An effective parable about the slippery slopes of mass surveillance, censorship, and militarization. Not the most engaging writing, but still conveys some very interesting and relevant concepts.
Glad I finally got this one under the belt as I spent years wondering what all the fuss was about. It's incredible to think that someone in 1949 could envision a future so dark and dystopian but ultimately do so with surprisingly accurate fore thought. once someone reads this you will see that yes it is a much darker and deprived than what today actually turned out to be but he nails so many other things on the head that it's frightening. incredible read, worth every penny of my $9.50.
The narrator spoke with different "voices" to differentiate the various major characters. This made it almost like listening to a live play. Outstanding story line. I don't know how I went so many years without reading 1984. George Orwell was quite astute. This was better, in my opinion, than Animal Farm, which I read in high school. I guess at the time, 1984 would have been a bit too heavy for high school and the sexual references would not have been acceptable (although by today's debauched standards, they are "nothing").
I'm a teacher; I should read more than I sew.
This is a must read. I don't know how I made it out of high school having not read this book. I teach 12th grade English and we read it. Students had a difficult time with Part I because the main character feels lost- and that translates to the reader. Some gave up. The story really picks up in Part II.
Brave New World is another dystopian novel about governmental control
Part III was SO exciting! I laughed, I cried, I wet my pants.
Key passages, especially in the latter chapters, expound issues about state power and control which directly relate to current social discourse. Notably, privacy vs the primacy of the state.
Oft discounted as 'dystopian literature,' Orwell nonetheless explores the issue of State power and its devices, that vary by degrees, not intent or operation, today.
In a world of NSA surveillance of US Citizens, and Federal demands to enable surveillance via personal communication device; in one where a major television manufacturer warns users not to to discuss private matters in front of their product because it's audio is streamed back to them; how long before the 'hyperbole' of 1984 becomes the reality of today?
Read it and decide.
Simon Prebles performance is as always, stellar.