With extraordinary relevance and renewed popularity, George Orwell’s 1984 takes on new life in this hardcover 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.
I think this is one that everyone needs to read at some point in their lives. It is such a powerful perspective on society that still applies today. I definitely recommend it.55
I loved this book. This should be assigned reading at most schools. It teaches a lot but it is also a classic that more people should read.45
Amazing to see this allegory written over 50 years ago happen in my own country, Nicaragua, in the last decade. The current dictator Daniel Ortega, with the Sandinistas, the Nicaraguan people, and the United States, overthrew the dictator Somoza in 1981. It is 2020, and not only is he far worse a human being than Somoza ever was, but the majority of Nicaraguans have forgotten what the Somoza era was anyways because of the lack of education provided by the same government that overthrew him. “Ortega y Somoza, son la misma cosa!” Which translates to, “Ortega and Somoza are the same thing” has been one of the most prominent chants on protests, but this should’ve been chanted years and years ago. Now Daniel Ortega lives a lonely life, with blood on his hands but unfortunately enjoying himself just like Napoleon on Animal Farm, and making a whole country suffer just like the animals. Now he just has to wait until he is overthrown, and we Nicaraguans have to make sure history never repeats itself again. Every Nicaraguan should have a copy of this book.55
This is a great book for those just reading for leisure or looking to get into reading but don’t know where to start, paired with 1984, it’s a great buy.55
I had to read this for school, my teacher said it’s such a great book, that’s how it stayed the most popular book of all time. First of all; it’s not the most popular book of all time. Not even close. I’ve never heard of it until I had to read it for school. Probably not even on the list of most popular books. Second; MOST BORING THING EVER why would anyone write something like this, and why would anyone wanna read it!? It’s literally animals fighting over politics! So boring!!!! Why do hate humans!? It never even explained. And beasts of England, that’s not a song. Or at least not a good one. Whoever likes this is either a teacher, or a nerd who has no idea what fun is. Such a pointless boring book.15
I love the style of this book, if you like history you would like this book. The similarities between acts that take place on the farm and the russian revolution really create a good satire and dystopia. After reading this book I would like to check out Orwell’s other books.55
A must read along with 1984. Both of these political novels are examples for all time.55
A pretentious and overrated book that strawmans socialism and communism to say “ruling class=bad”15
A great great about the horrors of communism55
GOD BLESS THIS BOOK!55