1984

1984

A Novel

Book - 1977
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Portrays life in a future time when a totalitarian government watches over all citizens and directs all activities.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Published by Signet Classic : New American Library, c1977
ISBN: 9780451524935
0451524934
Characteristics: 328 p. ; 17 cm
Alternative Title: Nineteen eighty-four

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I had originally wanted to read this book when I was younger, but I realize now that I would not have been able to understand the dark undertones that it implied. I felt that the book moved very slowly, but I was worried for the main character's life on each page. While reading, I was also shocked at the similarities I found between our present world and the world under Big Brother. The book also creates a very detailed depiction of the world, with a new language and even a list of vocabulary with definitions. It introduced me to many concepts I had not heard of or thought of, and made me think very deeply about things that go on around me. Overall, I highly recommend this book for young adults who love dystopian novels.

onehalfofyouth May 25, 2019

“1984” by DAVID BOWIE: Bowie wrote this as the theme to a musical version of George Orwell's novel 1984. The musical never surfaced as the Orwell estate would not authorize it. (via songmeanings.com)

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yxtqwf
May 21, 2019

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While I understand that the point of "1984" is to warn readers about totalitarianism by painting a detailed future dystopia, I find this book's plot to be extremely disappointing. Throughout the book, it seems as if all the events (Winston's love for Julia, meeting O'Brien, joining the Brotherhood, reading Goldstein's book, etc) are leading up to, perhaps, a rebellion; but instead, Winston and Julia are suddenly arrested by the Thought Police, and "1984" ends shortly after when they have been utterly defeated by the Party. "1984" is a great book to make us aware of the possibility of a totalitarian future, but its plot is also quite dull and anticlimactic.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
May 04, 2019

This novel by George Orwell is one of the most well known and famous dystopian stories I have ever read and heard of. Its strong storyline and harrowing picture of “Oceania” was something I never expected. It really connected to today’s society with all the high technology devices eavesdropping in people's homes, and secret agencies always listening in. A man named Winston Smith reminds himself that freedom means being free to say that two and two make four even though the Party force him to agree to think “two and two make five”. The Party makes you reject what you see and hear and Winston vows to defend “the true” and “the obvious”. I enjoy reading historical stories and this one was very intriguing and attracting. However this book may not be suitable for younger ages and should be read by people older than 16. I rate this book a 9 out of 10 stars, I would truly recommend reading this book. @YoumnaLovesBooks of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Johnny English Strikes Again is an amazing movie. Another installment in the Johnny English trilogy, this film brings back fan favorite elements that make you want to laugh, cry, and scream. In the film, Johnny English has retired, but the UK is in danger once more. As a result, Johnny English comes out of retirement to save the day. If you are a fan of the Johnny English series or enjoy a good comedy flick. This is the movie for you. I rate this film 4/5 stars. - @CoolReadz of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

An astounding book that is similar to animal farm but unlike animal farm the plot of this story has more to do with the effects of a totalitarian state rather than the process. The story follows Winston Smith as he tries to hide his distaste for the ruling party and its rules. In this book there are many examples of fictionalized phenomena that may occur in an authoritarian regime ranging from things likes “doublethink” to “newspeak”. This story serves as cautionary tale of what can happen when the primacy of the individual is overshadowed by forced conformity. This book keeps things interesting and for this reason I rate this book 5/5, it also set a basis for many other dystopian books to follow. Anyone interested in dystopian novels must read this book. @selfhelpguru of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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trickbag22
Mar 23, 2019

I read this so long ago and remembered the tag lines, but not all of them. So young then and didn’t see the finer points of this foretelling of the future. This time around, I see some of it coming true. Although I hope and pray we never get there in the fullest extent, the culture of assigning to one race, religion or any other difference to be found, a demonizing without knowledge is a foreboding sign.

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karendejong
Jan 05, 2019

I read this in high school and wanted to reread it. I also saw the movie when it came out in 1984. Reading it again made me realize that as a teenager I missed many of the dark undertones throughout the novel. I realized that Orwell wrote this book (in the 1930's, I believe) because he was afraid of the political climate of his time and envisioned a world where fascism has spread throughout the modern world. It is a disturbing novel, well written, but it will be many years before I pick it up again, if at all.

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GeneralAmerica
Dec 07, 2018

Welcome to Dumpy's America!

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whatcomhillwalker
Oct 17, 2018

I imagine future readers will read this book and try to figure out why it is called dystopian. So much of what it exposes is already reality and accepted by the majority of the world as normal (double speak, government surveillance, constant bombardment by a media changing public opinion and a loss of the ability to protest in any realistic manner). 1984 was just a little early on the date is all.

arapahoekim Oct 09, 2018

1984 takes place in a dystopian future with a powerful government that seeks control. The story revolves around the hero Winston his love interest Julia and his mentor O'Brien.

HCL_featured Sep 19, 2018

"Challenged in the Jackson County, FL (1981) because Orwell's novel is "pro-communist and contained explicit sexual matter." from www.ala.org American Library Association

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baharbehroozi
Jan 05, 2019

"He remembered how once he had been walking down a crowded street when a tremendous shout of hundreds of voices women's voices--had burst from a side-street a little way ahead. It was a great formidable cry of anger and despair, a deep, loud 'Oh-o-o-o-oh!' that went humming on like the reverberation of a bell. His heart had leapt. It's started! he had thought. A riot! The proles are breaking loose at last! When he had reached the spot it was to see a mob of two or three hundred women crowding round the stalls of a street market, with faces as tragic as though they had been the doomed passengers on a sinking ship. But at this moment the general despair broke down into a multitude of individual quarrels. It appeared that one of the stalls had been selling tin saucepans."

ArapahoeKatieK May 23, 2018

“Big Brother is Watching You.”

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gomiami1972
Feb 05, 2018

Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.

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itsapurplegiraffe
Feb 04, 2018

“Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.”

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itsapurplegiraffe
Feb 04, 2018

“In the face of pain there are no heroes.”

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itsapurplegiraffe
Feb 04, 2018

“Perhaps a lunatic was simply a minority of one.”

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itsapurplegiraffe
Feb 04, 2018

“Until they became conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.”

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itsapurplegiraffe
Feb 04, 2018

“But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.”

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itsapurplegiraffe
Feb 04, 2018

“We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness.”

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itsapurplegiraffe
Feb 04, 2018

“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—for ever.”

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Jan 28, 2014

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platypus101 Jul 11, 2013

Orwell had a daunting task: creating a future nearly half a century away from the time period in which he was writing. This future had to be its own complex, independent society, but it also had to be the natural end result of the totalitarianism Orwell witnessed in the communist and socialist regimes of World War II. That's part of the horror of 1984: this future is a recognizable one, even in the 21st century. It's easy to see how those in control can, through manipulation and propaganda, maintain that control simply for the sake of sating their own power hunger. It's easy to say "no one could ever tell me what to think or what to do," but the Party's use of Big Brother, the Thought Police, the Two-Minute Hate, and Doublethink make it easy to see how a person's ability to think independently and discern fiction from reality can be eroded when there is no touchstone to fact. Revising and rewriting the past to make certain that Big Brother and the Party are always correct has effectively eliminated historical accuracy. How can one think and reason in a society where everything is a fabrication?

JennComishen Jul 17, 2012

Winston, a member of the straight forward, controlled society we now live in 1984, begins to question Big Brother, along with a collegue of his. The two of them get information and try to take down Big Brother themselves, however with the help of a betrayel Big Brother catches on to their plans. Using the dark methods of Double think and the haunting room 101, both Winston and his collegue are 'barinwashed' as the rest of society is, and taken over by Big Brother

Bayside Jul 02, 2012

Nineteen Eighty-four is about a Utopian society set in that year. In this society the government controls everything, including the past, the present, the future, privacy and language. Citizens are controlled by fear and brainwashing, and are always under direct supervision by telescreens, allowing little to no privacy. The novel revolves around a member of the society by the name of Winston. Winston is a relatively average member who, throughout the course of the novel, begins to secretly rebel against his government.

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JihadiConservative
May 26, 2015

Sexual Content: Contains sex throughout. However, it is not particularly graphic. But it is throughout. There are some sex scenes, references, prostitutes (Man has a dream about going to a 60 year old prostitute: Disturbing) Sex talk throughout.

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liya6
Jan 28, 2014

Violence: Contains violence

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