1984

325 pages

English language

Published Dec. 24, 1950 by new american library.

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978-0-14-103614-4
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4 stars (202 reviews)

Which One Will YOU Be IN the Year 1984?

There won't be much choice, of course, if this book's predictions turn out to be true. But you'll probably become one of the following four types:

Proletarian--Considered inferior and kept in total ignorance, you'll be fed lies from the Ministry of Truth, eliminated upon signs of promise or ability!

Police Guard--Chosen for lack of intelligence but superiour brown, you'll be suspicious of everyone and be ready to give your life for Big Brother, the leader you've never even seen!

Party Member--Male--Face-less, mind-less, a flesh-and-blood robot with a push-button brain, you're denied love by law, taught hate by the flick of a switch!

Party Member--Female--A member of the Anti-Sex League from birth, your duty will be to smother all human emotion, and your children might not be your husband's!

Unbelievable? You'll feel differently after you've read this best-selling book of forbidden love …

169 editions

problematic but relevant

4 stars

A lot to unpack in this book. The lead character (Winston) has some pretty misogynistic tendencies, and there's not a single female character in the book with any depth whatsoever. This can be explained to some extent by the fact that it was written in the 40s, and that Winston has been subject to psychological manipulation essentially since birth.

Problematic elements aside, this provides an interesting dive into the world of psychological warfare, which remains relevant to this day.

Faut-il relire "Mille neuf cent quatre-vingt-quatre" ? --> OUI

5 stars

Faut-il relire "Mille neuf cent quatre-vingt-quatre" ?
Ma réponse est clairement oui.
Et pour de bonnes raisons :

  • Cette édition est une meilleure traduction de l’œuvre originale
  • Le monde évolue et « Mille neuf cent quatre-vingt-quatre » n'a en rien perdu de son acuité. Il est même encore plus juste !
  • J’ai changé. J’ai trouvé dans cette relecture des thèmes, des passages qui m’ont échappé

De plus quelques vidéos récentes m’ont apporté des éclairages plus que très utiles

Alors lire 1984 en 2022 ?

George Orwell étire la réalité des régimes autoritaires pour en faire un régime absolu, total.
Alors oui l’Angsoc n’est …

Review of 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

The contributions of this book are far too grand for me to go into all details here. To make it short, I believe that Orwell provided a fitting explanation of how individual thought is suppressed under totalitarian regimes. The principles of doublethink are also used in democratic states whenever it is politically necessary to hold two conflicting opinions. I even claim that it is a politician's most essential skill to perform this mental gymnastics convincingly.

However, this propaganda does not necesarrily manage to convince everybody. Regardless of the political system, it seems that generally, the people under its influence tend to root for it. But also regardless of the system, the capacity for subversive ideas can never be eliminated. Whether this capacity is actually of any use, though, depends on the system. The dystopian world of 1984 deals with subversive thoughts in such an efficient way, that revolutionary spirit is …

Review of '1984' on 'Storygraph'

3 stars

1984 is one of those cultural touchstones that stay relevant decades after it publishing, decades after the people and regimes it critiques are long dead. It's imagery and the world it paints is extremely evocative and by far carries this book, despite it's lukewarm romance plot. If anyone reads any of 1984, they should read Goldstein's book. It lays out an almost autonomous accumulation and misuse of power that remains relevant today in every country.

reviewed Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell (The Complete works of George Orwell -- v. 1)

Review of 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' on 'Storygraph'

5 stars

There are a few things that I find riveting in 1984:
- The idea that information control can shape reality. I first read 1984 in college, before algorithms played such a huge role in our lives. Today the notion that influencing information access can shape a populations' perception of the world, encourage opinion, shape our behaviors is all too real.
- The sense of hopelessness is absolute. I've never felt so mournful finishing a book. At the end, the world of individual liberty and hope has just completed fading from view. As Winston capitulates, the state continues its inexorable march to consuming the whole of the human experience, subverting romantic relationships, subverting the relationship between children and parents, even purging language of unorthodox concepts.

I probably shouldn't read books like this on the road. What a downer.

Review of '1984' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

A frightening look at the dangers of total government control, the loss of freedom of speech and thought, and the importance of continuing this discourse before it happens to us. Some might say it already has, but this book shows how terrible it really can be.

“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.”
― George Orwell, 1984

Review of 'Nineteen eighty-four' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

What can I say? I both love and hate this book, which may be a form of doublethink. Even having read it before, I was still rooting for Winston Smith to retain his humanity ... but alas. What struck me in particular this read-through was how blatantly the things that will happen to Winston are stated throughout the book. It's more than mere foreshadowing: From the beginning, we get actual description of the sorts of things that Winston ends up having to endure (see some of the earlier quotes listed below). The mantra that the result is concurrent with the act is thematically reinforced, which makes the story even more chilling with a second reading, at least for me. O'Brien's obviating statement upon first entering Winston's cell ("You knew this, Winston.... Don't deceive yourself. You did know it — you have always known it.") seems directed more at the …

reviewed Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell (The Complete works of George Orwell -- v. 1)

Review of 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

As literary science fiction, Nineteen Eighty-Four is a classic novel of the social science fiction sub-genre, the terms and concepts of Big Brother, doublethink, thoughtcrime, Newspeak, Memory hole et cetera, became contemporary vernacular, including the adjective Orwellian, denoting George Orwell’s writings and totalitarianism as exposited in Nineteen Eighty-Four. George Orwell has mastered the art of writing, and dystopian societies so much so that even now days there is a sense of science fiction and relevants to our society.

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  • Totalitarianism
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