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3.48  ·  Rating details ·  863 Ratings  ·  65 Reviews
In characteristically daring style, Anthony Burgess combines two responses to Orwell's 1984 in one book. The first is a sharp analysis: through dialogues, parodies and essays, Burgess sheds new light on what he called 'an apocalyptic codex of our worst fears', creating a critique that is literature in its own right. Part two is Burgess' own dystopic vision, written in 1978 ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published 1978 by Hutchinson & Co (Publishers) Ltd
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MJ Nicholls
The first half contains provocative essays and self-interviews, waxing Burgessly on the parallels between 1948 London (the original title for the novel was 1948) and the famous ur-totalitarian state familiar to most literate mammals, making the case for the humour in Orwell’s vision. The second half is a ludicrous and offensive comic send-up: Burgess repositions the novel from a right-wing perspective, spoofing the vituperative trade union movement of late 1970s Britain (UK is now TUCland), a wo ...more
Apr 08, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I came across a reference to this book while thumbing through a biography on Anthony Burgess about five years ago. Since then I have kept my eyes opened looking in used book stores and those kinds of places for a copy of the book. I could have probably found the book to buy online, but I rarely ever do that kind of thing for myself. Last week though in a semi-ironic act I actually went to a library and saw that they had the book, so I took it out and finally got the read it.

The structure of the
Saddam Bouchaib
Dec 28, 2014 rated it did not like it

هههههههه كم اظحكتني هذه الكلمات , لو يرى ما آل إليه الجزائريون الآن , فالاسلام اصبح غريبا في بلد مسلم من دون مسلمين

لااضن انهم سيسكبون الخمر في الشوارع بل سيشربونها :p
Rex Cherry
Oct 07, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Right-wing garbage. The loathsome politics seem to have adversely affected the quality of Burgess' writing as well.
It is always interesting to see one good author's take on another. In this case Anthony Burgess, author of A Clockwork Orange and The Wanting Seed, evaluates and criticizes George Orwell's 1984. After extensive interviews and essays on the nature of Orwell's seminal work, Burgess pens his own short novella, entitled 1985 (to avoid plagiarism, so he says.) Burgess's view of the cacotopian future is much closer to his own vantage point in strike plagued late 70's Britain, than was Orwell's in the ...more
Daniel Moskowitz
Jul 26, 2011 rated it did not like it
Geesus Christ!! Was that a richful Fucking waster. This Book has nothing, i repeat, NOTHING to do with 1984. It's a dystopian, or a Burgess wants it to be called Cacotopian, novel like 1984 and that's about it.

The book spends the first half, HALF!!!, in a review/critique of 1984 and how in the years since its inception, things have changed and how Orwell would change his vision. If Orwell wrote 1984 in '75 or whenever this book was written how would he go about it. But it doesn't even do that we
Jul 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I think I'm the only one who's ever read this, but I loved Burgess' effort and his essay on 1984. I found it on the new books shelf at the UNCG library, where, geek that I am, I was hanging out with my boyfriend in high school. We'd just go and sit and read, or look up old Rolling Stones on microfiche. I picked a lot of random books of the shelf then and sat there, reading them. come to think of it, I probably spent more time just hanging out there in high school than I did in college, when I co ...more
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Half of this odd hybrid is an exegesis on Orwell's 1984. The 2nd half, a speculative novella, is almost as polemical as the exegesis. Yet it is entertaining in its way.
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dystopia
маленька берджесова книжка розділена на дві частини: перша майже половина плюс епілог – спроба критичного погляду на "1984" і жанр антиутопії загалом; усе, що між ними, – власне "1985", антиутопія, яку берджес бачить реальнішою за орвелову чи гакслівську.
окремо ці частини доволі читабельні. у теоретичній берджес аналізує орвела і змушує подивитися на деякі елементи його тексту по-новому, що приємно; орвела (і повоєнну велику британію) він знає. але заплив на територію томаса мора чи євгенія зам
Gemma Williams
Dec 29, 2007 rated it really liked it
This is Anthony Burgess' response to 1984. The first half is made up of critical essays dealing with the themes of the original and is fascinating. I especially liked the way Burgess takes on Orwell's portrayal of the proles as an inert mass and the way he sentimentalises them. But this isn't an attack on 1984, its a good indepth critical discussion.
The second half is Burgess' short novel 1985 - his version of the story. This view of the future involves a tyranny of trade unions, and enforced eq
Feb 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
It would be hard to describe how disappointed I was by the author of Clockwork Orange when I heard his actual views on politics and government. First half of the book – the reflections on 1984 and Orwell – is mostly a collection of conservative right-wing half-truths like: state helping the poorest = killing the beauty of charity, workers in unions = state economy destroyed etc. What is saddening the most is the fact that one can actually find some interesting insights about (for example) the po ...more
Christian D.  Orr
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Essentially, two books in one: (1) A thought-provoking and intellectually-stimulating critique & analysis of George Orwell's "1984"and (2) a mini-novel that's not so much a sequel as a re-write of "1984" With both segments, Anthony Burgess (of "A Clockwork Orange" fame) has the benefit of 30 years of hindsight that Orwell did not have, i.e. 1978 vs. 1948 (remember, Orwell originally intended to title his most famous work "1948," and only changed it to "1984" as the last minute after a sugges ...more
Stuart Chambers
Nov 14, 2016 rated it liked it
I wanted to read something completely different. I wanted to read something British. I wanted to read something political and thought provoking and in its own way radical. A comparison between 1948 and 1984 seemed a good choice, but isn't because I'm only 50% enjoying what I'm reading. Essentially, this is two books: A critique by Burgess of George Orwell's "1984"and a short story. Having said all of that, it is interesting, it is British, it is two distinctly different writers. Its also sadly 5 ...more
Raimo Wirkkala
It was a nice try at the time but, in retrospect, Burgess' vision of trade unions taking over England looks a little silly today. All in all, Orwell's harrowing fascist world of "1984" is the more compelling and, even today, the more plausible.
That being said, the novel is a good read and the preceding material about "1984" is very interesting.
Mohamed Elsonpaty
Sep 26, 2013 rated it liked it
رواية معارضة لرائعة جورج أورويل 1984 تتصور فيها العرب والمسلمين قوة فاعلة غي العالم بفعل إحكامها على النفط ومن ثم المال.. الرواية فكرية بدرجة كبيرة حتى فقدت الرواية روائيتها.. إمتاع الرواية يأتي من فكرة قراءة رواية عام 2013 كتبت عام 1978 تتخيل فيه العالم عام 1985 !!!

على الهامش (الرواية بتصور العرب قوة جامدة أوي وبتغير في العالم كله بفلوسها وبترولها .. الكاتب مكنش يعرف اللي فيها جتنا نيلة!)
Rand Suleiman
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
على الرغم من انه الكاتب اعطى العرب اكبر من حجمهم و ظن انهم رح يمسكو المجتمع الاوروبي بهيك وقت .. و على الرغم من نظرهم الي كلها حقد و كره للعرب .. الا انه الكتاب جدا و ممتع و في كتير من الشياء الصح الي صارت اجتماعيا و اقتصاديا بالعالم بشكل عام
Apr 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Burgess successfully predicts what Orwell cannot: the hyper-sexualization of youth and the breakdown of family, the unionization of governmental agencies, and the Islamization of England. Sound familiar? And yet this was written in the 1970's!

The question is, is America next?
Derek Baldwin
Jul 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A kind of pastiche/homage to Orwell's 1984. It doesn't bear the comparison too well but it's an interesting book. However I think that the thrust of Burgess's satire was already made far more potently in A Clockwork Orange and this doesn't add all that much.
Brent Legault
Nov 08, 2007 rated it did not like it
A sloppily-written, half-assed, woefully-conceived agenda piece. Burgess should have been publicly shamed for writing such vomit. And maybe he would have been, had he but lifted his nose out of his typewriter.
Jun 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
If you have a bookshelf of books to read, put this one on the bottom shelf.
Apr 02, 2011 added it
Shelves: science-fiction
The work of a pure genius.
Ahmed Diab
Jun 23, 2013 rated it liked it
قرأت النسخة العربية منه بعنوان المسلمون قادمون لانتونى بيرجس كتاب جيد
Joe Hudson
Started reading this (the story not the essays) but I've had to give up. I hate giving up on books but this one really isn't for me.
Adam Stone
Apr 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Fascinating read. Recommended.
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I have had a considerable amount of time to read this. (That time was prolonged by a rereading of 1984, as I had read a book a long time ago and couldn't catch most of the references in time for the first few pages to be enjoyable. You have to have read it for most of the book to make sense.) However this review will be kept short and prefaced by the following disclaimer: I like Burgess so there is naturally some bias.

1. A response to Orwell that isn't taking him completely in earnest whil
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a response to Orwell's "Nineteen Eighty-Four", comprising two parts: the first part a philosophical and political review of the Orwell novel, taking the form, in part, of a philosophic dialogue; the second part a re-imagining of "Nineteen Eighty-Four" from the point of view of 1978, when this novel was written.
Both parts are compelling: the first part is essential reading for anyone interested in Orwell and his work but the second is the real masterpiece, imagining not a totalitarian st
Varia Selina
Aug 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Почему-то после 1984 всем не предлагается прочитать 1985. А было бы полезным. Бёрджес в свойственной ему манере общается с читателем - треть книги состоит из его размышлений и разбора творения Оруэлла в форме диалога. Будто сидишь с ним в баре и разговариваешь о судьбах мира.
А сюжетная часть книги противно-промозгло затягивает, безысходностью маня и обещая вывалить весь гной из язв современно-будущей Англии. Так-то задорненько.
Sophie Polyankina
Jul 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
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Linda Alsuliman
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
I liked the first section more than the second. In the end I did not gain any perspective on Burgess. This is my first book for Burgess so it might be the reason I did not get it.
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Anthony Burgess was a British novelist, critic and composer. He was also a librettist, poet, playwright, screenwriter, essayist, travel writer, broadcaster, translator, linguist and educationalist. Born in Manchester, he lived for long periods in Southeast Asia, the USA and Mediterranean Europe as well as in Eng
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