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1984 [Kindle Edition]

George Orwell
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In 1984, London is a grim city where Big Brother is always watching you and the Thought Police can practically read your mind. Winston is a man in grave danger for the simple reason that his memory still functions. Drawn into a forbidden love affair, Winston finds the courage to join a secret revolutionary organization called The Brotherhood, dedicated to the destruction of the Party. Together with his beloved Julia, he hazards his life in a deadly match against the powers that be.


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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.

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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

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  • File Size: 1294 KB
  • Print Length: 668 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0156035847
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (September 3, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003JTHWKU
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657 of 729 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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The History Lesson You Wish you Had March 3, 1998
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George Orwell's final novel, 1984, was written amidst the anti-communist hysteria of the cold war. But unlike Orwell's other famous political satire, Animal Farm, this novel is filled with bleak cynicism and grim pessimism about the human race. When it was written, 1984 stood as a warning against the dangerous probabilities of communism. And now today, after communism has crumbled with the Berlin Wall; 1984 has come back to tell us a tale of mass media, data mining, and their harrowing consequences.
It's 1984 in London, a city in the new überstate of Oceania, which contains what was once England, Western Europe and North America. Our hero, Winston Smith works in the Ministry of Truth altering documents that contradict current government statements and opinions. Winston begins to remember the past that he has worked so hard to destroy, and turns against The Party. Even Winston's quiet, practically undetectable form of anarchism is dangerous in a world filled with thought police and the omnipresent two-way telescreen. He fears his inevitable capture and punishment, but feels no compulsion to change his ways.
Winston's dismal observations about human nature are accompanied by the hope that good will triumph over evil; a hope that Orwell does not appear to share. The people of Oceania are in the process of stripping down the English language to its bones. Creating Newspeak, which Orwell uses only for examples and ideas which exist only in the novel. The integration of Newspeak into the conversation of the book. One of the new words created is doublethink, the act of believing that two conflicting realities exist. Such as when Winston sees a photograph of a non-person, but must reason that that person does not, nor ever has, existed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great classic tale with a powerful political message
Great examination of humanity's desire for power can overwhelm the noblest of causes. Orwell definitely knew how to make his point poignantly.
Published 3 hours ago by Samantha Vazquez
5.0 out of 5 stars Societes of control then and now...
Orwell's capability to foresee what sadly has happened in social and political relations since the cold war, all through dirty wars and societies of control, it's both astonishing... Read more
Published 13 hours ago by etienne velázquez archundia
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read
Great classic!
Published 15 hours ago by Kaylynn Temple
3.0 out of 5 stars It was good
I would recommend this book to anyone. It was a good read but needed something more for a higher rating.
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Published 17 hours ago by roger lee burke
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic!
A classic.
Published 23 hours ago by Scott Gervaise
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
I have learned from this book that communism is bad I do not want it in the USA this book has done a great job explaining that
Published 1 day ago by Jacob Aguilar
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible book, must to read!!
Incredible book, must to read!!
Published 1 day ago by qengji
5.0 out of 5 stars Profoundly prophetic.
Missed it by a few years...
Published 1 day ago by Charles van pelt
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling.
It's the play book for Obama and the NSA.

You should read so you know what to expect.
Published 2 days ago by Frank
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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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How do you like the Patriot Act now?
It was just recently extended by Obama. of course he determined that you have no e-mail privacy as well and GPS tracking of cell phone users is okay w/o a warrant too.
Jun 22, 2010 by G. Howard |  See all 3 posts
Very Bushian
None of this Bush-bashing, however much fun it apparently is, has anything to do with what the book's about, or even this comment thread. Actually, I find your attitude that apparently follows the "there never was a bad peace or a good war" idea very 1984-like in itself. Better to live... Read More
Jul 7, 2008 by Gary Bisaga |  See all 37 posts
Welcome to the 1984 forum
you don't have a television that can receive the mainstream media and little else?
There's your telescreen right there. It's not yet sending data back on your behaviour (except of course that your cable box sends back which channels you watch when and for how long, whether you obediently watch... Read More
Sep 16, 2010 by J. T. Wenting |  See all 7 posts
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Bethy: You didn't say WHY you hated her (there are any number of reasons why one would). She is not a "hero" -- there are none in this book; at best she is one of the struggle rabble ("proles" who a a group are having their humanity squeezed out of them by a social structure... Read More
Jul 8, 2008 by Robert Boyle |  See all 10 posts
Lack of quality control in Kindle ebooks - 1984
I concur. The double spacing, areas of font size changes, and lack of a table of contents are UNACCEPTABLE for the price.
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