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Portrays life in a future time when a totalitarian government watches over all citizens and directs all activities.

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Dark and Wonderful submitted by Daniel Saltzman on January 4, 2010, 2:45pm Epic in message and impact, this book has helped shaped Western perspectives on politics since it came out in the 1940's. While not the book for those looking for happy-endings, it is perfect if you are looking for an in-depth examination of human society and psychology.

Chilling submitted by faiyafrower on June 26, 2011, 10:31pm Deep reminder about the dangers of security and government. It is an amazing, in-depth explanation of what our world could become.

Hunger Games, meet your excellent ancestor. submitted by Allison B on June 17, 2013, 9:16pm Though I am loving the proliferation of dystopian literature today, I have to say, this one is the father of them all. A classic. Don't wait to read it for school, it's totally scary and awesome.

Best book ever submitted by dumusicgirl on August 7, 2013, 3:47pm This is my favourite book of all time. I'd recommend it to everyone old and young. Much more eloquent and creative than most of what passes for "literature" today.

Delightfully disturbing distopian submitted by cpaskus on June 25, 2014, 1:01pm A classic novel about a distopian future in which the government controls everything from marriages to media, and even the past. In this future, 'Big Brother' is always watching, and the Thought Police turn their neighbors, spouses, and parents in to the authorities. In this oppressive world, one man decides to create a future where everyone is free. This is one of the first great distopian novel, full of adultery, deceit, and torture. It is suspenseful from start to finish, all together a great story!

Interesting submitted by crazypockets on July 4, 2014, 5:26pm For some reason, I never had to read this one in school but had always wanted to. It's interesting how both conservatives and liberals will pull it out and point to it in their arguments on what's wrong with the world today, and I'd always been curious what the real story was. Really, I can see how it could be argued both ways. The government can be dangerous when it's limiting freedoms, but I think it's the most dangerous depending on who is controlling it. I've never understood why conservatives are so willing to give up freedoms, even to the government, if there's a business behind it, but rabid with fear if it's just the government. It seems like Orwell was writing about Communism or Socialism gone too far (which would make sense and was pretty right on given the time). But what would he think about the way America has turned out today with so much corporate control over our government? The points made about being in perpetual war along with how society always settles back into the hierarchy of low, middle, high were so true, they were pretty depressing. I didn't like the main characters, the plot was sort of predictable, and the love story was contrived and shallow, but those weren't really the points of the story anyway. This book made me wish I had gone into teaching (sort of...) and also that I could sit down and have a conversation with the author today.

Thought Provoking submitted by TheCatMan on June 14, 2015, 1:36pm A must read dystopian for any reader. The parallels that can be created to today can be chilling at times.

Captivating Classic submitted by tomiwa on July 12, 2015, 11:57am This book most certainly deserves status as a classic. It is a warning of what our society could develop into if we do not watch our advances in technology, a reminder of what government can become if we do not watch our human lust for power, a journey to the year of 1984, as Orwell thought it would be. This book is not really a prediction of what the future would be, more a chilling tale of the effects of power and propaganda. 1984 is eloquently written, and straight to the point. The political and social world of 1984 is extremely captivating. This is true literature.

Classic submitted by Maggie Walker on August 3, 2016, 7:25pm A classic read. If you didn't read this in high school (like you were probably supposed to), you should now... it's good.

Frighteningly Prescient submitted by Meginator on August 4, 2017, 10:07pm 1984 is worth the read for the chilling last sentence alone. No one before or since has written as compelling a dystopian future as Orwell's, perhaps because it is so easy to see it coming to fruition in many ways. This is one of the two best fictional explorations of linguistics that I have red (the other being "Stories of Your Life and Others") and it reveals something new each time I read it. This one is a classic for a good reason and is deeper than its pop culture reputation gives it credit for.

Too real submitted by terpsichore17 on July 25, 2018, 1:07pm Well, this is completely terrifying.

Good Book submitted by ekharris on August 6, 2018, 12:10pm It's easy to forget that George Orwell wrote this over 50 years ago as it is so relevant to our world today. This book is captivating and a quick read. Great book!

One of My Favorite Classics submitted by dntanzer on August 31, 2018, 4:49pm This is an interesting science fiction classic that explores what happens when society puts strict limits on pleasurable things. The most interesting thing to do is read this next to Brave New World and compare.

A classic submitted by cynthia1616 on June 25, 2019, 9:25am This is a classic novel about government monitoring your every move and thought then make the whole society obey the party.

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PUBLISHED
various publishers, c1949.
Year Published: 1949
Description: 314 p. ; 21 cm.
Language: English
Format: Book

ISBN/STANDARD NUMBER
0679417397
9780452262935
9780451524935

SUBJECTS
Brainwashing -- Fiction.
Propaganda -- Fiction.
Future -- Fiction.
Behavior modification -- Fiction.
Totalitarianism -- Fiction.
London (England) -- Fiction.
Political fiction.
Dystopias.