1984

1984

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Orwell's terrifying vision of a totalitarian future. Its hero, Winston Smith, is a worker at the Ministry of Truth, where he falsifies records for the party. Secretly subversive, he and his colleague Julia try to free themselves from political slavery but the price of freedom is betrayal.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1992, c1949
ISBN: 9780679417392
0679417397
9780435123574
0435123572
9780141187761
014118776X
9780141036144
Branch Call Number: FICTION ORW
Characteristics: 325 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Orwell, George 1903-1950
Alternative Title: Nineteen eighty-four

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Winston and Julie live in a world defined by the slogan: “Big Brother is Watching You”. The Party has banned individuality, all actions are monitored by video camera, and vocabulary is manipulated to control people’s ability to conceive, retain, or express ideas. When Winson and Julie pursue a ro... Read More »

Orwell's terrifying vision of a totalitarian future. Its hero, Winston Smith, is a worker at the Ministry of Truth, where he falsifies records for the party. Secretly subversive, he and his colleague Julia try to free themselves from political slavery but the price of freedom is betrayal.


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LadySade
Aug 22, 2017

What mainstream book could be more relevant to this time? In mortification, I saw how there are signs of "common ground" to the present day in Orwell's story of a man living under a totalitarian regime. A narrative generating media, tyranny masquerading as equality, and the thought police controlling others with diverting opinions, I mean, its all quite chilling. I recommend everyone to read it.

Mark_Daly Aug 15, 2017

This book has stayed fresh for over a half-century not so much from Orwell's predictive powers, but from the passion and sympathy he wrote into it. Plus, his consummate skill with interior monologue outshines aspects of his world-building that can seem faintly ridiculous. Oh poor, poor Winston...

AL_CODY Aug 09, 2017

My favorite all time book! This terrifying story about what life would be like if everything we did was monitored and controlled by a fascist government. This was one of the very first books I read that truly had me engaged and concerned for the characters. It keeps you guessing and throws one curve ball after another at you.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 18, 2017

George Orwell’s 1984 is a story of an oppressive class system and government, secrecy, mistrust, social conditioning, and the power of love and hate in balance. No conflict is simple - everything is grey. It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read, and yet, a part of me (a big part) actually hated it. That’s what makes it so brilliant. As I was reading, I was so uncomfortable that I nearly put it down, but something made me stay. Even though I hated the protagonist for the majority of the book, I kept reading. I won’t give away too much, but I do encourage you to read it despite how uncomfortable it may make you. The fact that I hated it made me love it all the more, because it told me a lot about myself in the process. I would recommend this book to you if you are looking to be a little bit scared, enthralled, and overall, if you’re looking for a challenge to what you think you know.  Pair with Brave New World and/or Handmaid’s Tale for best results.
- @freckleface675 of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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fledge
Jul 15, 2017

This is the third time I’ve read it, with great time intervals between the readings. I’m much less impressed now. It’s worth reading, but only once. The level of control it conveys is utterly impossible – and not necessary for murderous regimes to enjoy total control. Oceania isn't a patch on modern-day North Korea.

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8408408
Jun 30, 2017

An interesting look into the direction our world could head in. Strongly recommended for anyone searching for a good dystopian novel (Dystopian because it was, at the time it was written, set in the future.)

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Ratsarecool3
Jun 21, 2017

The best "dystopia" novel I have read. Extremely accurate take on society and very well imagined world, as well as character depth. However, the ending is one of the hardest endings to take. Do not read the book expecting anything positive to happen. I would strongly recommend this book.

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ArcticAndy
May 31, 2017

A classic novel about a man totally suppressed by a totalitarian government. Read it years ago, but still as I read it again, I was hopeful that Winston would get free. "we shall meet in the place where there is no darkness" - sorry Winston, there is only darkness for you and 2 + 2 = 5. Big Brother is in control. Recommended reading.

ehbooklover May 27, 2017

I'll start out by saying that I enjoyed this book way more than I did when I forced to read it back in high school English class. This time around, the story kept me on the edge of my seat. I found the entire concept pretty terrifying, scarily familiar, and the concept certainly didn't seem as far-fetched as it did all those years ago.

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debbyostberg
May 12, 2017

Read this back in the early 70's but did not remember it at all. So depressing. No hope for this poor guy! Anyway, with God totally removed from all worship or thought, ( good news! God is in control of this world) you are left with Big Brother watching your every breath - even if you are sleeping and you say something wrong in your sleep. Admittedly there are a few countries that total control exists but nothing like this book. I read it and now I can cross this off the list.

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Assiduous
Apr 07, 2017

"Big Brother is Watching You."

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Calsx
Aug 03, 2016

2+2=5

Sonjahv Jul 19, 2015

"After all, what justification is there for a word which is simply the opposite of some other words? - Take 'good', for instance. If you have a word like 'good', what need is there for a word like 'bad'? 'Ungood' will do just as well."

SPL_STARR Jun 23, 2015

"it was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen."

Laura_X Apr 21, 2015

Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood.

pratima1 Jun 18, 2013

“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.”

JennComishen Jul 17, 2012

A hideous ecstasy of fear and vindictiveness, a desire to kill, to torture, to smash faces in with a sledgehammer, seemed to flow through the whole group of people like an electric current, turning one even against one's will into a grimacing, screaming lunatic." Part 1, Chapter 1, pg. 16

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Jeroman
May 07, 2012

Under the spreading chestnut tree
I sold you and you sold me
now here we lie and there they lie
under the spreading chestnut tree

andrew_james_shkreli Apr 04, 2012

"Orthodoxy is unconsciousness."
-Syme

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haPPY_FUn_baLL
Jan 29, 2010

Who controls the past,’ ran the Party slogan, ‘controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.

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platypus101 Jul 11, 2013

Orwell had a daunting task: creating a future nearly half a century away from the time period in which he was writing. This future had to be its own complex, independent society, but it also had to be the natural end result of the totalitarianism Orwell witnessed in the communist and socialist regimes of World War II. That's part of the horror of 1984: this future is a recognizable one, even in the 21st century. It's easy to see how those in control can, through manipulation and propaganda, maintain that control simply for the sake of sating their own power hunger. It's easy to say "no one could ever tell me what to think or what to do," but the Party's use of Big Brother, the Thought Police, the Two-Minute Hate, and Doublethink make it easy to see how a person's ability to think independently and discern fiction from reality can be eroded when there is no touchstone to fact. Revising and rewriting the past to make certain that Big Brother and the Party are always correct has effectively eliminated historical accuracy. How can one think and reason in a society where everything is a fabrication?

JennComishen Jul 17, 2012

Winston, a member of the straight forward, controlled society we now live in 1984, begins to question Big Brother, along with a collegue of his. The two of them get information and try to take down Big Brother themselves, however with the help of a betrayel Big Brother catches on to their plans. Using the dark methods of Double think and the haunting room 101, both Winston and his collegue are 'barinwashed' as the rest of society is, and taken over by Big Brother

Bayside Jul 02, 2012

Nineteen Eighty-four is about a Utopian society set in that year. In this society the government controls everything, including the past, the present, the future, privacy and language. Citizens are controlled by fear and brainwashing, and are always under direct supervision by telescreens, allowing little to no privacy. The novel revolves around a member of the society by the name of Winston. Winston is a relatively average member who, throughout the course of the novel, begins to secretly rebel against his government.

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JihadiConservative
May 26, 2015

Sexual Content: Contains sex throughout. However, it is not particularly graphic. But it is throughout. There are some sex scenes, references, prostitutes (Man has a dream about going to a 60 year old prostitute: Disturbing) Sex talk throughout.

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liya6
Jan 28, 2014

Violence: Contains violence

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