A dystopian novel, 1984 is one of the most influential works of the twentieth century by George Orwell. 1984 is set in Oceania, one of three inter-continental super states that divided the world after a global war. The protagonist Winston Smith is a member of the Outer Party, works in the Records Department of the Ministry of Truth as an editor, revising historical records, deleting references to people who have been "vaporised". The city is ruled by a mysterious leader known as Big Brother. Telescreens, microphones and ...
A dystopian novel, 1984 is one of the most influential works of the twentieth century by George Orwell. 1984 is set in Oceania, one of three inter-continental super states that divided the world after a global war. The protagonist Winston Smith is a member of the Outer Party, works in the Records Department of the Ministry of Truth as an editor, revising historical records, deleting references to people who have been "vaporised". The city is ruled by a mysterious leader known as Big Brother. Telescreens, microphones and cameras are installed in every building that allows the Thought Police to identify anyone who might compromise the Party's regime. People there are afraid for being arrested for thought crime due to the infraction of expressing thoughts contradictory to the Party's ideology. Smith tries to get more information about the true past, and purchases an old journal in an antiques shop in a proletarian neighbourhood of London. In a place beside his flat's telescreen where he believes he cannot be seen, he begins writing a journal criticizing the Party and its enigmatic leader, Big Brother. By doing so, he commits a crime that, if discovered by the Thought Police, warrants certain death. Winston quickly resigns himself to the fact that he will eventually be arrested for thought crime. In the journal, he records his sexual frustration over a young woman maintaining the novel-writing machines at the ministry named Julia, whom Winston is attracted to but suspects is an informant?. A love story set in the background of war, confusion, doubts, insanity and manipulations, 1984 is classic in its content, plot and style. In 2005, the novel was chosen by Time magazine as one of the 100 best English-language novels. In 2003, the novel was listed at number 8 on the BBC's survey The Big Read. Embassy Books proudly presents this book as part of the Embassy Classics Series, which comprises of some of the finest literary works of great authors
Written in 1948, George Orwell's classic book 1984 has great relevance for the modern reader. As is typical with this genre of books (such as Fahrenheit 451 and The Giver) a hero emerges who challenges the status quo of a totalitarian government in a dystopian future. What is startling about this book is that many of its themes can be found in modern life. The reshaping of consciousness (as evidenced by the Common Core, political correctness, the liberal news media, the entertainment industry, the prevalence of liberal college professors at our universities), the erasure of memory (revisionist history, the goal of removing all things Confederate), the surveillance state (Big Brother), control of thought and speech (again, political correctness), and a state of continuous war (the Global War on Terror) are all ideas and trends that can be found in both this book and in modern society. One can also see evidence of doublespeak in both this book and in modern life: there is nothing affordable about the (un)Affordable Care Act. Moreover, people are now being deceived into thinking that if we give more of our money and more of our freedom to the government, then, (somehow) we will create more prosperity and more liberty. Nothing could be further from the truth. Amazingly, George Orwell had the future all figured out decades ago with this eye opening and prescient book. The question is, are modern readers going to heed Orwell's warning?
Sep 26, 2013
THE classic for your personal library
Bought this one to replace my old, worn-out copy, with intentions to re-read the text, along with other such books. ( Looking Backward, for example.)
Aug 8, 2013
Things to know
A story of how a person thinks how things could happen, and could come to light again, based on the present governement overruling our Constitution.
Dec 27, 2012
Half the size of a regular hard cover book. Threw it in the trash.
Nov 22, 2012
The question would I recommend this item to a friend doesn't seem to apply to a seller review. The book is boring. The state of the book when received was excellent as was the length of time it took to receive the book.
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