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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.
Hey kids! If you want to get away from the many poor dystopian novels that seem to plague the YA genre these days, then look no further than 1984!! Read morePublished 11 hours ago by Alice
It's a high school throwback, but actually very relevant in the current times. 1984 forces you to think deeper about society and what we deem acceptable. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Cody
Still has valid and scary points for are day of age. While true it was wrote during the red scare it still stirs up thoughts of today's events. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Crandall Thomson
In my mind, 1984 is one of the most important novels ever written. This "cautionary tale" explains the way a tyrannous government operates, and at the same time, packs an... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Scott Rolph
Great book with so much relevance even in today's political landscape more so in developing countries where citizens cannot even form civil societies due to fear of persecutionPublished 3 days ago by regina letsie
This book is amazing!!! Tried watching the movie & several parts of the movie just don't coincide with the book AT ALL!! Read the book with an open mind.. Or should you?!!!? Read morePublished 4 days ago by Kelli Nicole Freeman