A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick
With extraordinary relevance and renewed popularity, George Orwell’s 1984 takes on new life in this edition.
“Orwell saw, to his credit, that the act of falsifying reality is only secondarily a way of changing perceptions. It is, above all, a way of asserting power.”—The New Yorker
In 1984, London is a grim city in the totalitarian state of Oceania where Big Brother is always watching you and the Thought Police can practically read your mind. Winston Smith is a man in grave danger for the simple reason that his memory still functions. Drawn into a forbidden love affair, Winston finds the courage to join a secret revolutionary organization called The Brotherhood, dedicated to the destruction of the Party. Together with his beloved Julia, he hazards his life in a deadly match against the powers that be.
Lionel Trilling said of Orwell’s masterpiece, “1984 is a profound, terrifying, and wholly fascinating book. It is a fantasy of the political future, and like any such fantasy, serves its author as a magnifying device for an examination of the present.” Though the year 1984 now exists in the past, Orwell’s novel remains an urgent call for the individual willing to speak truth to power.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Maybe you've never read 1984, or maybe it's been a while. Whatever the case, we can't think of a better moment to pick up George Orwell's dystopian vision of a society under absolute government control, where no person or "fact" is free from Big Brother's shadowy manipulations. Orwell's dark tour de force clearly still resonates—nearly 70 years post-publication, 1984 is flying off the shelves.
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As an eighth grader, a teacher made me read this. I really didn't want to read it at all when I started but at the end of the book, I realized I had quite actually enjoyed the book. It really made me think and the book reminded me of North Korea and even America. It was scary to see how this book relates to the real world.
Also, the beginning was a bit confusing to me with the title and setting being 1984, but then I realized the publishing date was 1949. I concluded that it was a futuristic book.
The book has a somewhat interesting storyline but it has good psychology and thoughts.
The ending of the book was bad though and I felt like it was too plain and bland. I definitely expected a more surprising and exciting ending. There's a part I found really boring where Winston read Goldenstein's book.
I'm glad I read this book, but as an eighth grader, I feel like I didn't understand the book in it's fullest context. I plan on rereading it when I'm older and comparing my opinions about the book.
Overall, great book, with few boring parts, and parts that really made me think about life. I would recommend it to some, who have the patience to read through this book and a more futuristic dystopian type. There were a few parts that were kind of unnecessary and more like fillers. Anyways, I rate it 4/5.
Lack of oversight?
Did anyone actually review this iBook before it was published? Besides very trivial spelling errors, what appear to be page numbers start to creep into the text mid-way through the book. It's almost as if the publisher put little to no effort into porting the paper copy to an electronic format. I do call this a "port" (and a shoddy one at that) because it bears the unmistakable marks of someone shoving a paper book into a photo-copier (again, I cite the page numbers embedded in the text).
This is one of my favorite books of all time. The tale is gripping, suspenseful, and and an emotionally stirring ride. The characters are relatable and the setting is dark and foreboding. "1984" is an amazing commentary on the dark path humanity might end up following, and a warning against fear and inaction in the face of tyranny. The book has one of the best endings ever, and the conclusion will both satisfy and tug your heartstrings.