A Novel

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Written in 1948, 1984 was George Orwell's chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, his dystopian vision of a government that will do anything to control the narrative is timelier than ever...

*Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read*

" The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command. "

Winston Smith toes the Party line, rewriting history to satisfy the demands of the Ministry of Truth. With each lie he writes, Winston grows to hate the Party that seeks power for its own sake and persecutes those who dare to commit thoughtcrimes. But as he starts to think for himself, Winston can't escape the fact that Big Brother is always watching...

A startling and haunting vision of the world, 1984 is so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the influence of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of multiple generations of readers, or the resiliency of its admonitions--a legacy that seems only to grow with the passage of time.
Publisher: New York : Harcourt Brace, 1983.
ISBN: 9780452262935
Branch Call Number: PR6029.R8 N49 1983
Characteristics: 267, [3] pages ; 21 cm.
Alternative Title: Nineteen eighty-four.


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Nov 06, 2014

It deserves more than 5 stars.

Jul 11, 2012

Big Brother, the Thought Police, Hate Week, Newspeak - all are disturbing components of this dark, frightening tale of a dystopian, futuristic society made popular by George Orwell.
I prefer 1984 over other dystopian novels such as Fahrenheit 451 or Brave New World because of the considerable depth it devotes to explaining why and how this society came to be which I found lacking in the others. The psychology behind the hunger and dangers of supreme power in the hands of a few and the evil corruption it so inevitably breeds is so strongly elucidated and in such a diabolical fashion, it makes for a compelling read. The most frightening aspect is some of the concepts can be seen taking form in today’s society….

May 17, 2012

A perfectly bleak picture of the future where reality is whatever the controlling power says it is. The language that Orwell introduced in this book is so influential in our politics that it's worth reading to see how Orwell's ideas permeate our society today.


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May 17, 2012

"...History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right. I know, of course, that the past is falsified, but it would never be possible for me to prove it, even when I did the falsification myself. After the thing is done, no evidence remains. The only evidence is inside my own mind, and I don't know with any certainty that any other human being shares my memories..."


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