1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four Paperback – 3 Feb 2000
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'It is a volley against the authoritarian in every personality, a polemic against every orthodoxy, an anarchistic blast against every unquestioning conformist... Nineteen Eighty-Four is a great novel and a great tract because of the clarity of its call, and it will endure because its message is a permanent one: erroneous thought is the stuff of freedom'-Ben Pimlott --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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It's less about the Surveillance State than about an old horny guy, and the ending was a bit disappointing. And there was a long, very interesting, but unnecessary bit in the middle where the character reads a book and you get to read everything he reads...
It was interesting, and I'm glad I read it... but... I was also a bit disappointed.
I do like that the title on the cover is redacted though...
The book is indeed gloomy and part of its success is due to Orwell's ability to render almost real the gloomy world in which the novel is set. I have now just finished reading the original English version of Nineteen Eighty Four, and the gloomy sensation obviously returned again, unchanged.
Life can be gloomy but it can also be bright, so I choose the bright side and hereby declare that I won't read this book again until the last of my days.
"It is impossible to found a civilization on fear and hatred and cruelty. It would never endure. [...] Somehow you will fail. Something will defeat
you. Life will defeat you."
The political ideas in this book are astounding, thought-provoking and completely horrifying, and in terms of this 1984 is a flawless piece of writing, but in terms of the actual narrative, this novel can feel quite stale and lacks progression.
This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as the protagonist is simply a plot-device used to explore Orwell’s political ideas, which in themselves are interesting enough to keep the book enjoyable (and i use "enjoyable" for want of a better word, because this books can be pretty disturbing in places). But if it’s a strong story you’re after, this might not be the book for you.
It is one of the most depressing books ever written. Unlike other dystopias 1984 is completely devoid of any sense of hope or progression to a better society. Much like the main character, you will feel trapped in a bleak world that is sure to leave you emotionally dead by the time you read the final sentence.
Despite taking quite a few pages to get into it eventually I couldn't put it down
The gut wrenching hatred we feel for what happens to Winston as you put yourself in his shoes is quite sickening
The prescient imagination of Orwell predicting how our country runs today is breathtaking albeit I hope extreme but not far from fact
Every young person should read this at school as I wish I had been encouraged to do
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