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1984

1983 . Fiction, Classics, Literary, Dystopian, Political . George Orwell

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About the book

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A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick With extraordinary relevance and renewed popularity, George Orwell’s 1984 takes on new life in this edition. “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.

Year:

1983

Language:

English

Publisher:

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Pages:

648

ISBN:

0547249640 (ISBN13: 9780547249643)

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Reviews

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Maddie

3 months ago

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Unfortunately I had to read this for class, so I didn’t get to enjoy it as much as I probably would’ve if I read it in my free time. It’s a classic though so read it and decide for yourself!

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Mads Dalgaard

4 months ago

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En spidende politisk thriller og kommentar, blandet med sci fi. Set i et historisk perspektiv er bogen unik fordi den allerede før de store diktaturer i det 20. århundrede, var en advarsel til fritænkende mennesker. Samtidig har popkulturen lånt mange begreber fra denne bog og dermed er den blevet ikonisk. Slutningen er samtidig skræmmende. Bogen er forholdsvis let læst, omend der er et stort stykke midt i, der blot beskriver samfundet og dets opbygning, og som samtidig gør at historien står lidt stille. Bortset fra det, må bogen betegnes som en klassiker.

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Kory Williams

5 months ago

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It’s crazy how this book was written so long ago but still has so much relevance nowadays, such an amazing classic book that I didn’t know I needed to read until I read it!

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Elliot C image

6 months ago

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10 from when I was an angsty teenager. Rereading 20 years later, and damn this book has some boring, lecture-heavy moments. Still, the world created and the government machinations laid the framework for a million dystopian thoughtpieces.

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Joshua Fallov Turner

8 months ago

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Beautiful story. 1984 is perhaps one of the most relevant books of today and it expertly shows the struggle of disliking the Society one lives in. A book everyone should read at least once in their lifetime.

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Caroline Stadsbjerg

11 months ago

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Fuckede med mit hoved så hårdt. Kan kun anbefale!! Læs den hvis du er til sci-fi og overvågningssamfund. Den er vild

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Tarsha Coleman

1 year ago

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Orwell's 1984 becomes more and more relevent every year, with different themes being highlighted with each changing political climate. A book that really calls you to think about the reality you exist in. Pulled me back into the world of reading and fiction especially the classics.

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Jake Sinnott

1 year ago

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Pretty hard concept to understand but when I read it in high school it definitely made me think differently. Would highly recommend.

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Anja Nakarada Pecujlic

1 year ago

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I read it now to compare it with „Brave New World“ and in my opinion, besides both being dystopian, they are not comparable. 1984 depicts the dystopian world in greater detail and it‘s primary focus is the society and it‘s mecahnism (vs. meaning of personal hapiness in „Brave New World“). Great book to read especially in these time of data collection.

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Sherlene

1 month ago

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Absolute classic and just as relevant today as when it was written!

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Yasser Sahli

4 months ago

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The author talks about the negative aspects of the Soviet Union even though he didn't live there

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Donia H

4 months ago

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Definitely one of the books worth reading in high school.

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Dan Hodson

6 months ago

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Brilliant & a scary vision of a future that we could easily sleep walk right in to!

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Jaron Sanchez

7 months ago

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literally one of the greatest books ever made please read it

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Cinfiv Tang

7 months ago

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Thought-provoking and I also cried at the end for some reason

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