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, a 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 of the world we were becoming in 1949 is still the great modern classic portrait of a negative Utopia.
©1949 Harcourt Brace and Company, renewed ©1977 Sonia Brownell Orwell; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"It is probable that no other work of this generation has made us desire freedom more earnestly or loathe tyranny with such fullness." (New York Times, 1949)
Yes this book is a classic dystopian. And as a major fan of the dystopian genre, I felt that I just had to read (reread from high school) this book to be a true fan. The problem is, there are so many newer, better dystopians now. I found myself just trying to get through the book for the sake of reading it. Certainly not one of my favorites.
Not sure what I can say about this book that hasn't already been said. Classic example of political movements and how propaganda and mass surveillance is used to keep a population fearful and subservient.
George Orwells insight 65 years at go are as true today as they were for the cold war. in a day of Ipads and an NSA snooping how could any one person have predited the technology and the abuse of that technology. almost like devine inspiration. It reminds me of the book of Revelation.
The book is a classic, so I had high expectations for it, but it was just not that interesting. Nothing is more boring than having someone read a book inside of the book you are reading. Orwell gets in one solid chapter of book reading in 1984 and its just confirmation of stuff you already know or suspect. Nothing is left to the imagination as each aspect of Big Brother is spelled out (sometimes multiple times). I struggled to keep my interest long enough to listen until the end and it didn't really pay off as the ending is uneventful. The appendices at the end just add to the tedium, so they fit right in. I suggest listening at 1.5x speed to try to get it over with as soon as possible.
Still frightfully relevant, this dystopian view of humanity's future is masterfully conceived, rendered and performed.
Highly recommended to anyone from their teens on up. Should be re-read later in life as well!
The only thing that bothered me in this book was that there was some words that were silenced, like sex words and others.
It's very ironic to censor part of 1984... don't you think?
I decided to listen to this book since my daughter was reading it for her English class. It has a few moments that provoke deep thought- but overall just a lot of rambling. Don't waste your time! although I will say that the narrator it an excellent job with the subject.
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