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  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Signet Classics; Reissue edition (March 17 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451524934
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451524935
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 10.9 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,960 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #91,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Wolfman on Nov. 4 2008
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In terms of reading books that are classics, this one is pain free. The language is easy and it's short enough to get through in a day, and best of all the story is entertaining. My advice would be to spend a few hours on the net reading about the Russian Revolution and Stalin's bio before reading to make sure you appreciate all the allusion, allegory, metaphors and all that blah blah stuff that makes it an important book. This is the one book I actually liked when I had to read it in highschool, 10 or so years later I still enjoyed breezing through it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul on Nov. 1 2013
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I first read 1984 as part of my High School curriculum.
At the time, it was amazing to think that a book written before any but the earliest forms of computers, when most people had never heard of television, and before CNN existed could have so eerily predicted things like Flat-screens in every house, and ministries in charge of controlling the news and pop culture.

I re-read it some years later and it was scarier still, as the world was at war, only now our enemies were the same band of merry outlaws we had allied with against the Russians. To watch Rambo III, and CNN during Operation Desert Storm, and then to re-read 1984 was an interesting experience.

Now, I think it is even more relevant. With everyone up in arms about the NSA scandal, figures like Osama Bin Laden, Edward Snowden, Julian Assange popping up in the State Controlled news casts, and more and more men and women in North America sporting "smart phones" equipped with great tools like GPS, geo-tagging, facial recognition software and fingerprint pass-protection I shake my head.

Every time I hear a song on the radio that I find my feet tapping along to, and realize the words make little to no sense - they just sound good together, as if synthesized to appeal to as many people as possible - and every time I see some news about climate change, genocide, or an environmental disaster overshadowed by the latest celebrity spotting I cringe and wonder if Orwell understood that he wasn't writing a warning for the public, he was writing a playbook for the elite.

Even if you think, "LOL - this guy is crazy!", you should do yourself a favour and really read this fantastic bit of fiction. Some would say it is a spectacular example of a literary endeavour. Others would say it's a really, really good book. I would give this 2 + 2 stars out of 5. So 5 out of 5 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By elginblatherford on Oct. 26 2013
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This is Orwell's most powerful work of allegory on Stalin and his mad man rule over Russia. Go through this one day reader and you will find reminders and cautions to today's easily manipulated mass media craving population
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By Mahya on July 5 2014
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one of my favorite books of all time! I have read it 3x already at different stages of my life, and every time it means something different.
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By Rob Kennedy on June 29 2014
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good book
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The dystopian future envisaged by Orwell seems to still be scarily attainable. Newspeak is not just a fanciful parable about a future gone mad, it can often be detected currently in pronouncements from various sources. Witness the current "protection of ethnic Russians" by the Putin regime.
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By luis gomez on May 24 2014
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I quite liked this book. The story has a good structure than gradually makes you keep reading forward. There are certain phrases and teachings that i found particularly thought-provoking... After reading this book, I feel blessed of having born and lived in modern democracies. Recommended
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I watched a film adaptation of this book when I was a child, and it managed to traumatize me. I didn't think I'd ever read this book because of it, but my cousin kept praising it, so I bit the bullet and ordered it. It matches my copy of 1984, which I thought would be the only thing I liked about it. I was wrong. This book took just one afternoon to read and I flew through it despite having to set it down repeatedly. The characters were so well developed, and it was simply eerie how well the pigs managed to convince the other animals of everything. I enjoyed this book far more than I ever expected, and I'm so thankful to have read it, though I doubt I'll re-watch the movie, just in case.
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