1984 by George Orwell

1984

Alternate cover edition of ASIN B003JTHWKUFor previous cover edition see hereAmong 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 nightmarish vision of a totalitarian, bureaucratic world and one poor stiff's attempt to find individuality. The brilliance of the novel is Orwell's p...


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Title1984
Author
Release DateSep 3rd, 2013
PublisherHoughton Mifflin Harcourt
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-...
  • 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?
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
    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 ...
  • 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...
  • Matthew
    2013-01-08
    Yes! This book! Amazing! Terrifying, brutal, intricate, prophetic - and, in one big word, GENIUS!This was a reread - the last time I read this was over 20 years ago and I wanted to see if the 5 star rating and its standing in one of my top 3 favorite books held up - and it most certainly does.If this book was written today in the midst of the slew of dystopian novels that come out, it may not have stood out. But, this book was way ahead of its ti...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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!
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Leonard Gaya
    2014-02-25
    1948: Europe was only starting to recover from the slaughter of World War II. Nazi Germany had been crushed by the Russian army in the East and by the Anglo-American forces in the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. The totalitarian regimes of Hitler, Mussolini and Imperial Japan had just been defeated. Stalin was going strong. Franco was undisturbed. However, the war was not quite over: the Allies, Russia on one side, the USA (+ Britain and France) ...
  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    2017-03-29
    I know this is a well loved classic and I definitely enjoyed some parts... but some times I found myself a bit bored :S
  • Brent Weeks
    2012-03-20
    When I was a high school freshman, I picked up 1984 off the shelf at the school library. Older kid I didn't know came up to me--Hispanic guy from some big city in a maybe 90% white, small-town Montana school, always dressed like a gangster, ran with a rough crowd--I'll admit I felt a little threatened. He said, "Hey man, you gotta read that. My dad told me when he first read that book, he'd take two hits of acid, read a chapter, and then take two...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Ginger
    2018-11-19
    FIVE BRILLIANT AND TERRIFYING STARS!Well, that’s just horrifying with what I just read!!“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”You’re wondering if you should read this? YES, without a doubt! It’s one of the best books written about a tyrannical government and the propaganda they instill on their citizens.The beginning of 1984 starts off slow. But settle in because it it's a slow burn to a...
  • Justin
    2011-10-24
    Hello friends. Let’s chat for a second here. This is 1984. It was written by George Orwell. Maybe you were forced to sit down and read it in high school, and you hated it because you were in high school, and you had to take quizzes and write essays and stuff as you read it. But high school is over, alright? You’re out there in the real world right now being an adult (I’m not going to say “adulting” because, come on, that’s stupid). Yo...