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Hidden away in the Record Department of the sprawling Ministry of Truth, Winston Smith skilfully rewrites the past to suit the needs of the Party. Yet he inwardly rebels against the totalitarian world he lives in, which demands absolute obedience and controls him through the all-seeing telescreens and the watchful eye of Big Broth
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Paperback, Penguin Modern Classics, 355 pages
Published January 29th 2004 by Penguin Books Ltd (first published 1949)
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Bigsoph Maybe you are expecting a happy ending, where love triumphs over all and human spirit is set free?
If this was made into a movie now, they would likely…more
Maybe you are expecting a happy ending, where love triumphs over all and human spirit is set free?
If this was made into a movie now, they would likely cast Will Smith as Winston and have him overthrow the government and rescue Julia(less)
Niklas Big Brother is the personification of the state of Oceania. The book explains that the existence of Big Brother is necessary because it is easier to…moreBig Brother is the personification of the state of Oceania. The book explains that the existence of Big Brother is necessary because it is easier to love a person than an organisation, and that the name "Big Brother" was selected because it plays on family loyalty. (less)

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Silvana
Dec 07, 2007 Silvana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
WAR IS PEACE.

FREEDOM IS SLAVERY.

IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.

Those words keep sounding in my head since I read this book. Gosh, probably the most haunting not to mention frightening book I've ever read. 1984 should also be included in the horror genre.

1984 describes a Utopia. Not Thomas More's version of Utopia, but this is one is the antithesis, i.e. Dystopia. Imagine living in a country, whose leaders apply a totalitarian system in regulating their citizen, in the most extreme ways, which make Hitler
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Dave
Jul 28, 2007 Dave rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In George Orwell's 1984, Winston Smith is an open source developer who writes his code offline because his ISP has installed packet sniffers that are regulated by the government under the Patriot Act. It's really for his own protection, though. From, like, terrorists and DVD pirates and stuff. Like every good American, he drinks Coca-Cola and his processed food has desensitized his palate to all but four flavors: sweet, salty-so-that-you-will-drink-more-coca-cola, sweet, and Cooler Ranch!(tm). H ...more
John Wiswell
Aug 12, 2007 John Wiswell rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Classics readers, political readers concerned with overreaches
1984 is not a particularly good novel, but it is a very good essay. On the novel front, the characters are bland and you only care about them because of the awful things they live through. As a novel all the political exposition is heavyhanded, and the message completely overrides any sense of storytelling. As an essay, the points it makes can be earthshaking. It seems everyone who has so much as gotten a parking ticket thinks he lives in a 1984-dystopia. Every administration that reaches for po ...more
Mohammed Arabey
Feb 04, 2013 Mohammed Arabey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's written 1948? Clearly History has its twisted ways to repeat itself..
A Note that MUST be written in the cover of every edition..

لم اتوقع أن هذا التحذير "إن هذه الرواية تحذير وليست بدليل" بهذه الواقعية، مازالت الحكومات العربية تراقب الجميع لحماية أمن الحكام..بينما مازال أمن الأفراد هزيلا..منعدما

هي الرواية التي كتبت في 1948 بعبقرية، أرسي بها جورج أورويل قواعد روايات الديستوبيا بحق
وإن كانت مستوحاه من واقع محيط به ولكن التاريخ دائما يجد وسيلة ليتكرر ويزيد وينتشر ويتوغل
هي رواية مازالت صداها في
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Obaydah Amer
Jun 03, 2011 Obaydah Amer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
هذه الرواية لا يجب أن تصنف أدبا ورواية وفنا وحسب ..
كلا .. هي أكبر من ذلك,
يجب أن تدرس كحالة مستعصية في علم الاجتماع وعلم السياسة .. !

عندما كتب جورج أورويل في الـ1949 كان متشائما لدرجة بعيدة لما سيؤول له العالم بعد 1984
نعم، ربما لم يتحقق ما قاله أورويل تماما، لكنه قد حصل بصورة موازية وشبيهة في كثير من المجتمعات الشمولية
لنتحدث عن سوريا مثلا :

الأخ الكبير : القائد الملهم والرئيس الشاب الدكتور بشار الأسد ..
أعضاء الحزب الداخلي: بعض المكونات الرئيسية للنظام
أعضاء الحزب الخارجي: حزب البعث
العامة: 19 مليون
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Bill  Kerwin
May 28, 2007 Bill Kerwin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book is far from perfect. Its characters lack depth, its rhetoric is sometimes didactic, its plot (well, half of it anyway) was lifted from Zumyatin’s We, and the lengthy Goldstein treatise shoved into the middle is a flaw which alters the structure of the novel like a scar disfigures a face.

But in the long run, all that does not matter, because George Orwell got it right.

Orwell, a socialist who fought against Franco, watched appalled as the great Soviet experiment was reduced to a totalita
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Stephen
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I am a big fan of speculative fiction and in my literary travels I have encountered a myriad of dystopias, anti-utopias and places and societies that make one want to scream and..... Photobucket
...(with or without contemporaneous loss of bladder and other bodily functions)....

Simply put, George Orwell's 1984 is unquestionably the most memorable and MOST DISTURBING vision of a world gone mad utterly bat-shit psycho that I have ever experienced. Ever!!! Despite being published back in 1948, I have yet to f
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Huda Yahya
Apr 19, 2012 Huda Yahya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
حدثني عن القهر
عن الاستعباد
عن الذل
ثم حدثني بأدق التفاصيل
عن مراحل تقويض الكائن الانساني

حدثني كثيرا وطويلا كي أعي هذا الدمار
كي أتشربه
كي أدميه في لحمي وأعصابي نصلا حادا طويلا
كي أنزف روحي بكاء
كي أتعلم شيئا نافعا قبل أن أغادر هذا العالم البائس

حدثني يا أورويل فما أشهى وجع حديثك
وما أشهى ألم المعرفة النازف

الحرب هي السلام

ما المفترض علي فعله
الكتابة عن نفسي أم عن وطني أم عن وينستون
بمن أبدأ

ولكن مهلا
لما التفرقة..؟
كلنا واحد
أنا.. وينستون..جوليا..أنت..
بقعة الأرض التي تنتمي إليها روحك
وتدعوها وطن

الحريّة هي العبود
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Lyndsey
YOU. ARE. THE. DEAD. Oh my God. I got the chills so many times toward the end of this book. It completely blew my mind. It managed to surpass my high expectations AND be nothing at all like I expected. Or in Newspeak "Double Plus Good."

Let me preface this with an apology. If I sound stunningly inarticulate at times in this review, I can't help it. My mind is completely fried.

This book is like the dystopian Lord of the Rings, with its richly developed culture and economics, not to mention a fully
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Amanda
I've put off writing a review for 1984 because it's simply too daunting to do so. I liked 1984 even better after a second reading (bumping it up from a 4 star to a 5 star) because I think that, given the complexity of the future created by Orwell, multiple readings may be needed to take it all in. I thought it was genius the first time and appreciated that genius even more the second time.

Orwell had a daunting task: creating a future nearly half a century away from the time period in which he w
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أحمد أبازيد Ahmad Abazed
" انتبه : الأخ الكبير يراقبك ! "
رواية صادمة تمثّل زلزالا للوعي و اللاوعي لدى كلّ من يقرؤها , هذه الرواية التي شكّلت ذروة عبقريّة جورج أورويل و تأثّره و تأثيره في الوعي العالمي و التاريخ الحديث .
الأخ الكبير عند أورويل له مرادفات في ثقافتنا العربية الراهنة ( مثلا : الأخ العقيد , القائد الخالد , القائد الضرورة ... أو الرئيس الشاب ! ) هذا الاختلاف في التسمية هو توافق عبقريّ في مأساويّته لدولة " أوقيانيا " مع دول مثل : سورية و العراق و ليبيا و تونس و مصر ... و باقي أنظمتنا الثوريّة التي تأكلنا و تفتّ
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فهد الفهد
1984

نشر أورويل هذه الرواية بعد أربع سنوات من نشر روايته (مزرعة الحيوان)، كانت مزرعة الحيوان عن انهيار الحلم الشيوعي، وتبعثره على يد الستالينيين، وكيف أن المجتمع الشيوعي أصبح أسوأ بكثير من المجتمع الرأسمالي، وأنه ليست أرزاق العمال والفلاحين المهددة الآن تحت ظل الشيوعية، وإنما حرياتهم بل وحياتهم ذاتها.

احتاج النظام السوفييتي إلى عشرين عام فقط بعد الثورة (1917 – 1937 م)، ليظهر أقبح وجوهه في مهزلة محاكمات موسكو، وحملات التطهير التي قتل فيها ما يقترب من المليوني شخص في الاتحاد السوفييتي، فلذا عندما
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Joe
Feb 08, 2017 Joe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Social media is a cage full of starved rats and all of us have our heads stuck in there now, like it or not.
Cecily
Revised for 2017, with added "Alternative Facts"

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Ten Shades of Grey?

The colour of this book is grey, relentless grey: of skin, sky, food, floor, walls, mind, life itself. Added piquancy comes from general decay, drudgery, exploitation, chronic sickness, and malaise.

There is also sex and (non-sexual) bondage, domination, and torture.

I don’t expect a dystopian book to be happy reading, but this reread was far grimmer than I remembered it, partly because I read it immediately after the lyrical beaut
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Jo Woolfardis
Jan 12, 2016 Jo Woolfardis rated it really liked it
Read as part of The Infinite Variety Reading Challenge, based on the BBC's Big Read Poll of 2003.

"For, if leisure and security were enjoyed by all alike, the great mass of human beings who are normally stupefied by poverty would become literate and would learn to think for themselves; and when once they had done this, they would sooner or later realise that the privileged minority had no function, and they would sweep it away."

Nineteen Eighty-Four is an insanely relevant novel in this day and
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Ahmed
Apr 25, 2014 Ahmed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: إنجليزى
المؤسسات المصرية أصبحت بتمنح مميزات لمن يبلغ عن (إرهابي) , من فرص
عمل وخلافه , يعني بورقة وسخة ممكن تأذي جارك اللي بينك وبينه مشاكل أو تسجن زميلك اللي بينافسك في الشغل , يعني المفروض نعمل لجورج أورويل مقام ونطوف حواليه.

الرواية التى سنسجن بسببها جميعا , ونوضع فى الأغلال ويركبونا على حمير بالشقلوب ويلفوا بينا الأسواق وهاتف يهتف : انهم يدعون إلى دين جديد , يدعون إلى عدم تقديس الحاكم وسلطته .
إنها الرواية التى يقبض على مالكها (لا فى الاتحاد السوفيتى ولا ما يشبهه) بل فى ام الدنيا مصر .

أنا قرأت كم كتب
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Amira Mahmoud
2+2=5
وعليك اعتباراها حقيقة مُسلم بها
كيف؟
والمنطق والفكر والمعادلات والدلائل والتاريخ ...إلخ، ليس لها قيمة إذن
فالجهل هو القوة
وأين حريتك في التفكير والرأي!
الحرية هي العبودية
أسوء أنواع القمع، هي تلك التي تُمارس على العقل والتفكير
أنت لا تملك سوى تلك السنتيميترات المربعة في جمجمتك
لكن حتى تلك، تنوء بِحملها
وملكيتها تُشكل لك خوف ورهبة من أن يظهر ما تُفكر فيه في انفعالاتك
أو على صفحة وجهك أو لغة جسدك
أو حتى أن ينطبع لديك في اللاوعي
فيُصبح أخشى ما تخشاه أن تهلوس به أثناء نومك
قمع فكري، وعملية غسيل للمخ و
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Joe Valdez
Jan 13, 2017 Joe Valdez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-general
My preparedness for the regime change taking place in the United States--with elements of the Electoral College, the Kremlin and the FBI helping to install a failed business promoter who the majority of American voters did not support in the election--begins with 1984 by George Orwell. Like many, this 1949 novel was assigned reading for me in high school. What stood out to me then was that I needed to finish it because there would be a test. Studying how civics is supposed to work in 3rd period ...more
Lyn
Aug 02, 2011 Lyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”

This changed the way that I looked at ideologies and changed the way I looked at leadership. Cynical, scathing, and not without its flaws, this is still a stark, haunting glimpse at what could be.

“War is peace.
Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength.”

Chilling.

The closing lines still come to me sometimes and remind me of depths that I can only imagine.

“He gazed up at the enormous face. Forty years it had taken him to
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Zoë
May 02, 2015 Zoë rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Goodness gracious this was very unsettling. I'm already a pretty paranoid person, so the idea of Big Brother was both very intriguing but also extremely frightening.
I really enjoyed reading this, but there were moments when I wasn't invested in the story and wanted to take a break from it, mostly in the last half of the book. Still DEFINITELY worth the read, though!
Antonio
Jul 05, 2014 Antonio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Todos
Este libro me sigue atormentando...

Antes de hablar de la historia, primero quiero hablar un poco sobre géneros literarios, si yo se debería enfocarme en el libro pero denme un momento, nunca he sido fanático del género del terror, por dos razones: asustarse para divertirse no me parece muy lógico, y la otra razón es que siempre hay una vocecita en mi cabeza que, cuando se trata de monstruos, fantasmas, demonios, vampiros, posesiones, etc. me dice esto no es real, como te vas a asustar de lo que
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Markus
“War is peace.
Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength.”


In a world of constant war between three all-controlling superpowers, every single human being in Oceania is being ruled by the Party. All freedom is gone, all pleasures are forbidden, all information is propaganda, rebellion is unthinkable, and your relatives will not hesitate to betray you. Even thinking rebellious thoughts is a crime, bound to get the attention of the Thought Police and a harsh punishment. And the masses live in cons
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Lisa
Doubleplusgood Maxitruth in Oldspeak on Doublethink and Crimestop

(Translation from Newspeak: Excellent, accurate analysis of oppressive, selective society in well-written Standard English reflecting on the the capacity to hold two contradictory opinions for truth at the same time and on the effectiveness of protective stupidity as a means to keep a power structure stable.)

There is not much left to say about this prophetic novel by Orwell which has not been said over and over again since its pub
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Nawal Al-Qussyer
أضفت مراجعة الرواية في مدونتي ضمن 50 كتاب غيرني
http://www.nawalsaad.com/?p=4108
وأضفت رابط لتقرير رحالة قام بزيارة كوريا الشمالية، وكان صادمًا تطابق استراتيجات الرواية مع ما يفعل في كوريا الشمالية.

المجد للكتب التي تحدث ضجة داخل عقلك.. المجد للكتب التي تحفز اليقطة الذهنية فيك .. المجد للكتاب الذي يصفعك ويجعلك تعيد النظر في أشياء كثيرة .. هذا الكتاب من الكتب النادرة التي توازي شهرتها وضجتها قيمتها الفكرية والروائية ..

قرأت الكتاب في الطائرة رحلة عودة من امستردام إلى الرياض .. استغرق معي الكتاب 6 ساع
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Rowena
“Everything faded into mist. The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became truth.” - George Orwell, 1984

It’s been over 5 years since I last read 1984 and I still find the storyline as horrific as ever. It's terrifying to think of a world in which your own children are spies for the government and can turn you in, where cameras are watching you 24/7, where one could be accused of committing a "facecrime" or having an "ownlife", a world in which we live nervously worrying about
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Emily May
Dec 05, 2010 Emily May rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the book that started my love affair with the dystopian genre. And maybe indirectly influenced my decision to do a politics degree. I was only 12 years old when I first read it but I suddenly saw how politics could be taken and manipulated to tell one hell of a scary and convincing story. I'm a lot more well-read now but, back then, this was a game-changer. I started to think about things differently. I started to think about 2 + 2 = 5 and I wanted to read more books that explored the i ...more
Kaya
Nov 26, 2014 Kaya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood.”

Orwell caught me off guard. After a slow start, the novel picked up the pace. It was depressing, dark and hopeless. For some reason, every time Winston's name is mentioned, I think of Winston Churchill. This is not a story about revolution or making world a better place, but the story about a corrupted power and what you get if you connect two incompatible ideologies - fascism and Marxism. It's brilliant.

By the year 1984, the
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Starjustin
Mar 27, 2017 Starjustin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can I possibly say about this amazing novel, 1984 by George Orwell, that hasn't been already said by many who have read the book for over half a century. When it is said that the book is 'haunting', 'nightmarish', and 'startling' any reader would have to agree! This well known novel grips the reader from the beginning and does not even let go of the grip at the finished reading. A classic you won't want to miss if you haven't taken the time to read it yet.
I actually listened to this novel
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Matthew
Yes! This book! Amazing! Terrifying, brutal, intricate, prophetic - and, in one big word, GENIUS!

This was a reread - the last time I read this was over 20 years ago and I wanted to see if the 5 star rating and its standing in one of my top 3 favorite books held up - and it most certainly does.

If this book was written today in the midst of the slew of dystopian novels that come out, it may not have stood out. But, this book was way ahead of its time. Written in a post WWII era where the fears of
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Carlo
Simple: Nineteen Eighty Four is a book everyone should read. Not because it should be classified under non-fiction, nor because it explores entirely new aspects of human nature, and nor even because of the breathtaking imagination of George Orwell, but because of the simple fact that if we want to “survive,” it can be crucial for our survival and of our world as we know it.

One of my favorite books is The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoevsky. I believe that human beings are capable of doing what Dos
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Eric Arthur Blair, better known by his pen name George Orwell, was an English author and journalist. His work is marked by keen intelligence and wit, a profound awareness of social injustice, an intense opposition to totalitarianism, a passion for clarity in language, and a belief in democratic socialism.

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