1984

A Novel

Orwell, George, 1903-1950

Paperback - 1977
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
1984
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Portrays life in a future time when a totalitarian government watches over all citizens and directs all activities.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Published by Signet Classic : New American Library, c1977
ISBN: 0451524934
9780451524935
Branch Call Number: CLASSICS FIC O
Characteristics: 328 p. ; 17 cm.
Alternate Title: Nineteen eighty-four

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Mar 31, 2015
  • RO_Khan rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The question if 1984 is a prophetic novel has become irrelevant. The age of big data and mass surveillance gives an obvious answer.
But this novel can be read as so much more. As the story of Winston Smith, a tragic hero who knows from the beginning on that he as an individual can not change the system.
Also it can be interpreted as a meditation on power and it`s mechanics.
To put all in a nutshell: Great novel full of bitterness and little hope.

Jan 16, 2015

Should read once every year!

Jan 14, 2015
  • becker rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

An incredible accomplishment and a profound political statement, although I did find the reading experience a bit dry.

Dec 31, 2014
  • rkelly3344 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I read this book about twenty years ago and could not see the parallels in government at the time. I just re-read this book. Currently the country is divided in so many ways, such as wealth, gender, race, etc. which promotes hate and mistrust. The reason for much of this is misinformation. As a result, government is becoming more powerful. It will be our savior. Right! According to a quote in the book "Ignorance is strength". Jonathan Gruber, Obamacare architect, stated on video that the bill could only get passed because of the stupidity of the American people. Both political parties need to quit pointing fingers, tell the truth and serve the people. We the people need to demand this from our elected government representatives.

Nov 15, 2014
  • laleyyc rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It is a must read...
"War is peace" Surely we can relate this to today's wars in the name of bringing peace/democracy to citizens of certain countries.
"Big brother is wathcing you" Aren't we losing little bit of freedom each day in the name of protecting "you" the citizens.

Nov 11, 2014
  • theorbys rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The totalitarian superstate a la Hitler or Stalin may never happen, but technology has made possible a soft totalitarianism as corrosive to the individual as anything Hitler or Stalin achieved or attempted. Totalitarian superstate or not, Orwell addresses in the starkest terms the consequences of any form of social entity crushing the individual. "If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face--forever."

Nov 06, 2014
  • dani3latorres rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

It deserves more than 5 stars.

Sep 16, 2014
  • Alan Davies rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Scarily prophetic, deserves its status as a classic.

Jul 19, 2014
  • mrashid09 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

It was a good book

Jul 09, 2014
  • Bayside rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I felt that this book was way ahead for its time. It has a great plot, strong characters, and the themes are relevant even in the 21st century

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Jul 11, 2013
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Jun 18, 2013
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Jul 24, 2012
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Jul 17, 2012
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Jun 10, 2012

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May 07, 2012
  • Jeroman rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Jeroman thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 15 and 99

May 01, 2012
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Jun 18, 2013
  • pratima1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.”

Jul 17, 2012
  • JennComishen rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A hideous ecstasy of fear and vindictiveness, a desire to kill, to torture, to smash faces in with a sledgehammer, seemed to flow through the whole group of people like an electric current, turning one even against one's will into a grimacing, screaming lunatic." Part 1, Chapter 1, pg. 16

May 07, 2012
  • Jeroman rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Under the spreading chestnut tree
I sold you and you sold me
now here we lie and there they lie
under the spreading chestnut tree

Apr 04, 2012
  • andrew_james_shkreli rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Orthodoxy is unconsciousness."
-Syme

Jan 29, 2010
  • haPPY_FUn_baLL rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Who controls the past,’ ran the Party slogan, ‘controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.

Oct 23, 2008

Whether he went on with the diary, or whether he did not go on with it, made no difference. The Thought Police would get him just the same. He had committed— would still have committed, even if he had never set pen to paper— the essential crime that contained all others in itself. Thoughtcrime, they called it. Thoughtcrime was not a thing that could be concealed forever.

Oct 23, 2008

The Ministry of Truth, which concerned itself with news, entertainment, education and the fine arts. The Ministry of Peace, which concerned itself with war. The Ministry of Love, which maintained law and order. And the Ministry of Plenty, which was responsible for economic affairs

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Jul 09, 2014
  • Bayside rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Nineteen Eighty-four is about a Utopian society set in that year. In this society the government controls everything, including the past, the present, the future, privacy and language. Citizens are controlled by fear and brainwashing, and are always under direct supervision by telescreens, allowing little to no privacy. The novel revolves around a member of the society by the name of Winston. Winston is a relatively average member who, throughout the course of the novel, begins to secretly rebel against his government.

Jul 11, 2013
  • platypus101 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Orwell had a daunting task: creating a future nearly half a century away from the time period in which he was writing. This future had to be its own complex, independent society, but it also had to be the natural end result of the totalitarianism Orwell witnessed in the communist and socialist regimes of World War II. That's part of the horror of 1984: this future is a recognizable one, even in the 21st century. It's easy to see how those in control can, through manipulation and propaganda, maintain that control simply for the sake of sating their own power hunger. It's easy to say "no one could ever tell me what to think or what to do," but the Party's use of Big Brother, the Thought Police, the Two-Minute Hate, and Doublethink make it easy to see how a person's ability to think independently and discern fiction from reality can be eroded when there is no touchstone to fact. Revising and rewriting the past to make certain that Big Brother and the Party are always correct has effectively eliminated historical accuracy. How can one think and reason in a society where everything is a fabrication?

Jul 17, 2012
  • JennComishen rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Winston, a member of the straight forward, controlled society we now live in 1984, begins to question Big Brother, along with a collegue of his. The two of them get information and try to take down Big Brother themselves, however with the help of a betrayel Big Brother catches on to their plans. Using the dark methods of Double think and the haunting room 101, both Winston and his collegue are 'barinwashed' as the rest of society is, and taken over by Big Brother

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Jan 28, 2014

Violence: Contains violence

Oct 23, 2008

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

Oct 23, 2008

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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