1984: A Novel

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Plume, 1983 - Fiction - 294 pages
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Written in 1948, 1984 was George Orwell's chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, Orwell's narrative is more timely that ever. 1984 presents a "negative utopia," that is at once a startling and haunting vision of the world—so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the power of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of entire generations of readers, or the resiliency of its admonitions—a legacy that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time.

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An amazing book, with an amazing storyline and plot. - Goodreads
At first, I felt iffy about the ending. - Goodreads
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The writing is painfully dry at times. - Goodreads
Orwell's prose is brilliant and polished. - Goodreads
After slow start, the novel picked up the pace. - Goodreads
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George Orwell's masterpiece. a prophetic and disturbing story of a man trapped in a tortuous society.

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“Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood.” Orwell caught me off guard. After slow start, the novel picked up the pace. True, it was all depressing, dark and hopeless. For some ... Read full review

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About the author (1983)

George Orwell was born Eric Arthur Blair on June 25, 1903 in Motihari in Bengal, India and later studied at Eton College for four years. He was an assistant superintendent with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma. He left that position after five years and moved to Paris, where he wrote his first two books: Burmese Days and Down and Out in Paris and London. He then moved to Spain to write but decided to join the United Workers Marxist Party Militia. After being decidedly opposed to communism, he served in the British Home Guard and with the Indian Service of the BBC during World War II. After the war, he wrote for the Observer and was literary editor for the Tribune. His best known works are Animal Farm and 1984. His other works include A Clergyman's Daughter, Keep the Aspidistra Flying, The Road to Wigan Pier, Homage to Catalonia, and Coming Up for Air. He died on January 21, 1950 at the age of 46.

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