• 1984 (Nineteen Eighty-Four)

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    • Category : CLASSICS
    • ISBN Code: 9780141036144
    • Format : Paperback
    • By (Author): Orwell, George
    • Publisher: Penguin
    • Published Date: 03 Jul 2008

     

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One of Britain's most popular novels, George Orwell's dystopian tale Nineteen Eighty-Four is set in a society terrorised by a totalitarian ideology propagated by The Party.

'It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.'

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 words and phrases which regular appear in popular culture, such as 'Big Brother', 'thoughtcrime', 'doublethink' and 'Newspeak'.

Staff Review
I first read 1984 for a class assignment in high school. It's one of those classics that literally stays with you for life. Orwell was an astute observer of society. He wrote 1984 in 1948 - at a time when fears of the future were different, but will still continue to resonate fresh and contemporary for readers today. Orwell's visual imagery of the colourless society ruled by a totalitarian government is not nearly as disturbing as the loss for communication and creative thought, and how language can be use as a 'tool' for social control. This is definitely not a book that is easily read or to be taken lightly.
 



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