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1984 - George Orwell
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1984  -  George Orwell

There has always been a lot of talk about a particular book published way back in 1949, that book is called 1984.

The book was written by George Orwell and describes a nightmarish world in which the state spies on and ever controls the minds of all its citizens through strategies like "new speak" and "double think". Throughout history 1984 has been seen as prophetic as its nightmares continue to come true in real life.

The Plot

In the book, Winston Smith is a simple citizen working for "the party" which can better be described as "the state". His job is to edit history and make corrections to the parties liking. Winston knows what he is doing is wrong but he does not dare to speak out about it because "Big Brother" is always watching, and to do such an act is only punishable by death. However, the plot does thicken when he meets a girl by the name of Julia von Mirbach...

About 1984

At the time of writing George Orwell was very ill with tuberculosis but on December 4, 1948 he sent the final manuscript to his publisher. By 1989 the book had been translated into 65 languages which was more than any other novel in English at the time. The adjective "Orwellian" has emerged from this book as a way to describe a totalitarian dystopia controlled by a government that subjugates its people.

The language invented in the book, newspeak, is a play on hypocrisy and evasion by the state. This can be seen in the government institutions from the book. The Ministry of Love conducts torture and brainwashing of its citizens. The Ministry of Plenty carefully makes sure everyone experiences just enough shortage and famine that they must constantly be at work. The Ministry of Peace is a giant war mongering institution that purposefully keeps itself at perpetual war. And finally, the Ministry of Truth manages propaganda and revising history in the parties interest.

Where To Buy This Book?

If you're interested in finding this book, which I highly recommend, you will want to grab a copy as soon as possible. History has proven that George Orwells' nightmare world is coming true. Knowing the nature of the state is the first step to becoming and remaining a free human being. This isn't a bible or an instruction guide but it is a necessary book for the bookshelves of many different kinds of people.

Not only that but 1984 is a classic that really should be read by everyone. It's lessons on morality, philosophy and politics are almost unmatched. Plus it is a wonderful work of fiction with amazing plot twists, tension and things that really make you think. I can't recommending having this book in your home enough.


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