1984 Kindle Edition
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|Length: 260 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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- File Size : 2678 KB
- Publication Date : October 17, 1983
- Print Length : 260 pages
- ASIN : B003JTHWKU
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (October 17, 1983)
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #310 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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To every young person who has been assigned this book, know that you are reading a literary work of art. Many of you will understand and appreciate it, but if you love literature, please make a mental note to read this again when you are older. Youth brings with it eternal hope, boundless optimism and of course, hormones, so you will find yourself rebelling against the pessimism of the book itself - you will effectively be Winston raging against the machine, hoping, searching, questing for a way out. In short, you will cheat.
But when you get older, have a family, lose loved ones and see some of your dreams unfulfilled - when you witness entire nations and races of peoples born, live and die in brutal squalor - when you reflect on the technological advances made over the decades and gaze, with mouth agape, at how a people can be less advanced, less informed and less enlightened, not despite these innovations, but BECAUSE of them, then you will read 1984 as it was meant to be read...not as a dark, dystopian world you enter when you open the book, but a beautifully brutal warning that, even as you read it, is prophetically coming true around you.
Perhaps, though, the scariest thing about this novel was that I didn’t find it all that scary. Many things Orwell brilliantly predicted are a reality now, like cameras in the pockets of nearly every person in a developed country that could potentially “see” and “hear” everything. Phones like the iPhone not only have fingerprints (for touch identification) but now are starting to delve into the world of facial recognition, and no one truly knows for sure where this information goes. We see far worse things than Winston saw in the Ministry of Love by simply turning on the news. Nations like North Korea have complete control over their citizens, and the saddest part is, these citizens are too shielded from reality to even know that there is something wrong with the way they are treated. People also have the tendency to blindly trust whatever the media says, which could just be another way us people are manipulated every day. It makes me wonder, is 2+2 really 4… or, because numbers are a concept created by man, could it really equal 5?
Another worthwhile book is "A Nation of Sheep" by William J. Lederer
Top reviews from other countries
Wow, I was missing out!
Yes, 1984 is a fascinating political treatise... but more importantly it’s a gloriously gripping novel. Characters are relatable, interesting and tragic, you really root for them and invest in what they’re going through. The imagery is evocative and the plot is full of twists and turns despite all of us knowing about Room 101, Big Brother etc from day to day life. I was up all night and read it in one sitting, literally couldn’t put it down.
Don’t make the same mistake I did, don’t ignore it as a ‘boring’ or ‘dry’ - read it!
However, my copy of the book came deeply flawed throughout most of part 2 (135 pages) with the text repeatedly alternating between being pressed too far out (forcing you to hold either the centre or outside of the pages to read) or too far in (forcing you to crack the spine to even read them!). On a few pages the text is pressed so far into the inside margin that numbered grey blocks run are printed up the outside edges.
This may not sound like a big deal but it quickly becomes an annoyance and takes away from the enjoyment of reading a otherwise great book.