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 found 1984 interesting in that it takes place around 1950 and told about how are freedom and democracy are fragile and big brother is watching and the dangers of Soviet threat to the world which can ... Read full review

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Many of us must have felt withered with frustration when discussing anything with people already convinced of some simple overarching explanation, whether wicked or benign. Orwell channels his ... 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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