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)
If you enjoy watching a government slowly destroy humanity and crush the human spirit, this book is for you.
In all seriousness, this is an incredible book, George Orwell is a literary master. Just don't expect a happy ending.
This book changed my way of thinking. Of how I listen to, question, and accept information. It has changed me. But this book needs no more praise. It is a classic. The narrator was perfect in every sense of the word. I wouldn't not have another one. Fantastic. I love this book.
The way the book gives you hope of a uprising soon to come and how Winston feels like the hero to lead the charge then falls away to a more life like version of events from the capture, torture and soul programming which what happens. Very eye opening in what people will do to stay in power. 5/5
All these years I've heard people talk about what a great story 1984 is and I have to say I am beyond disappointed. The writing is only mediocre and the scenes are far from interesting. They lack most of the components that make for an engaging story. The worst part about this book for me was that it had so much potential and nothing interesting was done with it. As an English literature teacher and someone who's read thousands of books this is probably the worst book I've read in 5 years.
There's nothing to be said. It's a classic and you know it Awesome . You were told to read this year's ago. Read it.
Big Brother is watching. Orwell may have gotten the date wrong but his vision of the future is poignant and so precise it is downright eerie.
I would just like to say it was wonderful to experience this book again.
I loved the main character.
I love Simon Prebble.
I made me think about the government .
The book is a classic that should be read by everyone in my opinion just so they can read the warnings. I have read the book at least 15 times and after listening to the audio book the performance of the narrator and some of nuances are really brought to the surface. The box of rats, always chilling, came to life while listening to this. If there is any one book at read, this should be it!
In my opinion this book is very overrated. Very slow, sometimes boring, in many parts and not nearly as interesting a read as I was expecting it to be.
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