George Orwell’s 1984 takes on new life with extraordinary relevance and renewed popularity.
“Orwell saw, to his credit, that the act of falsifying reality is only secondarily a way of changing perceptions. It is, above all, a way of asserting power.”—The New Yorker
In 1984, London is a grim city in the totalitarian state of Oceania where Big Brother is always watching you and the Thought Police can practically read your mind. Winston Smith is a man in grave danger for the simple reason that his memory still functions. Drawn into a forbidden love affair, Winston finds the courage to join a secret revolutionary organization called The Brotherhood, dedicated to the destruction of the Party. Together with his beloved Julia, he hazards his life in a deadly match against the powers that be.
Lionel Trilling said of Orwell’s masterpiece, “1984 is a profound, terrifying, and wholly fascinating book. It is a fantasy of the political future, and like any such fantasy, serves its author as a magnifying device for an examination of the present.” Though the year 1984 now exists in the past, Orwell’s novel remains an urgent call for the individual willing to speak truth to power.
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Really boring book and has a giant plot hole. Future accuracy is uncanny, though.
I read this book while I was sitting in jail a little while back. I didn't know quite what to expect. Of course I had heard about the book, as well as George Orwell, but I had never read any of his work. It hooked me right away. I tore through the pages faster than I had done in a good while. I wanted to see how Winston made out. When Julia came into the story, I was sure that it would have a happy ending. To keep it short, this was a most depressing and terrifying experience. Just to realize how close to that kind of government is a very scary thing. It also brought forth ideas like: "history is written by the winners." Only more...I can very much see society becoming something like this, maybe it already is. Anyway, its a great read. I recommend it to everyone.