"Thought Police." "Big Brother." "Orwellian." These words have entered our vocabulary because of George Orwell's classic dystopian novel, 1984. The story of one man's nightmare odyssey as he pursues a forbidden love affair through a world ruled by warring states and a power structure that controls not only information but also individual thought and memory, 1984 is a prophetic, haunting tale.
More relevant than ever before, 1984 exposes the worst crimes imaginable-the destruction of truth, freedom, and individuality.
With a new forward by Thomas Pynchon.
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I "kind of" read this in high school, and picked it up for real a few years after, in order to sit down and really, really read it. I definitely had a better understanding of plot and characters the second time around, especially considering that I was reading for leisure and not for an exam ;) The movie adaptation is ok, but as it usually is, I much prefer the book where you can create your own scene - which is especially important in 1984.
Great classic book. Keeps your guessing and you never know whats goinng to be on the next page.
A truly great read. I would even suggest reading it just for the references that I lot of pop culture draws from such as big brother and the thought police. It depicts a dystopian society where the government is an omnipresent oppressing force. It paints and very bleak and dark idea of society. The language and structure isn't too difficult it reads pretty straight forwards. What a lot of people take away from this book is the practices portrayed in the book with practices that are currently or starting to be integrated with our daily lives. It brings definite negative connotations to the controversies of censorship, privacy, and government control.
For those who love a good sci-fi that takes place in a far from perfect future then this is right up your alley.
Nineteen Eighty-Four is one of those books you simply must read at least once in your life.
Written in 1949 by British author George Orwell (also wrote Animal Farm), the story takes place in the year 1984 and describes a totalitarian society in which the government has absolute control over every aspect of society.
You will recognize countless references, among them Big Brother, doublethink, and thoughtcrime. You might be surprised to see how much of Orwell's imagined world is in effect today (remember this was written over 60 years ago!).
The story itself is about a man who wants to break free of this control and seeks out like-minded people to rebel with. Of course, things never go quite according to plan....
Buy it, borrow it from the library or steal it from your dad's bookshelf - this is a book that everyone should read. Fun, freaky, and thought-provoking - it's got it all.
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