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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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627 of 690 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 "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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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 My nightmares described on 667 pages.
Orwell captures the essence of perfect subjugation in a dystopian setting. Written with master precision with jewels of wisdom on almost every page. Truly a classic.
Published 4 minutes ago by Good JuJu Woman
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh
Pretty good. I get bored with the long philosophical reading. Otherwise a great book. Well written, I love the characters
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3.0 out of 5 stars Depressing but necessary
I picked this up because it is considered a cautionary warning that folks should read. The message it sends may become more relevant as technology continues to expand and improve... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Stressed1
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read... interesting how current the story seems
This book speaks to how power corrupts. absolutely. started a little slow but definitely picked up and ended too quickly.
Published 1 day ago by sharon gilbert
5.0 out of 5 stars This book was amazing!!!!!
I haven't even finished this book and already want to drown myself in horse semen. I can't even imagine that the author of this book was too much of a pussy to even keep his real... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Devon Costanza
5.0 out of 5 stars THOUGHT PROVOKING AND CHILLING!
I first read Animal Farm in 1965 as a college freshman. I didn't think too much about it back then; there seemed to more pressing interests at the time. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars 1984
Great read, I really liked this book. I would recommend this book be read by all high school aged kids.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Was totally mesmerized.
At 1st I considered the book a bit slow going but that was for a reason as I found out later. The writing was great and very detailed. Read more
Published 2 days ago by KCdeeah
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for everyone
This is a book that become in my opinion one of the 20th century's greatest books. While satirizing and critiquing the rise of communism in Russia, it nevertheless can be a... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Brian Indians Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Read.... But....
This was quite an amazing book. I found myself entranced by the writing style and use of imagery. But I was very dissapoitned
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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
Republicans are evil, Democrats are evil, blah, blah, blah... You'd think we had our own Big Brother/Emmanuel Goldstein right here in the U.S. Don't you guys see the major conflicts in the book being played out in 'miniature' in our own politics? Dems and Repubs pick a few issues they use to... Read more
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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
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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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