With extraordinary relevance and renewed popularity, George Orwell’s 1984 takes on new life in this hardcover 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
George Orwell wrote this satirical novella in response to the rise of Stalinism in post-revolution Russia. Turns out, the book’s messages about propaganda, elitism, and hypocrisy in politics are ageless. At face value, Animal Farm is a story about a farm where the animals revolt against their caretakers, taking control of their society. But Orwell's razor-sharp writing turns Animal Farm’s pigs and horses into stark illustrations of how even the best intentions can be poisoned by an overwhelming desire for power.
I loved this book. This should be assigned reading at most schools. It teaches a lot but it is also a classic that more people should read.
A great great about the horrors of communism
I enjoyed the animals, especially, Boxer the horse, and Moses the Raven. This book details the dangers of Communism, and how absolute power corrupts absolutely.