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The year is 1984; the scene is London, largest population center of Airstrip One.
Airstrip One is part of the vast political entity Oceania, which is eternally at war with one of two other vast entities, Eurasia and Eastasia. At any moment, depending upon current alignments, all existing records show either that Oceania has always been at war with Eurasia and allied with Eastasia, or that it has always been at war with Eastasia and allied with Eurasia. Winston Smith knows this, because his work at the Ministry of Truth involves the constant "correction" of such records. "'Who controls the past,' ran the Party slogan, 'controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.'"
In a grim city and a terrifying country, 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. He knows the Party's official image of the world is a fluid fiction. He knows the Party controls the people by feeding them lies and narrowing their imaginations through a process of bewilderment and brutalization that alienates each individual from his fellows and deprives him of every liberating human pursuit from reasoned inquiry to sexual passion. 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.
Newspeak, doublethink, thoughtcrime--in 1984, George Orwell created a whole vocabulary of words concerning totalitarian control that have since passed into our common vocabulary. More importantly, he has portrayed a chillingly credible dystopia. In our deeply anxious world, the seeds of unthinking conformity are everywhere in evidence; and Big Brother is always looking for his chance. --Daniel Hintzsche --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I read this in 1984 in my early teens and liked it then, even though I don't think I fully understood it. I just read it again. I understand it better now. Read morePublished 22 hours ago by Tim A
A classic dystopic novel. George Orwell was ahead of his time. The topics explored in 1984 like surveillance and crushing political correctness read out of today's headlines. Read morePublished 1 day ago by y
Seems like the past reveals the future.
It's amazing that what we thought was once bad is considered good and applauded.
George Orwell’s (his real name was Eric Arthur Blair) classic novel 1984 never seems to get old. This truth is apparent in the word ORWELLIAN. Even today Common Core says 2+2=5. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Trailer Park Prepper dot com
A bit ashamed it took me this long to finally get around to reading this book, but now that I have, it is one of my favorites. Will re-reread many times, I predict. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Robert Shroud
If you could read only one book in your lifetime, this is the one.Published 3 days ago by Valeria Carneiro