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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 book for pleasure over 40 years ago and rereading now brings a deeper appreciation of what Orwell was trying to say. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Donald Tilleman
The narrative of 1984 moves through four overlapping stages. In the first, the discontented Winston Smith, a lonely 39 year-old man and member of the Outer Party that rules... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Ethan Cooper
A TIMELESS classic that can definitely be considered "required reading" for anyone over the age of 13 or so ... just magnificent!Published 3 days ago by Abigail
Well... It's a book with good writing, story, and plot... But it ends horribly... Not for you unless you like stories that end, like, horribly...Published 4 days ago by Walter Hall
Education in the 1950's must have been only a little better than now. For years after reading this in private high school, I suspected when the test was given, I had a choice... Read morePublished 4 days ago by dennis