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Nineteen Eighty-Four [Kindle Edition]

George Orwell , Thomas Pynchon
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Hidden away in the Record Department of the sprawling Ministry of Truth, Winston Smith skilfully rewrites the past to suit the needs of the Party. Yet he inwardly rebels against the totalitarian world he lives in, which demands absolute obedience and controls him through the all-seeing telescreens and the watchful eye of Big Brother, symbolic head of the Party. In his longing for truth and liberty, Smith begins a secret love affair with a fellow-worker Julia, but soon discovers the true price of freedom is betrayal.

Contains an introduction by Thomas Pynchon, as well as an accompanying appendix and explanatory footnotes.

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This book makes you think This book talks about a future, not the sci-fi kind but the society at large in the year which is approximately around 1984, of which even the Winston(protagonist) isn't sure. The cruel party taking control over the human instinct through fear and hatred, manipulating the minds of its citizens through a process which enables the rulers to make wrong into right and vice-versa. The citizens of Oceania lives in the state of "doublethink" , a mental state which changes the very nature of objective reality. e.g if the party says that it's night during a sunny day, the doublethink makes you believe… --Abhiraj Jan 6, 2012

Classic read This is a must read for any student of politics. At this price, the book was a steal(the quality of the pages were quite good). Flipkart's delivery was in time (bought it using cash-on-delivery). --Ashwin Sudhakar Jan 4, 2012

I read this book partly due to the hype surrounding it on online forums/news aggregators (it's number two on Reddit's favorite books). But I should say that I am quite disappointed. The book has a single core idea which could be explained in a few words. Instead of doing this, Orwell wrote a whole novel in which he revisits the idea then and there. I found this incredibly boring - 2/5. Now as for the book itself, the binding is decent and would easily survive a few reads. The printing is clear and legible for the price. --Mr.Kumar Dec 17, 2011


His final masterpiece. Enthralling and indispensible for understanding modern history Timothy Garton Ash Right up there among my favourite books ... I read it again and again Margaret Atwood More relevant to today than almost any other book that you can think of Jo Brand One of the most shocking novels of the twentieth century Margaret Drabble The book of the twentieth century Ben Pimlott

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 882 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (29 Jan. 2004)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI991O
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,295 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #515 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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George Orwell is one of England's most famous writers and social commentators. Among his works are the classic political satire Animal Farm and the dystopian nightmare vision Nineteen Eighty-Four. Orwell was also a prolific essayist, and it is for these works that he was perhaps best known during his lifetime. They include Why I Write and Politics and the English Language. His writing is at once insightful, poignant and entertaining, and continues to be read widely all over the world.

Eric Arthur Blair (George Orwell) was born in 1903 in India, where his father worked for the Civil Service. The family moved to England in 1907 and in 1917 Orwell entered Eton, where he contributed regularly to the various college magazines. From 1922 to 1927 he served with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma, an experience that inspired his first novel, Burmese Days (1934). Several years of poverty followed. He lived in Paris for two years before returning to England, where he worked successively as a private tutor, schoolteacher and bookshop assistant, and contributed reviews and articles to a number of periodicals. Down and Out in Paris and London was published in 1933. In 1936 he was commissioned by Victor Gollancz to visit areas of mass unemployment in Lancashire and Yorkshire, and The Road to Wigan Pier (1937) is a powerful description of the poverty he saw there.

At the end of 1936 Orwell went to Spain to fight for the Republicans and was wounded. Homage to Catalonia is his account of the civil war. He was admitted to a sanatorium in 1938 and from then on was never fully fit. He spent six months in Morocco and there wrote Coming Up for Air. During the Second World War he served in the Home Guard and worked for the BBC Eastern Service from 1941 to 1943. As literary editor of the Tribune he contributed a regular page of political and literary commentary, and he also wrote for the Observer and later for the Manchester Evening News. His unique political allegory, Animal Farm was published in 1945, and it was this novel, together with Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), which brought him world-wide fame.

It was around this time that Orwell's unique political allegory Animal Farm (1945) was published. The novel is recognised as a classic of modern political satire and is simultaneously an engaging story and convincing allegory. It was this novel, together with Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), which finally brought him world-wide fame. Nineteen Eighty-Four's ominous depiction of a repressive, totalitarian regime shocked contemporary readers, but ensures that the book remains perhaps the preeminent dystopian novel of modern literature.

Orwell's fiercely moral writing has consistently struck a chord with each passing generation. The intense honesty and insight of his essays and non-fiction made Orwell one of the foremost social commentators of his age. Added to this, his ability to construct elaborately imaginative fictional worlds, which he imbued with this acute sense of morality, has undoubtedly assured his contemporary and future relevance.

George Orwell died in London in January 1950.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really, really great book! 19 July 2001
By A Customer
'Gone With The Wind' amazed me. I thought it would be light, throwaway romantic fiction. Instead, it is a tough, believable, intelligent and completely gripping historical novel.
The characters are mesmerising, plausible and original - I expected more cliches, but having read it I have come to the conclusion that GWTW created the cliches because it is just so damn good!
I can really see why people still consider it the greatest historical novel ever written. The fact that it has survived the test of time, unlike the many books that are applauded as brilliant one year and forgotten the next, should give you some clue as to just how good this book is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece in every way 7 Mar. 2003
By A Customer
All too often, when the book 'Gone With The Wind' is mentioned, people let out a groan of derision. Mostly these are people who have only seen the film. The film, although a wonderful classic, is a product of its times. Like many epics of that era, it is none too subtle. It also feels overly dramatic, no doubt the effect of cramming such a long story into a single film. The novel, however, is flawless. It may get written off as a romance in the same vein as Mills & Boon, but anyone who has read it will agree that is a most unfair comparison. It is a brilliantly researched historical drama, containing many finer points that are only discovered upon a second, or even third reading. The characters are so vividly drawn, and as the novel takes place over many years, there is real scope for development. Scarlett O'Hara is utterly believable as the flawed heroine, as is Rhett Butler, the cynical anti-hero. Ashley is symbolic of the civilisation 'gone with the wind'. But the most quietly fascinating character of all must be Melanie. The love story between Scarlett and Rhett is not so central a theme to the novel as survival and the struggle for independence. For a novel that contains such a broad scope of events and rich abundance of characters, Margaret Mitchell manages to keep a tight rein on both plot and pace. There are those books that make such a profound impression on our own lives that we never forget them - 'Gone With The Wind' is such a book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Set amidst the American Civil War, Mitchell's epic takes readers on an emotional journey through the 'Old South'. Scarlett O'Hara, the heroine of the novel, witnesses first hand the terrible effects of the war and the subsequent demise of an entire civilisation; now lost forever. No doubt many readers, like myself, are abhored by the very thought of a society that defends slavery and repression of African Americans. Yet, Mitchell's carefully crafted narrative, leaves readers questioning their own predjudices and assumptions. The Confederacy, shamefully supported the principle of slavery, but if there is one thing the history books conveniently leave out, its the Yankee's attitude towards the slaves they sought to free. Whilst Lincoln's motive was no doubt genuine, many in the North sought to exploit the Black population through other means, whether at the ballot box or through cheap labour.

Moreover, the Yankee generals showed little remorse when they ravaged the South for all it was worth. Defeated and heartbroken, the people of the South were subjected to a long period of 'reconstruction', which was designed to keep the South firmly under the hands of the Northern politicians. The people of Georgia and the surrounding states, having had their whole world torn from under their feet, were left to rot in what was once their home.

All this is personified in the great Scarlett O'Hara, who mirrors the changing world around her. Once the belle of the county, and the envy of all women, Scarlett is literally thrown into the midst of a war, that changes her forever. Meanwhile we, the readers, are entertained by the incredibly complex Captain Rhet Butler, who throughout the novel shamelessly attempts to court the favour of Scarlett, only to be rejected again and again.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If I could eat this book, I would- amazing!!! 7 Oct. 2007
This is a really great book that is interesting as well as informing. Margeret Mitchell shows Scarlett's character very well, and explains her motives behind her increadible bitchiness. I love the character of Scarlett- she is not one of those perfect main characters like in a lot of books, she is actually very spoilt and full of herself.

There is a lot of racism in this book, but I think it just makes it more realistic, as that is how it was in those days.

Altogether, it is a really good book, though be prepared for a very long read- it is over 1000 pages long! It is good for all ages of 12 and up.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow wow wow 22 Nov. 2004
By T Dewey
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I can not praise it enough - I find reading hard work and never tackle big books if i can help it. I friend pursuaded me to try this though and wow. I haven't eaten, drunk or been out in days...I couldn't take my nose out of it. Even better all my 'unbelieving' friends are getting it for Christmas and I know there won't be any disappointment when they start it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling story 12 May 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I found no difficulty in reading this 1000-page novel of the American Civil war, which I found engrossing. It is written from the southern, Confederate viewpoint, which was new to me. I saw the film as a small boy (seventy years ago!) and remembered it as a love story, with Rhett Butler as the cad. In fact, it is a realistic historical novel of the Civil War period- and Rhett has my every sympathy.
Scarlett O'Hara must be the most unattractive "heroine" in literature: she is selfish, greedy, unscrupulous, cruel and grasping- and she doesn't learn from her many mistakes. Even at the end, she is plotting to win Rhett back.
Others have commented on the racism endemic in the book. It seems to me this misses the point. It is accurately recording the racist sentiments of that time, the 1860's, not those of the 1930's, when it was written (one wonders how much more enlightened they had actually become by then?). We don't criticise Dickens or Trollope for the anti-semiticism inherant in their books, nor do we condemn Sansom for the crudity, sordidness and violence in his 16th century Shardlake novels. The function of a historical novel is to record it as it was, not as we would like it to be, nor as it would be now.
Well worth reading.
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