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Written on: 22/08/2010 by JustAnotherReview (2 reviews written)
What an oustanding book! It was based on my dad's insistence that I decided to read this fantastic piece of science fiction, thinking all the while that it would be incomprehensible and full of old vocabulary like many 'classic novels'. However, I was very wrong. George Orwell, it is clear to say, was a genius. In 1984, he makes us question the very condition of humankind whilst creating a set of ideas that are, frankly, pure brilliant. This is a thrilling view of what society could have become… Read Full Review
Written on: 11/04/2008 by The quality of mercy is not strained (43 reviews written)
"It was a bright cold day in April and the clocks were striking thirteen." This is the first sentence of an immortal classic narrating Winston Smith's life under the dictatorship of Oceania headed by Big Brother. Sex and family have been turned from things of pleasure in people's lives to means of control over them. Everyone is divided into three classes: the Inner Party, controlled by Big Brother to a limited extent and living in comfort, the proles, poor but free, and the Outer Party, who are… Read Full Review
Written on: 08/04/2008 by Dutchcourage (7 reviews written)
Novels depicting an individual staving off an infinitely more powerful foe are often, while enjoyable, set in fantasy universes that ultimately have no relevance to real life and leave no lasting impression on the reader. However; the primary reason that THIS book is so effective at gripping the reader is because every event is actually feasible. Written in the aftermath of world war two; when it seemed more than likely that nationalism and tyranny would grip the entire planet, this book… Read Full Review
Written on: 19/07/2005 by dgirl123 (4 reviews written)
1984 by George Orwell is a highly antagonistic book of a totalitarianism government in a time of instability. The protagonist and narrator of the story is a man named Winston who believes that the government has been corrupting it's people into believe certain people or events never occured.
Parts of the novel seem to be able to link to everyday life governments and their actions within their countries, and more and more nations are using their own form of doublespeak to make deep or… Read Full Review
Written on: 11/01/2005 by Sweeter42 (3 reviews written)
George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four - This is one of the few books that I think everyone should be made to read! It is such an incredible story, and yet so plausible when you are reading it. Bits of this book often spring to mind during my everyday life, which I think is always a sign of a good book.
It is certainly a disturbing book, but in my view a very important one and it really makes you confront a lot of difficult issues… Read Full Review
Written on: 28/09/2004 by Camelknees (1 review written)
George Orwell, 1984 - I very much enjoyed 1984 by George Orwell. Orwell had a terrifying vision of the world we were gradually becoming in 1949. Though 1984 is long gone, his concerns can still be applicable today.
Winston Smith is a lone protagonist in a corrupt totalitarian socialist society called Ingsoc where one has no "friends," only "comrades." Orwell orchestrates a fearful and depressing image of a loss of individuality, freedom, and truth through his character Smith and his… Read Full Review
Written on: 21/08/2004 by markwhelan (8 reviews written)
George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four - In this totalitarian nightmare, Winston Smith who works for the Inner Party's propaganda machine in the Ministry of Truth, finds hope, despite being forbidden, by writing and falling in love with Julia. However, their desperate struggle for freedom is crushed by the Thought Police. One of the most important political satires ever written. I urge everyone to read this truly brilliant book… Read Full Review
Written on: 17/08/2004 by Dreadlocksmile (358 reviews written)
Nineteen-eighty-four by George Orwell is undisputably one of the most important pieces of political fictiion. It was written during a period of unprecedented political instability when we saw the end of the world's great imperial powers and the rise of a new age of politics. Democracy, Fascism and Communism were competing for dominance and the final conclusion of this struggle could not be predicted by anyone. The book was written back in 1949, with the author, Goeorge Orwell, looking towards… Read Full Review
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