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Orwell's classic dystopian fiction warns us of our future, and deals with issues that speak to multiple dangers faced by many nations today.

Winston Smith is a member of 'the party' and subject to constant surveillance by the eyes of Big Brother, the ruler of the society. 'Newspeak' is designed to eradicate all political speech, 'Thoughtcrimes' are categorized as any thoughts of resistance or rebellion against any aspect of society, and the threat of despatch to 'Room 101' is a looming warning to all. Orwell explores the mechanics of totalitarianism revealing how control over the mass media allows the state to control all aspects of life, both the past and the future.

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It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. Winston Smith, his chin nuzzled into his breast in an effort to escape the vile wind, slipped quickly through the glass doors ...

About the Author:

George Orwell, the pseudonym of Eric Arthur Blair, was born in Bengal, India, in 1903. He was educated at Eton, became a policeman in Burma but suffered and studied poverty. His great works, Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four, are a product of his hatred of totalitarianism. His legacy of writing and political thought is much admired today.

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dystopian, science fiction, military scifi

Really loved this book, it was one of the first to give you a glimpse into the future. As I read 1984 in school I couldn't really appreciate the story. Now as a veteran I have lived it.

8/2/2023 7:03:40 PM
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The book is set in 1984 in Oceania, one of three perpetually warring totalitarian states (the other two are Eurasia and Eastasia). Oceania is governed by the all-controlling Party, which has brainwashed the population into unthinking obedience to its leader, Big Brother. The Party has created a propagandistic language known as Newspeak, which is designed to limit free thought and promote the Party’s doctrines. Its words include doublethink (belief in contradictory ideas simultaneously), which is reflected in the Party’s slogans: “War is peace,” “Freedom is slavery,” and “Ignorance is strength.” The Party maintains control through the Thought Police and continual surveillance. It was incredibly written.

8/1/2023 6:09:44 AM
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dystopian, found family, science fiction

It was a very interesting book. Definitely reminded me of things that might become a reality in today's United States. Fan of this book will like my series(I haven't read the book, 1984, in a while)

7/6/2023 9:37:30 PM
Lionel Eddy
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1984 by George Orwell is a dystopian novel set in 1984 that was once written in the 12 months 1948, predicting a bleak future beneath the rule of a Party ruled through "Big Brother", that loved unfettered manipulate over the human beings of Oceania, their language and even their previous and future. The story revolves round a employee named Winston Smith and his realizations about the monstrosity of the Party and their flagrant legal guidelines and practices. One can feel the irony permeating the whole novel, as the story develops giving hope of a rebellion, foreshadowing a collective revelation ensuing in revolution towards the totalitarian govt, that ultimately ends in Winston, a staunch hater of the party, falling in love with the equal and Big Brother. The prescient nature of the e book is without a doubt remarkable, as we can see glimpses of it turning into fact in the years to observe and even today. It educates the humans about the significance of language in encouraging free wondering that is crucial for the nicely being of the society. It additionally shed mild on records like humans continuously attractive in fights for strength that are now not supposed to relinquish it for the betterment of human beings but as a substitute for the sole motive of savoring electricity as a egocentric goal. The e book should be each a warning to put together its readers to the opportunity of a dystopian future as nicely as an eye opener that helps readers apprehend how democracy and freedom of speech and thinking are in reality blessings, that if misplaced are actually really worth war for.

3/26/2023 2:26:44 PM
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It's interesting how Americans are so concerned with "Big Brother" watching, but freely give information to social media apps and other websites. It's a possibility that the living conditions in the Orwell London, can become a reality with the state of things.

2/28/2023 4:29:57 PM

What can you read after
1984?