Nineteen Eighty-four

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Penguin, 2009 - Fiction - 355 pages
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First published in 1949, George Orwell's 1984 has lost none of its impact and vision with which it first hit readers.

Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth in London, chief city of Airstrip One. Big Brother stares out from every poster, the Thought Police uncover every act of betrayal. When Winston finds love with Julia, he discovers that life does not have to be dull and deadening, and awakens to new possibilities. Despite the police helicopters that hover and circle overhead, Winston and Julia begin to question the Party; they are drawn towards conspiracy. Yet Big Brother will not tolerate dissent - even in the mind. For those with original thoughts they invented Room 101 ...

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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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About the author (2009)

Eric Arthur Blair (1903-1950), better known by his pen-name, George Orwell, was born in India, where his father worked for the Civil Service. An author and journalist, Orwell was one of the most prominent and influential figures in twentieth-century literature. His unique political allegory Animal Farm was published in 1945, and it was this novel, together with the dystopia of Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), which brought him world-wide fame. His novels and non-fiction include Burmese Days, Down and Out in Paris and London, The Road to Wigan Pier and Homage to Catalonia.

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