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1984 (novel)

619 Ratings: 3.4
English author George Orwell's novel set in a dystopian future.

Concerns life in an authoritarian regime as lived by Winston Smith, an intellectual worker at the Ministry of Truth, and his degradation when he runs afoul of the totalitarian government of Oceania, the state in which he lives in the year that he presumes … see full wiki

Author: George Orwell
Genre: Intelligent Science Fiction, Dystopian, Political and Social Satire
Publisher: Secker and Warburg, Signet Classics
Date Published: June 8, 1949
ISBN: 0-452-28423-6
77 reviews about 1984 (novel)
review by . February 23, 2011
posted in SF Signal
There are very few writers whose work has been so profound that their names have become adjectives. Shakespearean. Kafkaesque. Orwellian.      1984 remains George Orwell's greatest legacy, a fact shared by Roberto Bolano's novel 2666; both books with a four-digit number as the title, both written frantically by authors who knew they were dying, both profound in their exploration of human cruelty, both lifting the veil of propaganda and rhetoric to get to the Truth underneath.   …
Quick Tip by . February 19, 2011
posted in SF Signal
1984 is an essential book, not just for SF readers, not just for readers, but for everyone, everywhere.
Quick Tip by . February 23, 2011
posted in SF Signal
Pretty dry (dare I say boring) read in places, but the discussion about total context manipulation and its implications still remain pretty scary and relevant
Quick Tip by . February 19, 2011
posted in SF Signal
It's been years since I've read 1984, but it made a huge impression on me.
Quick Tip by . October 06, 2010
One of those novels where you find yourself just fascinated.
review by . July 06, 2010
   This was a well written book and one that receives not even a modicum of the attention it deserves.  While the book begins by describing the social caste system and the dangers of becoming to personable within such, it is more of a descriptor of how technology and the application of social labels tends to be an implicit divisionary tactic between those within a social group.  Winston's difficulty in negotiating his own personal feelings and the enforced loyalty to his …
review by . July 01, 2010
1984 is one of those eponymous books that is probably known more for its setting than the actual story. It's the originator of the 'Big Brother' that we have all become familiar with. It's now used to refer to overbearing government schemes which shows just how pervasive this book is in modern society. Orwell was a proponent of writing in plain English without obfuscation and his literary style is obvious throughout. It's a very easy book to read but don't let that fool …
Quick Tip by . October 01, 2010
The sort of book you never forget. The sort of book your kid has to read in school and you say "At last, here's one you'll enjoy."
Quick Tip by . August 26, 2010
Even after 1984, this book is powerful, scary, and relevant.
review by . July 07, 2010
In 1949, George Orwell published the book, 1984, following the life of Winston Smith, an employee at the Ministry of Truth, part of the totalitarian government Oceania. However, as the story progresses, Winston begins to run afoul of the mandates of the government and the book describes his struggles and conflicts with the government.       According to Winston, many things that we think are frightening are actually real. The existence of the idea of "Big Brother", …
Quick Tip by . August 14, 2010
I read this book in High school. I loved it. Asa pol. sci. major it has made a big impact on my way of thinking and observing totalitarian regimes. This should be required reading for eveyone.
review by . July 09, 2010
George Orwell may seem singular to many people because the only two books he wrote that most people have read are this one and "Animal Farm" (BTW if you have not read "Animal Farm" and have read "1984" go read it now). However, he was a prolific writer who warned people of the dangers of totalitarianism on many fronts.      1984 is a simple book about a man who is caught up in a totalitarian regime that encompasses the whole of Europe. He follows …
review by . June 27, 2010
        What was your emotional reaction as you read? Why? This book absolutely terrified me! Brilliantly written, it was the book that made me fall in love with reading. From flawless character development to the fine attention to detail of this world of 1984, Orwell truly brings you into his vision of a not so better tomorrow.  You can feel the desperation and eventually the restlessness as you turn each page, connecting with the book as if it were your life story. …
review by . July 19, 2010
Before I read 1984 I had heard so much hype, I'd seen the Apple commercial from the 80s, and I'd read countless other books that were described with the words "it's like 1984". None of those things prepared me for how haunting and eye opening this book is. I will probably never look at a TV the same as before. Instead, I will always be wondering if someone is watching me back. If you haven't read this book then I highly recommend that you do.
Quick Tip by . July 16, 2010
A must read. One of the most important books of all time.
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
coupled with a brave new world, you would have a good week of dystopian/utopian literature
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
This is an interesting book. The author lends his perspective of how things would be in the future when he wrote this tome, which was, of course, before 1984.
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
It definitely drags, but it's definitely worth it! The last sentence is probably my favorite conclusion to any book.
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
I positively detest this book. I may not necessarily believe in prozac, but I could believe in suicide for Orwell's depression.
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
good one to check out, my father recommended that I read this one. It's a pretty good analysis of what is going on in the world.
Quick Tip by . July 11, 2010
1984 by George Orwell is one of the best books of all time. The book is set in 1984 in a world of Big Brother watching. The world is very dismal and scary if one doesn't do exactly as he/she is supposed to. In this book children turn in their fathers for thinking bad about the government and political prisoners are beaten, sometimes to death. I won't lie and say that this book is upbeat, it is not, but once you read this book you will always remember it. I highly recommend 1984.
Quick Tip by . July 09, 2010
The amazing thing about Orwell is that he did nnot realize he was creating a new language. He was intent on explaining , in novel form, the dangers of totalitarianism, but he accomplished much more.
Quick Tip by . July 06, 2010
If government in the US was ever like this, then I don't know how we would survive. This book is somewhat difficult to comprehend and follow, but for the most part its good.
Quick Tip by . July 06, 2010
A must read for anyone serious about social critiscm and the history of it's written form. Even if it's message isn't something you're concerned with, the sociological effects of this book are remarkable.
Quick Tip by . July 06, 2010
i had to read this book for my senior project before graduating high school. and unlike most school books, it wasnt a complete snore fest. more interesting in fact, a world with entirely no privacy, where it is illegal to have sex, have make up, or most other things that we see as no big deal could get you put in prison in their world. i couldnt imaging having to watch my every move like that and be totally controlled.
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