1984 - George Orwell
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Updated: 11 Aug 2021
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.
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almost 2 years ago
I saw the movie 1984 recently not a very good movie. The book is better than the movie and I hate to be the one of the people who say that. But I was reminded how you can create an entire state where everyone is kept in line because somebody is telling you we are fighting this battle out on the front lines. I'd forgotten this from the book
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Actor
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over 1 year ago
Well, my favorite book is 1984 by George Orwell, so I suppose Winston Smith.
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almost 2 years ago
Three things that had long been of interest to me came together during the writing of the book. The first was my interest in dystopian literature, an interest that began with my adolescent reading of Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, Huxley's Brave New World and Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, and continued through my period of graduate work at Harvard in the early 1960s.
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11 months ago
"Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."
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over 1 year ago
I recently reread 1984 by Orwell, though, one of the most important books to read right now. I don’t put books down, but it’s hard for me if I don’t like a text within the first 10 pages. I’ll just throw that motherf****r across the room and never pick it up again.
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over 1 year ago
Ok enough whinging about our rights being abused & us basically living in the book 1984. Be positive guys. Sweet dreams! #theyrewatchingyou
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9 months ago
On the "books read" section of Emma Watson's GoodReads profile.
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over 1 year ago
What is your favorite book? George Orwell's "1984", especially right now, there is nothing like that.
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12 months ago
My favorite book of this gеnre. The book captures and doesn't let you go until the last page.
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Scientist
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over 1 year ago
The only question left open after you finish reading 1984 is How do we avoid getting there?
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1 year ago
Any book that you loved? The book that I loved growing up.... The first one that comes to my mind right now is 1984.
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8 months ago
Orwell’s dystopian tale of a totalitarian government enabled by futuristic technology.
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2 years ago
Steve Jobs was also heavily influenced by George Orwell’s dystopian 1984 and used it as inspiration in Apple’s famed 1984 Super Bowl ad that first introduced the Macintosh Computer.
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