1984 - George Orwell

1984

By George Orwell

  • Release Date: 2017-04-04
  • Genre: Classics
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 1,130 Ratings)

Description

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.

Reviews

  • Just keep coming back to it

    5
    By dlbeetle72
    I read this story for the first time in 9th grade and since then I come back to it. If humanity follows the paths of some in our world, 1984 will become our future. I think some administrations used this as a play book in all honestly, it's a timeless classic like most of Orwell's books that show a glimpse in history or our future.
  • Not my cup of tea

    1
    By I-Am-Your-Mother
    I really disliked it for a number of reasons, but the biggest one is the protagonist, Winston Smith. As I read the description for the book, I got the impression that Winston was a heroic rebel... Well he was a rebel, but no hero. No, he was a creep. At one point in the book, he expresses to himself that he desired to rape and kill a girl, later that he wanted to smash that same girl's head in with a rock, and then again later, he said wishes all virtue and goodness didn't exist. Said he wanted all people to be "corrupt to the bone". I had expected a hero and got a monster instead. And it's not just him. The Brotherhood rebellion is just as evil as the people they fight against. They said they'd corrupt the minds of children, kill hundreds of innocent people, encourage prostitution, disseminate disease, even throw acid in a child's face if it'd further their cause. Those are the "good guys" of the story. How am I suppose to support that? How am I supposed to root against the Party when the people opposing them are no better? How am I supposed to care if Winston lives or dies, when he's a pervert, and no better than a criminal? Why do so many people like this book?
  • Why pay?

    1
    By SchoenbergsNipple
    The book itself is superb, but apple's attempt to make money off of a book that is free press is not. Download a free PDF online.
  • Surprised Me

    4
    By A Fellow Grace Non Fan
    As an eighth grader, a teacher made me read this. I really didn't want to read it at all when I started but at the end of the book, I realized I had quite actually enjoyed the book. It really made me think and the book reminded me of North Korea and even America. It was scary to see how this book relates to the real world. Also, the beginning was a bit confusing to me with the title and setting being 1984, but then I realized the publishing date was 1949. I concluded that it was a futuristic book. The book has a somewhat interesting storyline but it has good psychology and thoughts. The ending of the book was bad though and I felt like it was too plain and bland. I definitely expected a more surprising and exciting ending. There's a part I found really boring where Winston read Goldenstein's book. I'm glad I read this book, but as an eighth grader, I feel like I didn't understand the book in it's fullest context. I plan on rereading it when I'm older and comparing my opinions about the book. Overall, great book, with few boring parts, and parts that really made me think about life. I would recommend it to some, who have the patience to read through this book and a more futuristic dystopian type. There were a few parts that were kind of unnecessary and more like fillers. Anyways, I rate it 4/5.
  • Never more relevant.

    5
    By TristansHaze
    The more I watch the actions of the trump administration, the more I fear that this is our future. Please read this book and realize that if we ever support him this WILL be our future. Orwell might as well have been Nostradamus.
  • good story

    5
    By The only xy
    the story seems to say the situation in China
  • Incredible

    5
    By Allthenicknamesaretaken12365
    If you want to have your mind blown, read this book.
  • Mental Constipation With a Side of Depression

    3
    By ProGamer41
    How could I explain this book? Well... To start off it was severely depressing. Our hero, Winston Smith is turned from a human (free thinker) to a robotic commie. In the way he is transformed is so depressing I cannot explain. George Orwell really killed the whole idea of "Socialism is the annihilation of dreams" about half way through the book. More than halfway and you've reached the point where he bombs the living crap out of this poor bastard of a topic by mutilating Winston and making him think just like the arrogant condescending people of "the party". In some ways, his idea could have been easily put into a short story, and it would have been brilliant. Instead, he dragged the whole thing out onto a huge story. It's kind of like taking a small picture and expanding it, only to find out that the details become blurry and the picture is unidentifiable. I was mighty bored of this book by about page 300. The only thing which saves this book is George Orwell's wonderful description and vocabulary which paints the picture ever so brilliantly and painfully in my mind. His use of common conspiracy is wonderful. It is one of those ideas of controversy which invites me to write a story about corruption which has happened in the 21st century (and trust me, there's plenty of it). Overall I wish the book was shortened a lot more, that way the message could get across a lot more easier without it being drowned out by the depression that bleeds onto the story so much.
  • Hmm.

    5
    By Socioty of the evening star
    I have never been so scared of a book in my life. It was so convincing. I genuinely started to believe in big brother. WAR IS PEACE FREEDOM IS SLAVERY IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH
  • A Warning

    5
    By Dwardeng
    Orwell wrote this right after WW2 when the Cold War began. Totalitarianism comes in many forms and can disable humanism and free thought. 1984 is a concept which unfortunately rings true. One only has to study human history and current events to see that it is indeed real and all around us.

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