago when I was back in school and simply couldn't finish it. It was just so uninteresting. Maybe if I tried again now that I'm older I might actually understand better...
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Considering what's happening in the news recently 1984 is a must read, so much of it is relevant in today's society. A true masterpiece!
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Must Read a must read book. Exceptionally written about a topic that continues to be relevant to us.
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! I liked the mood of part 3 chapter 6 of this book!!
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book...definitely a classic I read this book a long time ago, in high school. Thirty years later, I still find the story fascinating. Definitely a classic! Yes, go read it.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting read 1984 is a very interesting book. It's a bit hard to get into at first, mostly due to odd words that makes it confusing, but once you do it becomes very interesting
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book My father suggested I read it and I'm glad I did because it was such an amazing novel. Whenever a friends asks me what book to buy I will always say 1984! I love this book so much! #plumreviews
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book I enjoyed reading this because I like dystopian type of novels
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It's hard for me I find this book to be hard to get into and really enjoy. It's really taking me way longer to read it than I thought. I would recommend it to others, but for myself it is a struggle. I am going to continue reading it little by little
Date published: 2017-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic and classic Really loved this book! The characters, the plotline, the dialogue. The writing was amazing and intriguing and complex. At times really creepy but you couldn't look away. I loved the unique premise. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic This is a classic dystopian novel that everyone should read, insightful when it was written but still insightful today.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read This book is a classic for a reason! It is so good! Thought provoking and terrifying- must read!
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Dystopian Future Novel 1984 is one of my all time favourite novels. I strongly encourage everyone to read this book!
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book to the future! I love Orwell to begin with, I think his life was amazing. He saw the world what it truly was, and knew the future exactly. I loved his other book animal farm as well. Amazing classics.
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic This was a shockingly insightful and well written book, everyone should read it once!
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from not my fav This book was well written and eerily topical. I did not overly enjoy it and will probably never read it again
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic that will change the way you think about things. this story never gets old.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointing and predictable This book did not keep my interest. I had to restart reading it a few times as I kept putting it down and reaching for another book to read. I eventually did finish the book, it was a bit disappointing to me, based on all that i've heard about the book being amazing, but it was kinda predictable until the end. That's when it became a bit more interesting.
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good concepts, but boring It's scary that Orwell basically predicted the future. His ideas and insight are incredible, but I found the book itself incredibly dull.
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from YES Good book to analyse and to make you think, not a read for fun
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book Good book but super boring
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Relevant and great read! Very relevant and important novel, definitely recommend!
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Memory Read this for English class in high school and still remember it! It's an amazing book, will read it again and again!
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good I had to read this in school for English but it was pretty good.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Wonderful read!! Loved it a lot
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from interesting friends say its good. on my tbr
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing (and terrifying) Read it several times over the years. Never becomes irrelevant. One of my favourite books!
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read! I adored the secret love story, and the message was so relatable to the world we live in today.
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good slow start but get better as it went on
Date published: 2017-02-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good read. It was pretty slow to start in my opinion, but it was a really neat concept for a story. Kind of pretentious and kind of tropey, but I still enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read Finally got around to reading this upon recommendation from a family member - so glad I did!
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nineteen Righty-Four One of my favourite books, Animal Farm will never get old. There is just so much to take away from it, particularly in today's political climate.
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Freedom to read week is Feb 26-Mar 4 With Freedom to Read Week fast approaching this is a classic book to read for the first time or re-read for the umpteenth time.
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!! One of my all time favourites, and a cult classic. A must read!
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read Just as interesting in modern times as it was decades ago.
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Big Brother does not love this book. I do, though! It's a classic for a reason. Make sure to read the forward, to get a better understanding of where the author is coming from. Do yourself a favour and read this book. I'm sure many of you have quoted from this book and didn't even know it. It's a piece of literature that's ingrained in western culture, so deeply that you need to fully understand it. Pick it up today!
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best book I have ever READ! Such an amazing read. I really really enjoyed it. Made my top 3 in 2016.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hauntingly Realistic Orwell's command over narrative shines through in the world of 1984, marking it as a work of genius and sadly, a prediction.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A true classic This book stands the test of time and to this day amazes with its predictions and ideas for the future. Truly eye-opening and revolutionary stuff in here.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so true this book was written a while back but is very relatable in todays time
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Second Read My sister recommended it to me and I'm so glad she did. It was a fantastic read and really shows a dystopian time. When I was reading it for the first time, I was so into it time would just fly by and soon it'd be 2:00am but I wouldn't want to stop. Waiting till it's back in stock to get a copy!
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic This is a book that really makes one think about where the world is headed. Orwell shows that he possesses a mind ahead of its time as many of the things he writes about can be seen today. Absolutely stunning book and one that will open your eyes to the world.
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Blows my Mind Intense plot about the Big Brother and how everyone is being watched.
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Such a good book, had to read it in high school but choose to read it again now :)
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Very good read, interesting and thought provoking.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chilling A classic tale of a dystopian future - leaves lots of food for though.
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic Mindblowing and thought provoking fiction. Still relevant today.
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from meh didn't like it as much as i did when i first read it
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE THIS! Had to read this book way back in high school. Have reread it almost yearly. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking to draw comparisons with the political climate going down in the States and Europe today. Orwell's writing style is clear and easy to understand and considering the time the book was written in is revolutionary. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic I had to read this book for school in the 8th grade, and I'm so glad. It's been one of my favourite books ever since, and it is pretty scary how it still holds true today. Amazing book about a dystopian future and an overbearing government. Definitely a must read.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read! A must read, especially in today's climate. Lots of underlined parts in my copy. Highly recommend this classic to everyone. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Classic. A classic that is definitely thought provoking!
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh I read this when I was in high school. I didn't like it very much then. Not sure if I'll ever reread it. It's ok, but I'm not a fan of the dystopian worlds.
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting I love the idea of Big Brother, and how this story can be relatable today.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a must read! this was before the whole YA dystopian genre became prominent so it actually makes you reflect on the issues of our world today!
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love ! This novel is an amazing read! Orwell starts off by introducing the reader into the terribly grim dark world of Big Brother. The state controls everything and everybody. Orwell has written a fictional story, but you soon realize almost everything Orwell writes about, has happened somewhere in the World. I feel this was Orwell`s message, to warn people that Big Brother can and will spring up anywhere, and at any time.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from important book I read this book for my high school English class. I found it difficult to follow at times, especially with the different usage of vocabulary. The story in general, I found was little slow and at times a little dull. The ending, once I understood it, kind of broke my heart. This is such an important book for our modern day society.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Milestone in Literature I first read this in high school with my grade 12 English class and found myself reading ahead of everyone else. This story is especially important today because we're in the midst of a transition; what was once fiction is now becoming reality. Orwell tackles so many important topics about society, government and the human condition. This is not a book for everyone as it can be dry and unsettling at times but I'd say give it a shot!
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from ok book read this for novel study unit in school. it was hard to understand but fantastic plot
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mandatory read! I read this several years ago and constantly find references to it on a monthly basis. I recommend that it be a mandatory read.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a must read There's a reason this is such an important book! It was great! There were a few dry moments but it really does hold you captive once you enter those pages. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well Done Very well done and moving!
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 1984 Read this for a high school English project after hearing tons of praise for this novel. I ended up enjoying it - Orwell has a great writing style.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Of The Best Novels Ever Written An absolutely plausible nightmare scenario for humanity is laid out in George Orwell's masterpiece. If you are one to be dismissive of things which carry the label of "classic", then you should go against your instincts and READ THIS. It is absolutely engrossing.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sadly prescient #plumreview Quite depressing that what seems totally over-the-top in Orwell's dystopian novel now seem relatively common place.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the first books I Read and loved! One of the first books I Read and loved!
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay Didn't think it would be as good as everyone says it was, and it wasn't.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not as Amazing as Promised A very good book, but not as exciting as promised. This book is often lauded as a classic, but it has periods of boredom. It's saving grace is its concept and execution.
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from decent I heard great this about this classic, so I was very excited when I bought it for sale. However, it didn't live to my expectations. There was no climax, though it was thought provoking.
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Important, but ... I know this book is important, and I'm glad I read it, but I found it very dull. Brave New World, Handmaid's Tale, of Farenheit 451 do the same job in a much more interesting way. I'll probably read it again some day, but no time soon.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unparalleled! I wish I hadn't read this so I could read it for the first time again. 1984 is a grim and gritty novel that deals with the issues of privacy, freedom, and surveillance being completely conquered by an authoritarian government.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book Great storyline that will keep you reading right up to the last page.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it when I was 14, still love it at 22 Read this novel for a book report where we could choose our own novel. Lots of heavy/dark themes, but such a classic dystopian novel. Right up there with Fahrenheit 451 and The Giver as one of my favorite childhood novels.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from There's a reason it's read in school Absolute classic. So many of the themes and ideas in the book can be paralleled today. Anyone who hasn't read it already should.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from More of a premise than a plot. The idea behind this book is beautiful and rich with possibilities, but its actual plot (including characters and dialogue) leaves much to be desired. Still, its a fascinating, horrific, terrifying story. It'll definitely get you thinking. Worth reading, if only to understand all the 1984 references in contemporary society.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epic novel It's crazy how much of what Orwell wrote about during 1948 is so relevant in today's society. This is a must-read!
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yes. I read this 8 years ago for a book review, randomly picking it out because I watched the TV Show Big Brother and heard that it was based off of this novel's premise. Little did I know, this book was a game changer. I was able to fall in love with dystopic novels and now that genre is 95% of what I read. I just recently purchased this book as I never had a copy and am going to read it soon. Can't wait!
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a Great Read! I missed reading out on this in high school so took the chance to read it in my twenties and loved it!
Date published: 2016-11-03
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