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1984: 60th-Anniversary Edition (Plume) [Paperback]

George Orwell , Erich Fromm
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April 1, 1983 0452262933 978-0452262935 60th Anniversary

View our feature on George Orwell’s 1984.

Written in 1948, 1984 was George Orwell's chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, Orwell's narrative is more timely that ever. 1984 presents a "negative utopia," that is at once a startling and haunting vision of the world—so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the power of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of entire generations of readers, or the resiliency of its admonitions—a legacy that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time.


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Among the seminal texts of the 20th century, Nineteen Eighty-Four is a rare work that grows more haunting as its futuristic purgatory becomes more real. Published in 1949, the book offers political satirist George Orwell's nightmare vision of a totalitarian, bureaucratic world and one poor stiff's attempt to find individuality. The brilliance of the novel is Orwell's prescience of modern life--the ubiquity of television, the distortion of the language--and his ability to construct such a thorough version of hell. Required reading for students since it was published, it ranks among the most terrifying novels ever written. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Yet before one has finished reading the nearly bemused first page, it is evident that this is fiction of another order, and presently one makes the distinctly unpleasant discovery that it is not to be satire at all. -- The New York Times Book Review, Mark Schorer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Series: Plume
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; 60th Anniversary edition (April 1, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452262933
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452262935
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4,477 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

GEORGE ORWELL (1903-1950) was born in India and served with the Imperial Police in Burma before joining the Republican Army in the Spanish Civil War. Orwell was the author of six novels as well as numerous essays and nonfiction works.

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653 of 724 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The kind of distressing book you NEED to read... August 7, 2004
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Eric Arthur Blair was an important English writer that you probably already know by the pseudonym of George Orwell. He wrote quite a few books, but many believe that his more influential ones were "Animal farm" (1944) and "1984" (1948).In those two books he conveyed, metaphorically and not always obviously, what Soviet Russia meant to him.

I would like to make some comments about the second book, "1984". That book was written near his death, when he was suffering from tuberculosis, what might have had a lot to do with the gloominess that is one of the essential characteristics of "1984". The story is set in London, in a nightmarish 1984 that for Orwell might well have been a possibility, writting as he was many years before that date. Or maybe, he was just trying to warn his contemporaries of the dangers of not opposing the Soviet threat, a threat that involved a new way of life that was in conflict with all that the English held dear.

Orwell tried to depict a totalitarian state, where the truth didn't exist as such, but was merely what the "Big Brother" said it was. Freedom was only total obedience to the Party, and love an alien concept, unless it was love for the Party. The story is told from the point of view of Winston Smith, a functionary of the Ministry of Truth whose work involved the "correction" of all records each time the "Big Brother" decided that the truth had changed. The Party slogan said that "Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past", and they applied it constantly by "bringing up to date" the past so as to make it coincide with whatever the Party wanted.

From Winston Smith's point of view, many things that scare us are normal.
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139 of 153 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The power of words ... September 15, 2004
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"Animal farm" is to this day one of the best attempts to criticize a totalitarian regime through the means that literature provides: the power of words. George Orwell (1903- 1950) wanted to help others to realize things that for him were evident, and attempted to do so by writing a fable that can easily be read as a satire of the Russian Revolution. Orwell said in an article that "Every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly, against totalitarianism and for democratic Socialism, as I understand it. It seems to me nonsense, in a period like our own, to think that one can avoid writing of such subjects. It is simply a question of which side one takes and what approach one follows".

Orwell also pointed out that "Animal Farm was the first book in which I tried, with full consciousness of what I was doing, to fuse political purpose and artistic purpose into one whole". He succeded beyond his wildest expectations, even though at first nobody wanted to publish this work because it was too controversial.

The plot of this book is relatively easy to grasp, and I think that is probably one of the reasons why it is so popular. Some animals decide to take over the conduction of a farm, because they believe there is too much injustice, and that they would improve the situation if they had the power to do so. They make a revolution, and end up evicting Mr. Jones, the owner of the farm. From that moment onwards, the farm is called "Animal farm"...
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295 of 332 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Four legs good, two legs bad!!!" August 1, 2004
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"Animal Farm" by George Orwell was never required reading for me when I was in school, so it took me some time to finally get around to reading it. I found it to be a complete and enjoyable read that had me hooked from the very first sentence. It is an excellent exercise in symbolism and creative imagination. While the book may be a very short read, it brings a whole lot to the table by giving you an interesting take on how history can be reenacted in the most imaginative ways.

The animals on Mr. Jones' farm have had enough of what they deem to be slavery. They're tired of being ordered around by humans while they see no benefits in their daily work. This is all sparked by a dream that the boar, Major, had about a unique place where animals called the shots and never had to be ordered around by humans ever again. He tells them a revolution is very much needed. When Major dies, the animals act quickly and are able to overthrow the alcoholic farmer and his thugs from his very own farm. The pigs are in charge now, as they claim that they are much smarter than the others and know how to lead. What seems to be paradise quickly transforms into another form of slavery altogether enforced by propaganda and threats from the pigs. And yet, the animals do not know any better, as they are deceived by the new system that gives them the illusion that they are better off than they were with Mr. Jones calling the shots.

The book is greatly inspired by real events that went down during the era of communism in Russia, using animals as the actual people. While it helps to know about that time period, the book is written so well that it is easily understood even if you only know a little about what happened during that time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good book
Published 4 hours ago by Anthony T. Refuerzo
4.0 out of 5 stars A Book That Should Be Read
Although it's a classic with an influence you can't escape, I hated 1984. I realize this visceral reaction fulfills Orwell's intent, which is why I went ahead and gave it four... Read more
Published 18 hours ago by Emily Woodham
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting plot that has you capitivated til the end!
The genius thinking behind the concept of 1984 resonates to issues that arise in present times and all throughout history. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Unknown
5.0 out of 5 stars I had to do a book report on this in ...
I had to do a book report on this in high school nearly 50 years ago. Afraid I didn't "get it" back then. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Thom
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome book!
Best book I have ever read, someone borrow me this book and every since love it, now I got it, awesome hard cover
Published 2 days ago by R. Villalobos
4.0 out of 5 stars Everything I thought it would be.
I know it's a classic, but I am not a fan of the politics in this book. Yes, that was the point of the book, but still.
This should be read.
Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Very depressing. Kept waiting for main character to escape ...
Very depressing. Kept waiting for main character to escape or triumph over Big Brother.
Published 2 days ago by J. Konitzer
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Interesting but predictable. I was definitely expecting something a bit different. Still a good classic read that provides an obvious lesson to learned.
Published 2 days ago by Michelle Kelly
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book and quite pertinent with regards to society in ...
Excellent book and quite pertinent with regards to society in 2014, with all the information that is available on each of us, it is not difficult for society to manipulated in a... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Steve Scrimshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic allegory
Though based on the Russian revolution and subsequent incidents in Russia, this book highlights a very important fact about REVOLUTION, in general. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Anubhav Naskar
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