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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.
Every once in a while I try to write a review for this, then invariably discard it as inadequate. One thing that's unquestionably true about Orwell's novel (and indeed his work at... Read morePublished 11 hours ago by Brisa J Celaya
Guys, i'm warning you, don't read the book! Books are suppose to catch your attention, well this book did the opposite, I nearly fell asleep!Published 1 day ago by Romance Lover566
A classic allegory. One of the few writers who can get away with writing social commentary as fiction that does not sound like a lecture or a sermon.Published 1 day ago by Nicholas Kadar
Excellent read about what is real, what is not real. But, in the end is what's real true. Only Big Brother knows.Published 2 days ago by Tom Rolen
1984 is a cautionary tale for America! In light of our "information" society's 24/7 connection to the Internet, the perpetual "wars" against nearly invisible... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Fair and Honest