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Orwells roman '1984' is een klassiek geworden 'anti-utopie'. Het boek was door Orwell bedoeld als een waarschuwing tegen élk totalitair systeem dat zich, onder welke vermomming dan ook, opstelt als bedreiging van de vrijheid.

In '1984' heeft een systeem van lugubere perfectie greep op de wereld gekregen. De Partij beheerst de ziel van de mens en dus het hele mechanisme van
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published 1999 by Areopagus (bibliotheek van de twintigste eeuw) (first published June 8th 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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Sep 17, 2016 Silvana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 27, 2014 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
Dec 03, 2013 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
Sep 03, 2016 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
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
Huda Yahya
Oct 17, 2016 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
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
فهد الفهد
Jun 16, 2016 فهد الفهد rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, favorites

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 ❁

" 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
Jul 30, 2016 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
Amira Mahmoud
وعليك اعتباراها حقيقة مُسلم بها
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
“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
May 08, 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!
“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
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
Jul 08, 2016 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
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
Ten Shades of Grey?
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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
Saoirse Sterling
Read as part of the #InfiniteVariety2016 Reading Challenge based on the BBC's Big Read poll.

Nineteen Eighty-Four is an insanely relevant novel in this day and age, but it's also a rather soothing novel that contains some of the horrors that could never come to pass, though there are some horrific parallels between the England in the book and some countries around the world in the 21st Century.

Winston is a very complex, sane person in a world full of insanity and utter destitution. Julia is on pa
Parthiban Sekar
“Inequality was the price of civilization.”

Isn't it true that all men are not same based on their native talents or socioeconomic status? The ever-alluring daydream or idea (for optimists only) of "an earthly paradise in which men should live together in a state of brotherhood, without laws and without brute labor, has been haunting the human imagination for thousands of years". However, thanks to our governing bodies and ruling classes, our earthly paradise still seems to be forbidden to us. An
Saud Omar
Jun 24, 2015 Saud Omar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
helen the bookowl
Wow, this story managed to be both fascinating and disturbing at the same time! Throughout the pages, I couldn't fathom how spot-on George Orwell was in his predictions. Big Brother exist, and many passages in this book were scary but also true of our world today (or at least, they could quickly become true).
I loved this, simply because it was amazing to read about a society in which everyone is watched. You can't even have your thoughts for yourself - Big Brother is watching over you. Even tho
Emily May
May 17, 2015 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
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
Reading Corner
Jan 11, 2016 Reading Corner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, classics
This book was amazing, a definite must read and classic as there's nothing I can find to criticise. George Orwell's writing was beautifully descriptive with many memorable lines that continuously enhanced the quality of the book. One that stood out for me the most was the infamous slogan that the party used and was mentioned a lot, "War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength." This slogan introduces the first idea of doublethink and the nature of the party who control their people's ...more
Nawal Al-Qussyer

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 ساعات ونصف لم أشعر بالاقلاع ولم أشعر بأي مطبات هوائية حينها وأنا التي تربكني تحركات الطائرة واهتزازاتها ..
تعرف تماما الكتاب النخبوي حين يحرض حاسة البحث لديك ويجعلك تبحث عن كتب أخرى تتحدث عن ذات المو
Will M.
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Writing a review of a famous and important novel is always tough. 1984 is considered one of the greatest novels out there, and I have to agree on that. This thought provoking novel exceeded my expectations. It delivered not only enjoyment, but also knowledge.

1984 is about Orwell's vision of the future. Some view this as a warning of what could happen to the world in the future if we don't make a stand. This dystopian novel
Jun 09, 2016 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 of corrupt power and what you get if you connect two incompatible ideologies - fascism and Marxism. It's brilliant.

By the year 1984, the world h
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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.

In addition to his literary career Orwell served as a a police officer with the Indian Imperia
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