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Format:
Title:
1984 : a novel
Uniform Title:
Nineteen eighty-four
ISBN:
9780452254268

9780452262935

9780451518002

9780451524935

9780451519849
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : New American Library, [1983], ©1977.
Physical Description:
267 pages ; 21 cm
Series title(s):
Summary:
Winston Smith and Julia join the underground opposition to the totalitarian government that would suffocate individuality.
Added Title:
Nineteen eighty-four.
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Summary

For use in schools and libraries only. Portrays life in a future time when a totalitarian government watches over all citizens and directs all activities. 1984 is still the great modern classic of "negative utopia" in its representation of an imaginary world that is completely convincing.


Summary

Written 70 years ago, 1984 was George Orwell's chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, his dystopian vision of a government that will do anything to control the narrative is timelier than ever...

* Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read *

" The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command. "

Winston Smith toes the Party line, rewriting history to satisfy the demands of the Ministry of Truth. With each lie he writes, Winston grows to hate the Party that seeks power for its own sake and persecutes those who dare to commit thoughtcrimes. But as he starts to think for himself, Winston can't escape the fact that Big Brother is always watching...

A startling and haunting vision of the world, 1984 is so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the influence of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of multiple generations of readers, or the resiliency of its admonitions--a legacy that seems only to grow with the passage of time.


Author Notes

George Orwell was born Eric Arthur Blair on June 25, 1903 in Motihari in Bengal, India and later studied at Eton College for four years. He was an assistant superintendent with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma. He left that position after five years and moved to Paris, where he wrote his first two books: Burmese Days and Down and Out in Paris and London. He then moved to Spain to write but decided to join the United Workers Marxist Party Militia. After being decidedly opposed to communism, he served in the British Home Guard and with the Indian Service of the BBC during World War II. After the war, he wrote for the Observer and was literary editor for the Tribune.

His best known works are Animal Farm and 1984. His other works include A Clergyman's Daughter, Keep the Aspidistra Flying, The Road to Wigan Pier, Homage to Catalonia, and Coming Up for Air. He died on January 21, 1950 at the age of 46.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Booklist Review

Winston hates the system, hates Big Brother. He knows that his rebellion puts him in terrible danger and that the Thought Police will find him.