- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (29 Jan. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 014118776X
- ISBN-13: 978-0141187761
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.4 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1,739 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback – 29 Jan 2004
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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.
About the Author
Eric Arthur Blair (1903-1950), better known by his pen-name, George Orwell, was born in India, where his father worked for the Civil Service. An author and journalist, Orwell was one of the most prominent and influential figures in twentieth-century literature. His unique political allegory Animal Farm was published in 1945, and it was this novel, together with the dystopia of Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), which brought him world-wide fame. His novels and non-fiction include Burmese Days, Down and Out in Paris and London, The Road to Wigan Pier and Homage to Catalonia.
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And I would say it's true. I did however find it quite hard to get into at first, But I kept reading and I'm glad I did. There are reasons this book has been banned on and off since its publication. It's haunting, eerie and very profound and it will leave you questioning the type of world we live in.... or could possibly live in.
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.
this was my second attempt at buying it, I bought the Spanish version by mistake to begin with, but luckily we have a Spanish friend who can read that, haha.
a classic story.
The old United Kingdom is now controlled and led by big brother in 1984 this is not one person but the inner party. every one must believe in the doctrines of that party to disbelieve is punishable by death, big brother watches you everywhere using TV monitors which cannot be turned off these monitors are even in the home, they watch for signs of dissidence even body language is scrutinised.
The authority's even look for thought crime, where thoughts against the inner party can be punished severely.
I enjoyed the book but some parts I felt were a little hard to swallow just a little to far fetched.
Its also interesting that many of the passages bore a direct relationship to the authors other famous book the Animal Farm I would recommend you read the farm first.
As the title suggests, this piece is truly astounding. It's both a brilliant book as well as being incredibly insightful. It manages to demonstrate the inner workings of a totalitarian state with the types of technology we have today and really opened my eyes as to the sorts of tactics that can be employed in these scenarios. Not only this but it managed to teach me about quite a few concepts that otherwise would have remained a mystery. Although this book can be slightly daunting in of the lexical complexity that is often utilised by this book, I found it a really useful way for myself to gain a deeper grasp of the English language which I am really grateful for.
Overall this book pretty much has the whole package. It has a brilliant story and teaches you a fair bit about governmental structure, which is far more interesting than it sounds. I can't recommend this book enough, just buy it and throw yourself into this awesome story.
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