Saturday, June 8, 1974

1984 by George Orwell: Published 25 Years Ago Today

Updated 7/5/2020.


George Orwell

First Publication: June 8, 1949

Category: dystopian novel

Sales: 30 million


About the Book:

1984 was George Orwell’s chilling prophecy about the future.” AZ “It is probable that no other work of this generation has made us desire freedom more earnestly or loathe tyranny with such fullness. 1984, the most contemporary novel of the year and who knows of how many past and to come, is a great examination into and dramatization of Lord Acton’s famous apothegm, ‘power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.’” – New York Times 1949 review by Mark Schorer BN

“The novel is set in…1984 when most of the world population have become victims of perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance and public manipulation…Great Britain…A superstate named Oceania…is ruled by the ‘Party,’ who employ the ‘Thought Police’ to persecute individualism and independent thinking.” WK

“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…But as he starts to think for himself, Winston can’t escape the fact that Big Brother is always watching.” AZ

“While 1984 has come and gone, [Orwell’s] dystopian vision of a government that will do anything to control the narrative is timelier than ever.” AZ “A startling and haunting vision of the world, 1984…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.” AZ “So persuasive and chilling was the world summoned up here that ‘Orwellian’ has entered the language as shorthand for government control. Chilling, wry and romantic, it is above all a passionate cry for freedom.” TG

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In July 2018, I became the organizer of the Classic Novels Book Club. Check out the Book Club tab here or Meetup for more information. This is our July 2019 book.

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