1984

1984

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George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police, a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, the hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him. The year 1984 has come and gone, yet George Orwell's nightmare vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is still the great modern classic of negative Utopia.
Publisher: [Ashland, Or.] : Blackstone Audio, 2007
ISBN: 9781433283512
1433283514
Additional Contributors: Prebble, Simon
Alternative Title: Nineteen eighty-four

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Daveinportland
Jan 28, 2017

Who knew that when I first read this book decades ago it would be so relevant to what has becomes of the US and our political process. Sigh.

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Libellula
Jan 28, 2017

Why did that commenter spell it out? It's 1984, not "Nineteen Eighty-Four." How terribly odd...

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danielestes
Dec 06, 2016

I savored Nineteen Eighty-Four, but do I regard it as a real-life cautionary omen as many are quick to label it? No, not really. Contrary to the conspiracy theorists' claims, I think Orwell's ominously prophetic novel is much less relevant now that we live in an interconnected world. I can see where one could think the opposite because of the frightening, sprawling reach of our technological advances, but that same sprawl would be a bureaucratic death for any organization, or any one person, to attempt to control the thinking of a group. Big Brother needs an ignorant populace to be an effective menace; it needs walled gardens and enclosures. Globalization is the opposite of that.

Getting back to the story... If for no other reason, read Nineteen Eighty-Four for the third act alone. That section rates of one of the most horrific series of events I've ever experienced. Still leaves me with chills to this day every time I think about it.

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ruchica_singh
Feb 17, 2016

I took the novel from Library because it was listed in ' 30 novels everyone should read' . After reading it I realized it is a classic and needs to be owned. The novel will show a dreaded world, give us hope to believe in the power of a common man and then take the hope away. 1984 is far behind , yet so futuristic.

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donkeyhote
Dec 13, 2015

Orwell (Eric Blair) was chosen from University for his talent to become a Government propagandist. But he was more intelligent than those who chose him thought, and broke out of his conditioning and tried to inform us about the plans he knew about. 1984 is not fiction; it's just camouflaged to seem so. In fact, after WW2 in East Germany that same system existed. Communism was created by the West to experiment with their plans for our future. Read Anthony Sutton's book: "Wall Street And The Bolshevik Revolution" to see that Lenin was trained by the British and sent to Russia with 200 Brit agents and American money to take over Russia. The Cold War was a sham to scare and divide us. After the authorities saw Orwell broke out of his cage, they shunned him, even tried to kill him. He wrote this book while living on a small Scottish island. Soon after he finished it, he died. 1984 is a warning for us, and that world is coming at us rapidly. We are free to obey laws and there a re so many of those we aren't free to do anything without permission. I grew up in Communism, and in primary school they talked quite openly about the methods the rulers of our world use. Dialectic materialism, fighting of the opposites, etc. they told us. They create opposites, but even their opposition is led by their own agent, and the fight is being manipulated toward a pre-determined end. This way the crowd thinks they participated in arriving to the result, but it had been decided in advance. This is the way we are manipulated: a debate is started, and the two opposing sides are both managed from the same center to arrive at the planned result. Our heroes are usually hired agents to lead us with their influence with the public. All the world's a stage and we are dumb onlookers to clever play-masters' play.

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sfears123
Jul 19, 2014

The book was very enlightening! If you have not read this please pick up the book today! Really emphasizes on the government monitoring the citizens.

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