- Paperback: 310 pages
- Publisher: Amazing Reads (1 January 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 8192910903
- ISBN-13: 978-8192910901
- Product Dimensions: 29 x 20 x 3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 581 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ FREE Delivery
+ FREE Delivery
1984 Paperback – 1 Jan 2014
|Paperback, 1 Jan 2014||
The order quantity for this product is limited to 2 units per customer
Please note that orders which exceed the quantity limit will be auto-canceled. This is applicable across sellers.
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter mobile phone number.
Amazon BusinessNeed a GST Invoice on this product? Sign in from/create business account
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
1984 is set in a dystpoian era, where there is no privacy. No one is spared from the eye! Eye of the big brother. Big Brother is controlling everyone while they are sleeping, eating, walking and even when they are having sex. But no one is sure if Big Brother exists or it is just a made up persona to manipulate people by some powerful people. History is being manipulated everbody knows that but does not want to talk about it. No one can trust anyone, not even their own kids. Big Brother controls everything. In this book there are some rebels like Winston and Julia. They fall in love and everything. They hide this from the Big Brother for a certain time. This looks like almost a cliche story about regime, governments and rising rebels, but my synposis does not do justice ti the book and I do not want to spoil this beautiful book for you! So please, read the book till the last page, which has one hell of a twist.
This book is awesome! Because it was ahead of its time but so close to reality. This book is a crawling out of the system kinda genre, how humans are manipulated by some specific groups of people and we do not even know what we are doing. Winston was a flaw in the system. How they tortured him and all was so horrific. Some words like, newspeak and thoughtcrime are nicely used in the book. I tried to understand most of the stuff like Orwell politics etc but I still missed most of it. It is very detailed and a very descriptive novel. I nearly got bored because I was thinking that this book is one about a chosen one the likes, a cliché, but no! The ending will shook you from inside. Writing style was great too! Little philosophical here and there. And the POV of Winston was amazing. I read last chapter twice to understand the ending. I still think my review cannot properly explain this deep and mindfuck book.
Just explaining this word in my opinion
Newspeak- By making paragraphs and sentences shorter day by day, it will cause less communication with each other. So they(humans) will fail to express their feelings and thoughts. And they do not have any creative thoughts to execute and in the long run, humans will not show any sign of feelings in them.
HOW SHOULD YOU READ THIS BOOK?
Slowly and with full focus because some words and paragraphs are so deep and confusing (it was for me.) So that you have to take some time for digest it
Written in 1948, one cannot help but appreciate the foresightedness shown by the author. Whatever mentioned by the author in the book is actually happening today in some way or the other. We see (though net and news channels) what the Govt wants us to see, we read (again on the internet and newspapers) what the Govt wants us to read. Facts are manipulated, misunderstood, misrepresented, misquoted and everything is done deliberately in order to benefit the Party to which a particular News Channel or Website is closely associated to.
Calls are tapped, messages are scanned and moreover people are being prosecuted for expressing their views on social media. If this is not a glimpse of what George Orwell had mentioned in 1984, then what it is?
People who like novels which have fairy tale endings, may not like this book much. But again, one does not come across such pieces of literature every now and then.
Those are the three tenets of George Orwell’s uber-dystopian world of Oceania, one of three super-states in the future where there is perpetual war, which is a mash-up of the UK, the Americas and Australia. 1984 is Orwell’s disturbing image of a post-World War II scenario where he thought democratic values wouldn’t survive. Instead, we have the Party led by this man called Big Brother (if you thought the show was annoying, wait till you get a load of this) and there are “telescreens”, which are just TVs spouting government propaganda and spying on your actions 24/7. The world is divided into Party members (Inner and Outer) and the “proles”, which, if any of you have ever heard of Marx, is pretty self-explanatory [Harry Potter fans, think Deathly Hallows and Magic is Might]. Except for the fact that these uneducated proles are 85% of the population and they are effectively controlled by the Party by no concrete regulations since there are no laws in this world. The only wrong you can do is “Thoughtcrime” (holding unspoken beliefs or doubts that oppose or question the Party), which can only be committed by Party members. If caught, all traces of you ever having existed will be destroyed and you will be vaporized or turned into an “unperson”. Frightening yet cool.
Our hero, for lack of a better word, is Winston Smith, a morose, paranoid, frail 39-year old who is an editor in the Minitrue (Ministry of Truth), where he falsifies historical records to keep up with the ever-changing party line and deleting the existence of people who have been vaporized, secretly hoping for an invitation to the Brotherhood, the hush-hush anti-government organisation led by Emmanuel Goldstein. Just like Joseph Stalin used to airbrush his “fallen comrades” from photographs and remove their names from books and newspapers. Constantly being forced to rewrite it, Winston is fascinated by the past and makes clumsy attempts to know what truly happened, either by talking to really old drunks in prole bars or going to antique shops and buying journals and coral paperweights. Total badass.
He falls in love with Julia, a young, hot member of the Junior Anti-Sex League. Yes, these existed, because in this world one of the Party’s aims is to take the joy out of sex. Children are born through “artsem” and as soon as they grow up they join this terrible organisation called the Spies where they get to listen in on doors and report suspicious activities of adults they don’t like. Try making your kid eat veggies now, Mom. Anyway, Winston and Julia have the oddest flirtation ever. He dreams of raping and killing her and she falls passionately in love with him by stalking him. Total fairy tale romance. They have sex in hidden meadows and bombed churches before, finally, getting a room. And real bread and jam. And coffee with real sugar. And Winston gets invited to join the Brotherhood with his own copy of the manifesto and all.
Wait a minute. I thought they were living in a super-surveillance state which is perpetually at war. Yes, they still are. Except Winston’s apparently been having the biggest lucky streak of his life and never thinks to question it. Then he gets caught. Shocker. Which is when the real fun begins in the Ministry of Love (aka Miniluv, LOL). Starvation. Beatings. Torture. Betrayal. And, RATS.
The book is rife with symbolism from wartime Britain and Russia-bashing. For instance, Oceania changing allies when it suited them (Russia and Nazi Germany); Goldstein being a facsimile of Leon Trotsky, animal transformations and all and Big Brother as Stalin. The Thought Police could be the NKVD. Even the lovely contractions are derived from Mother Russia (Dialectical Materialism=DiaMat). The slogan “Our, new happy life” a copy of “Life has become better”. Personally, I think of NaMo’s “Achhe din aa gaye”
Jokes aside, I think 1984 is one of the most well-written and chilling books I have ever read. Orwell, a democratic socialist at heart, has brilliantly demonstrated the perils of authoritarianism. Written in the immediate aftermath of World War II, it shows a chilling view of the future as a place where the language has been pared to so great an extent that it only serves the purpose of officialdom and people have been reduced to being tools of the Party. The “proles” are nothing more than the silent masses subjugated to the elite. Your thoughts, your home, your family, your leisure time are all subject to constant surveillance and you like it. It shows how the freedoms we take for granted and the past we derive them from are so fragile and can be snatched away so easily by those in power.
I would recommend this book to everyone who loves a good read. It is a searing political and social commentary as well as a thriller. Read for the masterful way Orwell has used the English language. Read because it is as relevant today as it was 65 years ago. (I’m talking about you, NSA) The book may be a bit dry but Winston humanizes the more abstract themes in a relatable manner. It is a very worthwhile read with rich and layered meanings. It even has cool dialogues like “We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness” and “Until they become conscious they will never rebel and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious”.
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Most recent customer reviews
A piece by George Orwell is always great read.