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Nineteen Eighty-Four

By George Orwell

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Format: Paperback, 336 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 October 2008
Renowned urban artist Shepard Fairey's new look for Orwell's classic dystopian taleOne of Britain's most popular novels, George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four is set in a society terrorised by a totalitarian ideology propagated by The Party. Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth in London, chief city of Airstrip One. Big Brother stares out from every poster, the Thought Police uncover every act of betrayal. When Winston finds love with Julia, he discovers that life does not have to be dull and deadening, and awakens to new possibilities. Despite the police helicopters that hover and circle overhead, Winston and Julia begin to question the Party; they are drawn towards conspiracy. Yet Big Brother will not tolerate dissent - even in the mind. For those with original thoughts they invented Room 101. . . Nineteen Eighty-Four is George Orwell's terrifying vision of a totalitarian future in which everything and everyone is slave to a tyrannical regime. The novel also coined many new words and phrases which regular appear in popular culture, such as 'Big Brother', 'thoughtcrime', 'doublethink' and 'Newspeak'.

About the Author

Eric Arthur Blair (1903-1950), better known by his pen-name, George Orwell, was born in India, where his father worked for the Civil Service. An author and journalist, Orwell was one of the most prominent and influential figures in twentieth-century literature. His unique political allegory Animal Farm was published in 1945, and it was this novel, together with the dystopia of Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), which brought him world-wide fame. His novels and non-fiction include Burmese Days, Down and Out in Paris and London, The Road to Wigan Pier and Homage to Catalonia.


His final masterpiece. Enthralling and indispensible for understanding modern history Timothy Garton Ash Right up there among my favourite books ... I read it again and again Margaret Atwood More relevant to today than almost any other book that you can think of Jo Brand One of the most shocking novels of the twentieth century Margaret Drabble The book of the twentieth century Ben Pimlott

EAN: 9780141036144
ISBN: 0141036141
Publisher: Penguin Books in Association with Martin Seck
Dimensions: 18.1 x 11.1 x 2 centimeters (0.18 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Mauro Troaini on
The book 1984 is fascinating read George Orwell must have had the inside info on where the world was heading when he wrote this book,1984 is here now BIG BROTHER is watching and look out for the thought police. I recommend everyone to read this book.
Peter de Boer on
A classic. Need I say more.
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Paul Pink on
I have read this book three times and I always take something new out of it.
It is very well written and even more relevant today in the 'digital age'
we live in today
Nathan Tyrer on
Nineteen Eighty Four was my favourite novel for a long time. The complete lack of privacy and total domination over the masses is so palpable. And it portended the future so accurately from the 1940’s that it is almost astounding. Winston Smith’s journey and ultimate outcome is realistic and surprising. This is my favourite dystopian story (closely followed by This Perfect Day and Brave New World).
nic vette on
I would have to say this is one of the books of the 20th century. An earily sinister vision of a future full of apathetic citizens programmed to conform, with no room for even a stray thought against the machine. If you want a thought provoking read that will open your eyes to deep and current societal issues, this is it.
Holly Dunn on
As a teenager reading this book today I was fascinated by its relevance to not only communism, but the nature of humanity. I found it shocking and deeply depressing, knowing and worrying the whole time that what was on the next page would be even worse than the previous one. However, I believe that it is an essential read, and is also relevant to so many other, more contemporary texts.
Helen Rath on
This is one of the classic books of last century. Sometimes depressing, sometimes inspiring it brings you into a world where reality is relative. This as among the best books I have eaver read and it's chilling when you see some of the same language still being used around the world.

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