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.
Read it and compare to these times. The whole surveillance and methods the government used for control are scarily like now days. We must beware of the government’s path to totalitarianism. “Big Brother is watching you.”55
Change the title to 2021 and you’ll be reading non-fiction55
Erie similarities to today55
This book is unfolding right now in America 2020! Lockdowns, groupthink and censorship are all the rave on campuses, Congress, and the liberal unfree press!55
Orwell’s simple writing style draws you in. There is a familiarity with the characters that is not present in other novels. The story is palpable, riveting, and full of twists. Even one should read 2 books in their life and this is one of them.55
I wish I would’ve been required to read this in grade school. Better late than never... EVERYONE. NEEDS. TO. READ. THIS.55
Must read classic55
Winston is gross. The concepts and ideas in the book are fascinating, but I can’t get past how boring and disgusting a person the main character is.15
Look at the USA we live in right now. Must read book!45