Nineteen Eighty-four

Nineteen Eighty-four

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"Nineteen Eighty-Four" revealed George Orwell as one of the twentieth century's greatest mythmakers. While the totalitarian system that provoked him into writing it has since passed into oblivion, his harrowing cautionary tale of a man trapped in a political nightmare has had the opposite fate: its relevance and power to disturb our complacency seem to grow decade by decade. In Winston Smith's desperate struggle to free himself from an all-encompassing, malevolent state, Orwell zeroed in on tendencies apparent in every modern society, and made vivid the universal predicament of the individual.
Publisher: Leicester, England : Charnwood, 1982.
Edition: Complete and unabridged, Large print ed. --
ISBN: 9780708980279
Branch Call Number: LP FIC Orwel
Characteristics: 430 p.
Alternative Title: 1984


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Nov 06, 2014

It deserves more than 5 stars.

Jul 11, 2012

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….

May 17, 2012

A perfectly bleak picture of the future where reality is whatever the controlling power says it is. The language that Orwell introduced in this book is so influential in our politics that it's worth reading to see how Orwell's ideas permeate our society today.


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May 17, 2012

"...History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right. I know, of course, that the past is falsified, but it would never be possible for me to prove it, even when I did the falsification myself. After the thing is done, no evidence remains. The only evidence is inside my own mind, and I don't know with any certainty that any other human being shares my memories..."

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