Nineteen Eighty-four

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Penguin Books, 2013 - London (England) - 383 pages
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Ever since its publication in 1948, George Orwell's terrifying vision of a totalitarian regime where Big Brother controls its citizens like 'a boot stamping on a human face' has become a touchstone for human freedom, and one of the most widely-read books in the world. In this new annotated edition Orwell's biographer D. J. Taylor elucidates the full meaning of this timeless satire, explaining contemporary references in the novel, placing it in the context of Orwell's life, elaborating on his extraordinary use of language and explaining the terms such as Newspeak, Doublethink and Room 101 that have become familiar phrases today. This is the essential edition of the essential book of modern times. Annotated and with an Introduction by D. J. Taylor 'The book of the twentieth century . . . haunts us with an ever-darker relevance.' Independent'The greatest writer of the twentieth century.' Observer

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I can't believe I had never read this book before now. The story was so familiar to me from simply being culturally-literate that there were no surprises. I enjoyed the story and could see the many ... Read full review

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So, I was 90% sure that I had already read this book but now that I have reread it I am not sure. I read this book back in middle school right after I read "Gathering Blue" and all I remember was that ... Read full review

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George Orwell (1903-1950) served with the Imperial Police in Burma, fought with the Republicans during the Spanish Civil War, and was a member of the Home Guard and a writer for the BBC during World War II. He is the author of some of the most celebrated works of non-fiction and fiction in the English language

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