1984 by George Orwell

1984

The year 1984 has come and gone, but George Orwell's prophetic, nightmarish vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is timelier than ever. 1984 is still the great modern classic of "negative utopia" -a startlingly original and haunting novel that creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing, from the first sentence to the last four words. No one can deny the novel's hold on the imaginations of whole generations, or the power of i...


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Title1984
ISBN9780451524935
Author
Release DateJul 1st, 1950
PublisherNew American Library
LanguageEnglish
Number of pages328 pages
GenreScience Fiction, Dystopia, Academic, School, Fantasy, Adult, Science Fiction Fantasy
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Reviews 1984

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • ❁ بــدريــه ❁
    2014-08-14
    " لو أمكن لعامة الشعب أن يدركوا مدى قوتهم ، لما كانت هناك حاجة للتآمر، فكل ما يحتاجه الأمر أن ينتفضوا مثلما ينتفض الحصان لإزاحة الذباب بعيدًا عنه ! " أن تكون الحياة التي تعيشها مزورة ! أن تكون مجبر على حياة لا تتناسب مع طريقة تفكيرك . و أن تعزل تمامًا ع...
  • Ahmed
    2014-04-25
    المؤسسات المصرية أصبحت بتمنح مميزات لمن يبلغ عن (إرهابي) , من فرص عمل وخلافه , يعني بورقة وسخة ممكن تأذي جارك اللي بينك وبينه مشاكل أو تسجن زميلك اللي بينافسك في الشغل , يعني المفروض نعمل لجورج أورويل مقام ونطوف حواليه.الرواية التى سنسجن بسببها جميعا...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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!
  • Markus
    2014-01-21
    “War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.” In a world of constant war between three all-controlling superpowers, every single human being in Oceania is being ruled by the Party. All freedom is gone, all pleasures are forbidden, all information is propaganda, rebellion is unthinkable, and your relatives will not hesitate to betray you. Even thinking rebellious thoughts is a crime, bound to get the attention of the Thought Polic...
  • 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...
  • Rowena
    2013-09-15
    “Everything faded into mist. The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became truth.” - George Orwell, 1984It’s been over 5 years since I last read 1984 and I still find the storyline as horrific as ever. It's terrifying to think of a world in which your own children are spies for the government and can turn you in, where cameras are watching you 24/7, where one could be accused of committing a "facecrime" or having an "ownli...
  • Jo 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...
  • Kaya
    2014-11-26
    “Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood.” Orwell caught me off guard. After a slow start, the novel picked up the pace. It was depressing, dark and hopeless. For some reason, every time Winston's name is mentioned, I think of Winston Churchill. This is not a story about revolution or making world a better place, but the story about a corrupted power and what you get if you connect two incompatible ideologies - fasci...
  • 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...
  • Carlo
    2010-08-25
    Simple: Nineteen Eighty Four is a book everyone should read. Not because it should be classified under non-fiction, nor because it explores entirely new aspects of human nature, and nor even because of the breathtaking imagination of George Orwell, but because of the simple fact that if we want to “survive,” it can be crucial for our survival and of our world as we know it. One of my favorite books is The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoevsky. I b...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Frankie
    2012-04-09
    Great read. Read it the first time when I was 18 and it blew me away but it didn't have the same effect second time around. Still loved it thought.Very intense story and that ending........scary shit.Loved it.
  • Yousra
    2014-07-18
    أردت بشدة مفاجأة الأصدقاء هنا على الجودريدز بقولٍ مثل: هل تعتقدون أنني سأكتب مراجعة لهذا الكتاب المخيف ومن ثم لا أعلم ماذا يحدث لي بعدها في عالم منفتح ومع ما يزيد على ١٠٠٠ شخص لا أعرف منهم سوى عدد محدود من الأصدقاء الذين قابلتهم في الحياة الحقيقية و...