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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy, enjoyable, and important book to read
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...
Published on Nov. 4 2008 by Wolfman
3.0 out of 5 stars 1984 the review
I did not really enjoy this book, it was way to far feched. I give it a three because George Orwell has a great emajination<(spell?).
This is a good book if you want to read about a guy and his mission for un protected sex.That is all, I guess it just wasnt my cup o' tea.
Published on May 4 2004 by david
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy, enjoyable, and important book to read,
This review is from: Animal Farm (Paperback)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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5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling, dystopian cautionary tale...,
This review is from: Modern Classics Nineteen Eighty Four (Paperback)From what I read, Orwell originally meant this book to a be a warning against the rise of communism, but at the end of the day, his masterpiece became a cautionary tale against totalitarianism of every kind. Set in a world where 3 super-states are in perpetual war against each other, the Party, led by the symbolic figure of Big Brother, controls the population of Oceania to an unimaginable degree. Comrades are indoctrinated from the earliest age, privacy is virtually non-existent as every home is furnished with a two-way telescreen, allowing the Thought Police to watch in and listen in at any time. History books are constantly re-written to depict the Party as the ultimate benevolent force and to further convince the citizens of Oceania that they are living in the best of worlds, and that their interests are looked after. But of course, some people are not so easily brainwashed into blind obedience to rules of ration, chastity and hatred towards an invisible enemy. An underground rebellion is attempting to resist and expose the Party. It is in this frightening world that Winston meets and falls in love with Julia. But in a society where everything is repressed and where people are terrified into obedience, such a relationship is not only extremely difficult, it also endangers their lives.
Orwell is a beautiful writer, and he weaves a terrifying world where individuality, privacy and free-thinking are mercilessly crushed. I believe this book to be a necessary read (if only because of the staggering influence its had on culture and language), even if it can be a disturbing one, too. It has inspired countless other books ("V for Vendetta", "The Handmaiden's Tale" and dystopian literature as a genre), songs ("Resistance", "Boot Stamping on a Human Face Forever", "Testify", "2+2=5", etc.) and many of it's expressions ("Big Brother is watching you") have found their way into our daily language. It was originally published in the late 40's, but its subject-matter of censorship, personal freedom and population control are as relevant today as they were when Orwell first wrote it. This book's relevance, even more than 50 years after it's original publication, may be it's most spine-chilling twist.
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind blowing!,
This review is from: 1984 (Kindle Edition)What a great book! I bought it just a few weeks ago and even if it was written decades before 1984, the story is still very believable
5.0 out of 5 stars Meant as a warning, not as a guide,
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.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic,
This review is from: Animal Farm (Paperback)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
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Read,
This review is from: Nineteen Eighty-Four  (Kindle Edition)The book was an interesting premise. Slow in some parts, but overall a good read. One thing, it is amazing how he wrote this in 1940's about 1984.
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic,
5.0 out of 5 stars Profound,
This review is from: 1984 (Kindle Edition)I don't know exactly why I never sat down and read this book, but I'm really happy I did. I remember reading, Animal Farm, back in high school, but I think this would have been a better selection. The story is heartbreaking and disturbing and you can feel Winston's constraint as he struggles with his beliefs toward Big Brother and his feelings toward himself. It's truly one of the most profound things I've ever read.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book; Disappointing Cover,
This review is from: Penguin Classics Nineteen Eighty Four (Paperback)Because I am not original, and with the recent exposure of NSA surveillance, I felt that this was the time to read the legendary Orwellian tale "Nineteen Eighty Four."
What has been said before about the book does not bare repeating; it's legendary status will be held for many years. I did feel that any parallels to what is currently happening in our political landscape is purely happenstance. Orwell was writing more than just the idea of our every movement being tracked and traced by an unknown government identity; the fears of extreme socialism were more important to him than that. The bleak ending wasn't what I was hoping for, but the ending was what was deserved for the narrative arc of Winston Smith.
I am more disappointed over the book's paperback cover. I heard about the artistry of it over an article at The Verge (http://www.theverge.com/2013/1/12/3867350/new-penguin-edition-orwell-1984-black-out) and was quite enamoured by it. THAT was the book I wish to purchase. However, I am dismayed at how quickly the black ink used to block out the title and author quickly scrubbed off after normal use. The title, which was barely seen before, is intelligible now thanks to the splotchy ink left over. Quite disappointed over this.
4.0 out of 5 stars precognition.,
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