1984 - George Orwell

1984

By George Orwell

  • Release Date: 2017-04-04
  • Genre: Classics
Score: 4.5
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Description

George Orwell’s 1984 takes on new life with extraordinary relevance and renewed popularity.

“Orwell saw, to his credit, that the act of falsifying reality is only secondarily a way of changing perceptions. It is, above all, a way of asserting power.”—The New Yorker
 
In 1984, London is a grim city in the totalitarian state of Oceania where Big Brother is always watching you and the Thought Police can practically read your mind. Winston Smith is a man in grave danger for the simple reason that his memory still functions. Drawn into a forbidden love affair, Winston finds the courage to join a secret revolutionary organization called The Brotherhood, dedicated to the destruction of the Party. Together with his beloved Julia, he hazards his life in a deadly match against the powers that be.

Lionel Trilling said of Orwell’s masterpiece, “1984 is a profound, terrifying, and wholly fascinating book. It is a fantasy of the political future, and like any such fantasy, serves its author as a magnifying device for an examination of the present.” Though the year 1984 now exists in the past, Orwell’s novel remains an urgent call for the individual willing to speak truth to power.

Reviews

  • Good idea but boring

    3
    By Pekelo36
    I did not get past Chapter 7. Interesting topic but the narrative overcame me. It is very boring, nothing happens. Only descriptions and more descriptions.
  • Just keep coming back to it

    5
    By dlbeetle72
    I read this story for the first time in 9th grade and since then I come back to it. If humanity follows the paths of some in our world, 1984 will become our future. I think some administrations used this as a play book in all honestly, it's a timeless classic like most of Orwell's books that show a glimpse in history or our future.
  • Not my cup of tea

    1
    By I-Am-Your-Mother
    I really disliked it for a number of reasons, but the biggest one is the protagonist, Winston Smith. As I read the description for the book, I got the impression that Winston was a heroic rebel... Well he was a rebel, but no hero. No, he was a creep. At one point in the book, he expresses to himself that he desired to rape and kill a girl, later that he wanted to smash that same girl's head in with a rock, and then again later, he said wishes all virtue and goodness didn't exist. Said he wanted all people to be "corrupt to the bone". I had expected a hero and got a monster instead. And it's not just him. The Brotherhood rebellion is just as evil as the people they fight against. They said they'd corrupt the minds of children, kill hundreds of innocent people, encourage prostitution, disseminate disease, even throw acid in a child's face if it'd further their cause. Those are the "good guys" of the story. How am I suppose to support that? How am I supposed to root against the Party when the people opposing them are no better? How am I supposed to care if Winston lives or dies, when he's a pervert, and no better than a criminal? Why do so many people like this book?
  • Incredible

    5
    By Allthenicknamesaretaken12365
    If you want to have your mind blown, read this book.
  • Hmm.

    5
    By Socioty of the evening star
    I have never been so scared of a book in my life. It was so convincing. I genuinely started to believe in big brother. WAR IS PEACE FREEDOM IS SLAVERY IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH
  • Im confused

    1
    By Paul the three eyed monkey
    Why is this book so much longer and expensive than another book that seems to be the same but is smaller and cheaper?
  • Amazing

    5
    By Wee65
    One of the best if not the best book I've ever read
  • Mommy I want to be 1984

    5
    By 3678632288880985
    Even if you don't believe in the view points in the book you can't deny the beauty of the writing. On such a melancholy tone of the book you continue to hope for the characters. Then it's completely destroyed in a beautiful mush that's so satisfying making yourself hate the world we live in. If I ever become a writer I would only see that I achieve success if my readers felt the way I did when I read 1984. If I got cancer and make a wish foundation asked me what my last wish would be to meet George Orwell and shack his hand.
  • Absolutely Amazing

    5
    By HawktalonOfRiverClan
    I started this book simply because I like distopian literature, but I didn't really have very high expectations as distopian books tend to follow a formula. I was quickly proven wrong. This book fully immerses you in the totalitarian regime of the all-powerful Party, while still managing to remain connected with the characters. The plot, dangerous and exciting, will throw you for loop after loop, and you'll find you can't put it down. And the ending... you'll either find it brilliant or you'll hate it with a burning passion (me, I liked it, but that's just because it was so unexpected). If you like today's distopian works such as The Hunger Games and Divergent, read 1984. That's where it all began. It is a classic, after all.
  • Great book

    5
    By V😃
    I am reading this book right now(paper copy) because one of my friends recommended it to me. I am about 1/3 of the way through and so far it is really good. George Orwell's predictions were way off, but that, I think, is what makes it such a good book. So glad that this didn't happen!