Written more than 70 years ago, 1984 was George Orwell’s chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, his dystopian vision of a government that will do anything to control the narrative is timelier than ever…• Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read •“The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.”Winston Smith toes the Party line, rewriting history to satisfy the demands of the Ministry of Truth. With each lie he writes, Winston grows to hate the Party that seeks power for its own sake and persecutes those who dare to commit thoughtcrimes. But as he starts to think for himself, Winston can’t escape the fact that Big Brother is always watching…A startling and haunting novel, 1984 creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the novel’s hold on the imaginations of whole generations, or the power of its admonitions—a power that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time.
January 1, 1961
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This is one of the first books I have read more than once. I first read “1984” in 1985 and now for the second time in 2018. The book has remained the same, but both the world and I have not. I cannot begin to convey how genuinely frightening this book is. I am a lover of popular science fiction and am astounded by Orwell’s ability to be more compelling, entertaining and engrossing than authors with the benefit of light sabers, phasers and teleportation.To every young person who has been assigned this book, know that you are reading a literary work of art. Many of you will understand and appreciate it, but if you love literature, please make a mental note to read this again when you are older. Youth brings with it eternal hope, boundless optimism and of course, hormones, so you will find yourself rebelling against the pessimism of the book itself – you will effectively be Winston raging against the machine, hoping, searching, questing for a way out. In short, you will cheat.But when you get older, have a family, lose loved ones and see some of your dreams unfulfilled – when you witness entire nations and races of peoples born, live and die in brutal squalor – when you reflect on the technological advances made over the decades and gaze, with mouth agape, at how a people can be less advanced, less informed and less enlightened, not despite these innovations, but BECAUSE of them, then you will read 1984 as it was meant to be read…not as a dark, dystopian world you enter when you open the book, but a beautifully brutal warning that, even as you read it, is prophetically coming true around you.
Over 70 years ago Orwell predicted exactly what is happening in the USA today. His brilliant instincts for our future were uncanny. Our country is under assault right now (& has been) by “Big Brother” – ie. communism. Every thought is controlled from all media to removal of our history & heritage to absolute destruction of our laws & erasing of our real history. This was required reading when I was in HS in 1968 & it should be again today. Do yourself a favor & read this before Amazon takes it off their list of books. I doubt they’ll publish this review. Let’s see.
Ordered this book for a 9th grade class reading project. Was not happy when we got to page 148 and discovered that pages 149-180 were missing.
Thought police? Check.Big brother listening? Check (Alexa/Siri).Re-writing history to fit today’s rhetoric? Check.Widespread shortages of supplies? Check (Toilet paper, anyone?)Over-reaching governmnet control? Check (COVID restrictions, school and business shutdowns, etc)George seems to have got it right, but was a bit off on the year…
1984 is a thrilling classic novel by George Orwell that brings readers into a dystopian society where citizens know “Big brother is watching you.” (Orwell 2) The book follows Winston Smith as he secretly denounces the all-powerful government, Big Brother, and decides to live a daring life of scandals and secrets. As expected, Big Brother catches Winston, and tortures him ruthlessly until he is a shell of his former self. Although the storyline itself is exhilarating enough to make readers want to turn the next page, it’s really the larger message that makes this read so worthwhile: extreme political philosophies, like Big Brothers’ totalitarianism, are no good. I will admit at times I felt I didn’t even like Winston, like when he first saw Julia, his lover, and told her “I hated the sight of you…I wanted to rape you and then murder you afterwards.” which shows misogyny in the most unsettling way, and when he kept dismally repeating that “there was no escape” from death because of his love affair (Orwell 120, 152). Regardless of whether or not the characters are relatable, the book definitely serves as a cautionary tail to all those who have scanned it pages. This book has many horrifying elements and scenes, such as telescreens, the things constantly watching people even in their own homes. Newspeak, Big Brother’s official language, is also very unsettling, as the government controls what people say and think without them realizing it, because the words to think bad thoughts do not even exist. However, limited language and stalking screens are nothing compared to the awful dehumanization that Big Brother inflicts on those who don’t agree with them. When brought to room 101 in the Ministry of Love (how ironic of a name), Smith was subjected to “the worst thing in the world,” as O’Brien recalled, almost killing Winston using his worst fear (Orwell 283). This turned Winston into what seemed like an animal with rabies, and after this punishment (in which he was spared death because he betrayed his lover Julia) he was never the same.Perhaps, though, the scariest thing about this novel was that I didn’t find it all that scary. Many things Orwell brilliantly predicted are a reality now, like cameras in the pockets of nearly every person in a developed country that could potentially “see” and “hear” everything. Phones like the iPhone not only have fingerprints (for touch identification) but now are starting to delve into the world of facial recognition, and no one truly knows for sure where this information goes. We see far worse things than Winston saw in the Ministry of Love by simply turning on the news. Nations like North Korea have complete control over their citizens, and the saddest part is, these citizens are too shielded from reality to even know that there is something wrong with the way they are treated. People also have the tendency to blindly trust whatever the media says, which could just be another way us people are manipulated every day. It makes me wonder, is 2+2 really 4… or, because numbers are a concept created by man, could it really equal 5?-LB
This book is impossible to read. The file is corrupted and all kinds of strange characters obscure words. It is infuriating to try to contact Amazon’s customer service. Amazon keeps you going in circles and there is no phone number for getting help.
Or well had a vision of what could happen to our freedoms if we don’t take care of them and watch our socialists being elected to our government. It wasn’t Trump’s Administration it’s the upcoming Biden administration that people need to fear and I think everyone in this country is very fearful of what will happen under his administration. He’s weak not extremely bright and pushed by the socialists in his party and by Nancy Pelosi who is extremely vindictive. His party is only concerned about power and not about people this is a very very scary time for all the people in this country and there is no place to Which to run. The United States of America was the best last resort.
The constant errors, words joined together, paragraphs split with a wrong page number, the book title or the free website right in the middle. I was not able to enjoy reading this at all, I got 7% through before I could not take it anymore. 1984 is great but this version is just unreadable.
A Bihari angarez, Eric Arthur Blair, better known by his penname, George Orwell, wrote this book in 1949, supposedly A satirical description of A totalitarian state. Little did he realize that it will describe India, A so-called democratic state of 2018, so vividly!
The kindle edition is full of poor editing, spelling and grammatical mistakes and ridiculous page layouts. The proof reader for this edition must have been blind. There are so many mistakes that it definitely impacts on the readers ability to enjoy the original text, in fact it makes it practically unreadable. Buy another format rather than wasting your money on this kindle edition.
Any society implementing Marxism usually ends up like a third-world country with a small wealthy elite, a large administration class and the remainder – the vast majority – living equally in poverty. 1984’s Oceania is this dystopian superstate. Winston Smith, the central character, is someone who dares to question the totalitarian regime he is living subject to. When George Orwell wrote this book, the means of monitoring and controlling people were not well advanced, and many ‘anti-state’ behaviours could go unnoticed and unchecked. Also, Marxism (and Globalism) had not got a toehold in the West. Essentially then his novel was little more than a work of fiction. Reality is now beginning to catch up. The two main ingredients are now here: Marxism is going mainstream in the West, and technology is allowing governments and organisations to record the minutiae of everyone’s life (online comments, credit-card purchases), disseminate propaganda (fake news) and enforce conformity (China’s Social Credit System). In this so-called clown world in which we now live democracy is being sidelined, history is being rewritten, truths and facts are becoming ‘constructs’, scapegoats are being created to funnel hate, the traditional family unit is being attacked, etc, etc. George Orwell would not have to dig deep for inspiration, were he writing 1984 now. This is a very depressing novel; and if you are quite content to live happily in your bubble, then I advise you not to read it.
This book is written back in 1948, but hats off to author who very precisely tell what going to be happened after decades.After 60 years since it was published, it remains one of the most hauntingly terrifying portrayals of future of mainkind. Where there is everything belongs to the state and no one id free in short he told us be ready for a TATALITARIAN STATE.Most Most Recommended Novel to Read. Your Views definatly going to affect after reading this book. You will start seeing world in a new way.A Movie also released,, based on this Novel with same name i.e. 1984.If u found this review useful so please hit the HELPFUL button.
Review refers to the version published by Prabhat Prakashan and is about printing not the book itself.I have only read a few pages but am too irritated by the rubbish punctuation and spelling mistakes which abound. 12 errors in page 1 – mainly “The” being written with a capital T wherever it appears. “Forty-fve” and “The lif” appear on page 1 and “Win” and “ston” appear twice as if this end of line hyphenation is acceptable.Don’t waste money on this version. The so called publisher doesn’t even have the wit to use spell check!False economy to try to save a few pounds as now I need to buy a version from a recognised publisher.This one gets no stars from me.
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