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The year 1984 has come and gone, but George Orwell's prophetic, nightmarish vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is timelier than ever. 1984 is still the great modern classic of "negative utopia" -a startlingly original and haunting novel that creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing, from the first sentence to the last four words. No one can deny t ...more
Mass Market Paperback, Signet Classics, 328 pages
Published July 1st 1950 by New American Library (first published 1949)
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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
Dec 03, 2013 John Wiswell rated it 2 of 5 stars
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
Apr 29, 2015 Silvana rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone



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
Obaydah Amer
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
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
Mohammed Arabey
A Note I've found and I honestly and totally agree with :)
وبصراحة , لم اتوقع أبدا وقت ان وضعت تلك الصورة "ان هذه الرواية تحذير وليست بدليل" انها ستقلب بجد وتبقي دليل للحكومات العربية لمراقبة الجميع,لحماية أمن الحكام..بينما مازال أمن الأفراد بها هزيلا

*تحذير هام قبل البدء*
كاتب الريفيو متأثرا بـ"ازدواجيه التفكير" بشده و يعاني منها بشكل خطير
فأذا لم تقرأ الروايه فستستشعر ان صاحب الريفيو "مجنونا" اما اذا قد قرأتها فستتيقن انه حتما يعاني من الجنون

عشقت هذه الروايه لدرجه الكراهيه
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
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
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

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
بــدريــه  الـبـرازي

" لو أمكن لعامة الشعب أن يدركوا مدى قوتهم ، لما
كانت هناك حاجة للتآمر، فكل ما يحتاجه الأمر أن
ينتفضوا مثلما ينتفض الحصان لإزاحة الذباب
بعيدًا عنه ! "

أن تكون الحياة التي تعيشها مزورة !
أن تكون مجبر على حياة لا تتناسب مع طريقة
تفكيرك . و أن تعزل تمامًا عن رأيك ، و أن تظل
يدك تكتم صوتك وحلمك

أن تكون الدولة ليست سوى سجن يراقبك و
يحاسبك حتى في شوارد ذهنك ..
أن تهدر عمرك و أنت قابع تحت سلطة
لا تريدك أن تستيقظ من جهلك ، سلطة تسعى
أن تجردك من أفكارك و مبادئك ، و وعيك للحقائق
من حولك !

تعيش بالخوف وأنت
Zoë (readbyzoe)
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!
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
Huda Yahya
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
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
أردت بشدة مفاجأة الأصدقاء هنا على الجودريدز بقولٍ مثل: هل تعتقدون أنني سأكتب مراجعة لهذا الكتاب المخيف ومن ثم لا أعلم ماذا يحدث لي بعدها في عالم منفتح ومع ما يزيد على شخص لا أعرف منهم سوى عدد محدود من الأصدقاء الذين قابلتهم في الحياة الحقيقية وإن كان كل شخص تقريبا في دائرة تعاملاتي يعرف كل شيء عني؟؟ لا لن أكتب مراجعة فالتحدث عن مثل هذا الكتاب حدث مرعب في حد ذاته

إلا أنني لم استطع أن أحتفظ بهذه الفكرة ولم أتمسك بها ... لِمَ لا أكتب؟؟!! سأكتب !!! ماذا عساه قد يخيفني؟؟! في الحقيقة هناك ما يخيف بالف
“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
Amira Mahmoud
وعليك اعتباراها حقيقة مُسلم بها
كيف ؟
والمنطق والفكر والمعادلات والدلائل والتاريخ ... إلخ ، ليس لها قيمة إذن
ف ( الجهل هو القوة ) ..
وأين حريتك في التفكير و الرأي !!
( 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 نو
Stephen M
I once had a really inane and unintelligent review here that drew some trolls and unwanted attention, so I took down that review because I generally hate any kind of negativity and it makes me extraordinarily anxious to have any kind of criticism (constructive or destructive) pop up on my ticker feed on a semi-regular basis (I don't really need that); and it's especially disheartening when that criticism deals with a book that so many intelligent people love. I hope that one day I will return to ...more
Saud Omar
تنبيه :في مراجعة الرواية هذه لا يوجد حرق للرواية. في هذه المراجعة يتم استعراض عقدة الرواية الأساسية. كل ما كٌتب هنا بدا لي أنه سوف يجعلك تقرأ الرواية بشكل أفضل. هذه المراجعة كٌتبت خصيصاً لأولئك الذين لم يقرءوا الرواية بعد

من مدونتي: ثمانون كتابا بحثا عن مخرج

صدرت رواية “1984″ في عام 1949, وهي رواية سياسية دسيوتوبية, ومصطلح “يوتوبيا” يعني “العالم المثالي”, أو بالأخص “الحضارة المثالية” وخصوصاً في الجانب السياسي والاجتماعي منها, ومصطلح “دسيوتوبيا” يشير للفكرة المعا
What a scary book. This is another one that seemingly everyone else read in highschool but somehow I managed not to. My favorite quote: "Orthodoxy means not thinking-not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness."
For me this book put a whole new spin on relativism, both moral and philosophical. The past doesn't actually exist in any concrete way, all that exists is evidence (i.e. the effects the present time has on the physical world that lasts into the future) and memory; both of which ca
Kat Stark

Hands-down, one of the best dystopian novels I have ever had the pleasure of reading.

You won't understand this really unless you've read the book. There are tons of reviews already, so...high school reminiscence time!:

To Myself,

I just finished the last work of the day. It seems that there is always more and more coming now that Hate Week is on its way. The fiction department is a nice place to work at, but so hard to keep track of sometimes. I have to be the perfectionist and this is the only w

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

It is with these words that the reader is introduced to the ludicrousness of this astounding novel. A highly visionary novel in which Eric Blaire, otherwise known by the pseudonym George Orwell, creates a disturbing picture of the future. Although one cannot approach this novel by perceiving that this is the world Orwell believed would pass. Rather his dystopian masterpiece serves to provide a warning to the generation of
أي كاتب يستطيع الكتابة عن الحاضر ..
والكاتب المثقف يستطيع الكتابه عن التاريخ ...عن الماضي
لكنهم قله هم الكتاب الذين يستشرفوا المستقبل ...
حيث يدخل الكاتب في رهان مع الزمن لأثبات نظريته ...
جورج أرويل أمتلك رؤيه كامله وضحها في هذه الروايه ...
الكثير مما توقع نستطيع أن نلمسه اليوم في حياتنا ...

قد يرعبنا أنعكاس صورنا في المرآه ...
“Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood.”

Orwell caught me off guard. After slow start, the novel picked up the pace. It was all 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 a world a better place. This is a story about how power corrupts and what you would get if you connect two incompatible ideologies - fascism and Marxism. It's brilliant.

By the ye
This is the first book that gave me actual nightmares, so that's saying something.

Out of all the worlds I've read about, this one definitely scared me the most. And why? Because it is so close to today's world. And knowing that this book was written more than 60 years ago, just shows how big of a genius Orwell was.

What made it even more scary, was the ending. At first, I felt iffy about the ending. But after giving it some thought, I felt like it was the perfect way to end the story like this o
mark monday
'tis the season...


yikes, the gloomiest of dystopias, the driest of writing, plus the inevitable sardonic twist ending to make your heart shrivel. an unhappy classic. read this while listening to the totally inappropriate eurythmics soundtrack and your mind will break too! mine sure did. ah, college.

since the idea of rereading 1984 sounds about as exciting to me as living in the novel 1984, i have decided to instead review the wondrous semi-aborted soundtrack to th
Emily May
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
ياسمين ثابت


بداية معرفتي بجورج اورويل كانت في رواية مزرعة الحيوانات
ماعجبتنيش بسبب توقيت قرايتها ولما حصل 30 \6 واللي حصل بعدها عجبتني اوي وحسيتها بتوصف بالضبط اللي احنا بنمر بيه

بس كانت مجرد رواية حلوة

لكن لما قريتله 1984 ولما خلصت اخر كلمة فيها

سالت نفسي مين هو جورج اورويل

مين يكون تعليمه ايه ايا كان تعليمه ولا حياته ولا مدة معرفته السياسية...ازاي قدر يكتب رواية بالعبقرية الغير طبيعية دي؟

على فكرة انا المرة دي حاكتب الريفيو مش بس كوني قارئة بل كمان كوني كاتبة عشان انا عاوزة يوصل للناس كلها مدى صعوبة كتابة رواية
For concept, Orwell gets 5 stars for being the father of dystopias. No dystopia since has reached the level of creepiness that he has. Unfortunately, this book read more like a discourse on Orwell's dystopia than a picture of one. I know that's indicative of the time, but this one was excessively so. Orwell's style of writing was very dry and very much tell without a lot of show. He missed a lot of good opportunities to make this book real for me. Every time I became invested in the story and su ...more
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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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