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Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four: Text, Sources, Criticism

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Paperback, 450 pages
Published January 1st 1982 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Robert Owens
From a few discussions I have read recently, it seems this book is seldom read these days. I suppose it makes sense given the title of the book. For folks my age and older, this was required reading. I believe I had to read this thrice for school. I think I read it at least once on my own.

The scene where Winston had the cage of rats on is still an image I can't shake decades later. Interestingly, a lot of what Orwell warns us about here is coming to fruition without much opposition.

I recall very
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Fluffy Singler
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read this a long time ago, in 1984, and I have an old dog-eared copy. It is really a great book for anyone who wants to dig a little more into Orwell and into 1984 itself. You can see the development of Orwell's writings and his work leading up to 1984 as well as read what various literary critics at the time had to say about the novel and about its politics. Irving Howe is a wonderful literary critic and this book turned me on to him as well. If you are an Orwell fan, I cannot recommend this ...more
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Apr 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was a very thought provoking story. Makes me wish that more people would read it and realize how a world like that could come into being.
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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 police officer with the Indian Imperial
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