Nineteen Eighty-Four

Nineteen Eighty-Four

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 29/01/2004
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Nineteen Eighty-Four
Worth Reading 1,984 Times
Orwellian, Big Brother, Double-think, Ministry of Truth. Four concepts we are all intimately familiar with, yet their genesis '1984' reminds a wildly avoid... READ MORE
Conor O'Loughnan
Nineteen Eighty-Four
An Awesome Look and What Modern Life Could Be
Ironic to be writing this review in a time when Trump is the US President but the use of his language and Orwells in this novel does draw parallels. Ignor... READ MORE
Louis at Tenterden

Synopsis

Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.

As much a cultural and historical marker as an absorbing thriller, George Orwell’s 1984 changed and continues to change the way we think about the past and imagine the future. Perhaps the most pervasively influential novel of the twentieth century, 1984 resonates so completely have to become part of our commonplace lexicon, with words like doublethink and Big Brother (it was also Orwell who first coined the term ‘Cold War’) becoming part of the fabric of everyday life and speech.

As the critic and author Jonathan Freedland wrote about 1984, ‘it has become a shorthand for totalitarianism, for the surveillance state, for the power of the mass media to manipulate public opinion, history and even the truth.’

Yet before all of this, 1984 is also a brilliant, compelling, knife-edged thriller, dark with menace and nail-biting tension.

1984 is the story of one man, who could be everyman, Winston Smith. Hidden away in the Record Department of the sprawling Ministry of Truth, Winston skilfully rewrites the past to suit the needs of the Party. Yet he inwardly rebels against the totalitarian world he lives in, which demands absolute obedience and controls him through the all-seeing telescreens and the watchful eye of Big Brother, symbolic head of the Party. In his longing for truth and liberty, Smith begins a secret love affair with a fellow-worker Julia, but soon discovers the true price of freedom is betrayal.

1984 is a book that remains as fresh and sharply resonant now as when Orwell first published it in 1949. More than half a century on, it continues to be one of the foundation stones in any Waterstones bookshop; a book that deserves and demands to be read.

‘It's not only journalists who should be in awe of George Orwell. Anyone embarking on a political thriller should look to 1984 – to see how it's done.’ – The Independent
You can find many of the sites that inspired the works of George Orwell on a modern map, including the original inspiration for Animal Farm nestling up a quiet East Sussex road. These days known primarily for his disturbing and influential dystopian works, most notably 1984, Orwell was best regarded for most of his career as a journalist and critic and his fiction and many essays, are equally rooted in a very real-world view.

Well-travelled and socially and politically engaged, Orwell drew from a life of wide experience in his writing; from times of abject poverty living as a tramp on the streets of London, to exploring social deprivation in northern England, to mingling with political elite and fighting in the Spanish Civil War. His best known works of non-fiction include: Down and Out in Paris and London, Keep the Aspidistra Flying, The Road to Wigan Pier and Homage to Catalonia.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780141187761
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Weight: 281g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 mm

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Nineteen Eighty-Four
Nineteen Eighty-four
This book quite simply changed my life. An incredible masterpiece.
David Davies
Nineteen Eighty-Four
Classic book that never ages
This is one of those books that everyone is meant to have read. So I finally got round to reading it. Although its not the longest of books. It is heavy go... READ MORE
Timothy Buckle
Nineteen Eighty-Four
A masterpiece
This book was actually recommended to me by my English teacher. He started to tell me this really complicated story about a Party and Big Brother and I did... READ MORE
Esthervan666
Nineteen Eighty-Four
Incredible
This is so worth reading to give an insight on the world as it is now . Orwell is a man of creative and truthful wonder
Robyn Hart
Nineteen Eighty-Four
I love this book!
It arrived very quickly and I just got straight into the book. A very good book to get easily stuck into.
hayliam
Nineteen Eighty-Four
I read it in a day- a politically terrifying read
Winston Smith works at the Ministry of Truth, one of the ministries of the despotic rulers known as 'the Party' , where he rewrites history. The state of O... READ MORE
Joshua Whitehead
Nineteen Eighty-Four
Outstanding and timeless
This book is often quoted or indeed misquoted as the direction that our society has taken in recent years. The book itself stands as a harrowing tale of at... READ MORE
Christian
Nineteen Eighty-Four
Haunting, innovative and a timeless classic!
George Orwell thrusts the reader into a totalitarian dystopia which, although fictional, carries disturbing undertones that can be found in the world we li... READ MORE
Jess :)
Nineteen Eighty-Four
Everyone should read this book!
I was given this book by a friend for Christmas! And it is the best book I have ever read. In these uncertain times we are living everyone should read this... READ MORE
ale
Nineteen Eighty-Four
Spectacularly poignant
The book of enlightenment.
Stephen
Nineteen Eighty-Four
Take your stand against big brother
A classic
Sophia
Nineteen Eighty-Four
Big brother
1984 is one of the books that many people claim to have read when asked. Personally I think just own up to not having read it as it's not one I remember ki... READ MORE
Book collector
Nineteen Eighty-Four
One of my favourites!
Read this as part of my Alevels a few years ago and have loved it ever since. Orwell's writing is haunting and prolific, with every sentence with its own c... READ MORE
holly can read
Nineteen Eighty-Four
Even if you haven't read a book before, this is something you have to read.
After so many years of trying to read this book I finally managed to read it. So many people have commented on how this book related to the modern day ... READ MORE
Chris Somwaru
Nineteen Eighty-Four
Amazing book
It is an Amazingly written book and a very actual story. I read it multiple times and it managed to make me worry about something new each time. This book ... READ MORE
Andreea
Nineteen Eighty-Four
One of my favourite Orwell reads
My first experience of Orwell’s nonfiction was this novel and I couldn’t put it down for more than a few hours. It perfectly portrays a dystopian society t... READ MORE
Caelan
Nineteen Eighty-Four
Classic for a reason
Orwell describes a dystopian future where everyone lives under totalitarian regimes. The thought that went into every detail of those fictional regimes is ... READ MORE
Charlie Reilly
Nineteen Eighty-Four
Amazing book
1984 is honestly one of the best books I have ever read! It really changed my view of the world and is a book I feel everybody should read at least once in... READ MORE
Ashlea Smith
Nineteen Eighty-Four
Absolutely essential reading
Stunning, very disturbing novel about the State with too much power over the individual. Written as science fiction in the 1940's. Widely viewed as a pre... READ MORE
Ian C
Nineteen Eighty-Four
Superb
I read this book in about August, i thoroughly enjoyed it, i have read animal farm and also liked it but liked this one far better. I loved the story line ... READ MORE
Heidi
Nineteen Eighty-Four
wow why took me so long to read it
I think 1984 by George Orwell doesn't need an introduction or anything. It is scary how relevant and accurate it is nowadays, even though it was written l... READ MORE
june.reads
Nineteen Eighty-Four
Amazing
After years of not being motivated to read, I've finally found a book that I genuinely enjoyed. Not only was it thought-provoking, but the plot also kept m... READ MORE
Evie Perry