1984 by George Orwell

1984

Among the seminal texts of the 20th century, Nineteen Eighty-Four is a rare work that grows more haunting as its futuristic purgatory becomes more real. Published in 1949, the book offers political satirist George Orwell's nightmare vision of a totalitarian, bureaucratic world and one poor stiff's attempt to find individuality. The brilliance of the novel is Orwell's prescience of modern life--the ubiquity of television, the distortion of the lan...


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Title1984
ISBN9780451524935
Author
Release DateJul 1st, 1950
PublisherNew American Library
LanguageEnglish
GenreClassics, Fiction, Science Fiction, Dystopia
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Reviews 1984

  • Bill Kerwin
    2007-05-28
    This book is far from perfect. Its characters lack depth, its rhetoric is sometimes didactic, its plot (well, half of it anyway) was lifted from Zumyatin’s We, and the lengthy Goldstein treatise shoved into the middle is a flaw which alters the structure of the novel like a scar disfigures a face.But in the long run, all that does not matter, because George Orwell got it right.Orwell, a socialist who fought against Franco, watched appalled as t...
  • Silvana
    2007-12-07
    WAR IS PEACE.FREEDOM IS SLAVERY.IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.Those words keep sounding in my head since I read this book. Gosh, probably the most haunting not to mention frightening book I've ever read. 1984 should also be included in the horror genre.1984 describes a Utopia. Not Thomas More's version of Utopia, but this is one is the antithesis, i.e. Dystopia. Imagine living in a country, whose leaders apply a totalitarian system in regulating their ci...
  • Dave
    2007-07-28
    In George Orwell's 1984, Winston Smith is an open source developer who writes his code offline because his ISP has installed packet sniffers that are regulated by the government under the Patriot Act. It's really for his own protection, though. From, like, terrorists and DVD pirates and stuff. Like every good American, he drinks Coca-Cola and his processed food has desensitized his palate to all but four flavors: sweet, salty-so-that-you-will-dri...
  • John Wiswell
    2007-08-12
    1984 is not a particularly good novel, but it is a very good essay. On the novel front, the characters are bland and you only care about them because of the awful things they live through. As a novel all the political exposition is heavyhanded, and the message completely overrides any sense of storytelling. As an essay, the points it makes can be earthshaking. It seems everyone who has so much as gotten a parking ticket thinks he lives in a 1984-...
  • Mohammed Arabey
    2013-02-04
    It's written 1948? Clearly History has its twisted ways to repeat itself..A Note that MUST be written in the cover of every edition..لم اتوقع أن هذا التحذير "إن هذه الرواية تحذير وليست بدليل" بهذه الواقعية، مازالت الحكومات العربية تراقب الجميع لحماية أمن الحكام..بينما مازال أمن الأفراد هزيلا..منعدماهي الر...
  • Huda Yahya
    2012-04-19
    حدثني عن القهرعن الاستعبادعن الذلثم حدثني بأدق التفاصيل عن مراحل تقويض الكائن الانسانيحدثني كثيرا وطويلا كي أعي هذا الدماركي أتشربهكي أدميه في لحمي وأعصابي نصلا حادا طويلاكي أنزف روحي بكاءكي أتعلم شيئا نافعا قبل أن أغادر هذا العالم البائسحدثني ...
  • Obaydah Amer
    2011-06-03
    هذه الرواية لا يجب أن تصنف أدبا ورواية وفنا وحسب ..كلا .. هي أكبر من ذلك, يجب أن تدرس كحالة مستعصية في علم الاجتماع وعلم السياسة .. !عندما كتب جورج أورويل في الـ1949 كان متشائما لدرجة بعيدة لما سيؤول له العالم بعد 1984نعم، ربما لم يتحقق ما قاله أورويل تماما...
  • Stephen
    2008-08-28
    I am a big fan of speculative fiction and in my literary travels I have encountered a myriad of dystopias, anti-utopias and places and societies that make one want to scream and..... ...(with or without contemporaneous loss of bladder and other bodily functions)....Simply put, George Orwell's 1984 is unquestionably the most memorable and MOST DISTURBING vision of a world gone mad utterly bat-shit psycho that I have ever experienced. Ever!!! Desp...
  • Lyndsey
    2011-01-06
    YOU. ARE. THE. DEAD. Oh my God. I got the chills so many times toward the end of this book. It completely blew my mind. It managed to surpass my high expectations AND be nothing at all like I expected. Or in Newspeak "Double Plus Good."Let me preface this with an apology. If I sound stunningly inarticulate at times in this review, I can't help it. My mind is completely fried.This book is like the dystopian Lord of the Rings, with its richly devel...
  • Maria
    2018-02-19
    I'm gonna ask myself a mandatory question and say nothing more.Why the fuck had I not read this book before?
  • Amanda
    2008-06-06
    I've put off writing a review for 1984 because it's simply too daunting to do so. I liked 1984 even better after a second reading (bumping it up from a 4 star to a 5 star) because I think that, given the complexity of the future created by Orwell, multiple readings may be needed to take it all in. I thought it was genius the first time and appreciated that genius even more the second time. Orwell had a daunting task: creating a future nearly half...
  • Starjustin
    2017-03-27
    What can I possibly say about this amazing novel, 1984 by George Orwell, that hasn't been already said by many who have read the book for over half a century. When it is said that the book is 'haunting', 'nightmarish', and 'startling' any reader would have to agree! This well known novel grips the reader from the beginning and does not even let go of the grip at the finished reading. A classic you won't want to miss if you haven't taken the time ...
  • فهد الفهد
    2011-06-25
    1984 نشر أورويل هذه الرواية بعد أربع سنوات من نشر روايته (مزرعة الحيوان)، كانت مزرعة الحيوان عن انهيار الحلم الشيوعي، وتبعثره على يد الستالينيين، وكيف أن المجتمع الشيوعي أصبح أسوأ بكثير من المجتمع الرأسمالي، وأنه ليست أرزاق العمال والفلاحين المهدد...
  • أحمد أبازيد Ahmad Abazed
    2011-01-29
    " انتبه : الأخ الكبير يراقبك ! "رواية صادمة تمثّل زلزالا للوعي و اللاوعي لدى كلّ من يقرؤها , هذه الرواية التي شكّلت ذروة عبقريّة جورج أورويل و تأثّره و تأثيره في الوعي العالمي و التاريخ الحديث .الأخ الكبير عند أورويل له مرادفات في ثقافتنا العربية الرا...
  • Joe
    2017-02-08
    Social media is a cage full of starved rats and all of us have our heads stuck in there now, like it or not.
  • Leo .
    2017-11-09
    Is Orwell turning in his grave? Does his epitaph read. "I fucking warned you! Don't say I never told you so! "Did he have a crystal fucking ball?***If you want truth, go out and seeNot like in 1984, Richard Burton on TVOrwell must have been psychic, or was he in the knowCos' what's going on in the world clearly showsThat humanity is programmed through a TV screenSince its conception, its all its ever beenNews, films, dramas, sports, soaps and car...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2008-10-11
    547. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George OrwellNineteen Eighty-Four, often published as 1984, is a dystopian novel published in 1949 by English author George Orwell. The novel is set in Airstrip One, formerly Great Britain, a province of the superstate Oceania, whose residents are victims of perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance and public manipulation. Oceania's political ideology, euphemistically named English Socialism (shortened to "Ing...
  • Bookdragon Sean
    2018-06-09
    “The best books... are those that tell you what you know already.” Just about everything Orwell says in 1984 is a maniacal truism. In some twisted form, everything reflects the truth of reality. Of course there are exaggerations, though nothing is far from plausibility. We are controlled by our governments, and often in ways we are not consciously aware of. Advertisements, marketing campaigns and political events are all designed for us to ...
  • Lisa
    2014-06-25
    Doubleplusgood Maxitruth in Oldspeak on Doublethink and Crimestop! (Translation from Newspeak: Excellent, accurate analysis of oppressive, selective society in well-written Standard English reflecting on the the capacity to hold two contradictory opinions for truth at the same time and on the effectiveness of protective stupidity as a means to keep a power structure stable.)There is not much left to say about this prophetic novel by Orwell which ...
  • Ahmed
    2014-04-25
    كل ما تشوف صور الرئيس السيسي حفظه الله في الشوارع، اِفتكر الأخ الكبير، وكل ما تشوف الإعلام المصري، افتكر الرواية دي، وغسيل الدماغ اللي بيُمارس علينا.المؤسسات المصرية أصبحت بتمنح مميزات لمن يبلغ عن (إرهابي) , من فرص عمل وخلافه , يعني بورقة وسخة ممكن ...
  • James Trevino
    2017-09-21
    I reread this recently, knowing my mind from a few years ago is different from my mind now. But it was surprisingly just as scary! Maybe even more so, if that is possible!!I wonder if there is someone who has read 1984 and has not felt angry and helpless. It is a good book. It is so good that it made my want to throw away my Kindle. And that is a lot, considering the last time that happened was when I read about The Red Wedding in George R.R. Mar...
  • Joey Woolfardis
    2016-01-12
    Read as part of The Infinite Variety Reading Challenge, based on the BBC's Big Read Poll of 2003. "For, if leisure and security were enjoyed by all alike, the great mass of human beings who are normally stupefied by poverty would become literate and would learn to think for themselves; and when once they had done this, they would sooner or later realise that the privileged minority had no function, and they would sweep it away." Nineteen Eighty-F...
  • Cecily
    2008-05-30
    Revised for 2017, with added "Alternative Facts"Ten Shades of Grey?The colour of this book is grey, relentless grey: of skin, sky, food, floor, walls, mind, life itself. Added piquancy comes from general decay, drudgery, exploitation, chronic sickness, and malaise.There is also sex and (non-sexual) bondage, domination, and torture.I don’t expect a dystopian book to be happy reading, but this reread was far grimmer than I remembered it, partly b...
  • Emily May
    2010-12-05
    This was the book that started my love affair with the dystopian genre. And maybe indirectly influenced my decision to do a politics degree. I was only 12 years old when I first read it but I suddenly saw how politics could be taken and manipulated to tell one hell of a scary and convincing story. I'm a lot more well-read now but, back then, this was a game-changer. I started to think about things differently. I started to think about 2 + 2 = 5 a...
  • Amira Mahmoud
    2014-03-02
    2+2=5وعليك اعتباراها حقيقة مُسلم بها كيف؟والمنطق والفكر والمعادلات والدلائل والتاريخ ...إلخ، ليس لها قيمة إذن فالجهل هو القوةوأين حريتك في التفكير والرأي! الحرية هي العبوديةأسوء أنواع القمع، هي تلك التي تُمارس على العقل والتفكيرأنت لا تملك سوى تلك ...
  • Lyn
    2011-08-02
    “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”This changed the way that I looked at ideologies and changed the way I looked at leadership. Cynical, scathing, and not without its flaws, this is still a stark, haunting glimpse at what could be. “War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.”Chilling. The closing lines still come to me sometimes and remind me of depths that I can only imagine.“He gaz...
  • Joe Valdez
    2017-01-13
    My preparedness for the regime change taking place in the United States--with elements of the Electoral College, the Kremlin and the FBI helping to install a failed business promoter who the majority of American voters did not support in the election--begins with 1984 by George Orwell. Like many, this 1949 novel was assigned reading for me in high school. What stood out to me then was that I needed to finish it because there would be a test. Stud...
  • Zoë
    2015-05-02
    Goodness gracious this was very unsettling. I'm already a pretty paranoid person, so the idea of Big Brother was both very intriguing but also extremely frightening.I really enjoyed reading this, but there were moments when I wasn't invested in the story and wanted to take a break from it, mostly in the last half of the book. Still DEFINITELY worth the read, though!
  • Nawal Al-Qussyer
    2010-05-27
    أضفت مراجعة الرواية في مدونتي ضمن 50 كتاب غيرنيhttp://www.nawalsaad.com/?p=4108وأضفت رابط لتقرير رحالة قام بزيارة كوريا الشمالية، وكان صادمًا تطابق استراتيجات الرواية مع ما يفعل في كوريا الشمالية.المجد للكتب التي تحدث ضجة داخل عقلك.. المجد للكتب التي تحفز اليقطة...
  • Antonio
    2014-07-05
    Este libro me sigue atormentando...Antes de hablar de la historia, primero quiero hablar un poco sobre géneros literarios, si yo se debería enfocarme en el libro pero denme un momento, nunca he sido fanático del género del terror, por dos razones: asustarse para divertirse no me parece muy lógico, y la otra razón es que siempre hay una vocecita en mi cabeza que, cuando se trata de monstruos, fantasmas, demonios, vampiros, posesiones, etc. m...