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Para controlar todo no basta con apropiarse solo de la voluntad y de la conciencia de los individuos, hay que hacerse dueño de su lenguaje. En 1984 encontramos al líder único cuya presencia es antes que nada una abstracción, la negación del individuo, la sustracción de la información: el Gran Hermano, el Big Brother. 1984 es al mismo tiempo una advertencia y un deseo: advertencia de habitar un mundo cerrado donde lo Otro es indispensable, y donde al mismo tiempo el individuo ha desaparecido. Pero también se trata de un deseo de que la realidad sea de otro modo, acaso más atroz, pero también menos aburrida. Orwell ha construuido una metáfora del imaginario social del siglo XX al describir un país carcelario, vigilado por un panóctico, es decir, un lugar desde donde es posible verlo todo y a todos. La vigencia de esta obra es incontrovertible.

Topics: London, England, Allegory, Political Commentary, Speculative Fiction, Dark, Paranoid, Dystopia, British Author, Postmodern, Made into a Movie, Censorship, Totalitarianism, Rebellion, Paranoia, Love, Spies, Forbidden Love, Art & Artists, Language, Politics, Corruption, Alternate Universe, Surveillance, and Escaping Oppression

Published: LD Books - Lectorum on Jan 16, 1949
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I read 1984 in high school many years ago and I remember I was very impressed with it. After reading it now, I am still impressed by the ideas in the book, but not so much anymore. I guess I have seen many ideas from the book in newer and more contemporary guises, which made a bigger impression on me just by being a more realistic danger in our present society. In addition, the writing style is not great, especially the part where Winston is reading the Brotherhood book is tedious. All in all, I recommend reading the book because it is such a classic, but don't expect to be wowed.read more
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Nineteen Eighty-Four is a famous dystopian novel by George Orwell. Winston Smith, the protagonist, is a citizen of a totalitarian government. There is no privacy in Winston Smith's world, as the government is perpetually watching. Winston hates the government, and falls for a girl who holds the same volatile feelings for the Party as well. They are captured by the police and are brainwashed into being compliant.The novel is a commentary on the strong presence of government in the daily life of citizens. Orwell portrays the society as futuristic, and the government has supernatural abilities of detecting rebels. Orwell is suggesting that if the role of the government does not cease expansion, then society could turn into the nightmare that is portrayed in his novel.read more
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Classic dystopian novel. There are enough reviews here that I don't feel like going into depth. Well-written, but I prefer Brave New World. Or, perhaps, Blakes 7.read more
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I read 1984 in high school many years ago and I remember I was very impressed with it. After reading it now, I am still impressed by the ideas in the book, but not so much anymore. I guess I have seen many ideas from the book in newer and more contemporary guises, which made a bigger impression on me just by being a more realistic danger in our present society. In addition, the writing style is not great, especially the part where Winston is reading the Brotherhood book is tedious. All in all, I recommend reading the book because it is such a classic, but don't expect to be wowed.
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Nineteen Eighty-Four is a famous dystopian novel by George Orwell. Winston Smith, the protagonist, is a citizen of a totalitarian government. There is no privacy in Winston Smith's world, as the government is perpetually watching. Winston hates the government, and falls for a girl who holds the same volatile feelings for the Party as well. They are captured by the police and are brainwashed into being compliant.The novel is a commentary on the strong presence of government in the daily life of citizens. Orwell portrays the society as futuristic, and the government has supernatural abilities of detecting rebels. Orwell is suggesting that if the role of the government does not cease expansion, then society could turn into the nightmare that is portrayed in his novel.
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Classic dystopian novel. There are enough reviews here that I don't feel like going into depth. Well-written, but I prefer Brave New World. Or, perhaps, Blakes 7.
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Read this book , yep step away from the twilight stuff and read some Orwell that's all I have to say !
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Amazing. The transition from calm to chaos in the last third of the book was perfect and unexpected. The last hundred or so pages my stomach was clenched and I couldn't stop turning the page.
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I'm glad I finally took the time to read this classic. While I was rather disappointed with the ending, I found it to be pretty true to how humans really react to dramatic situations out of fear, ignorance, and self-preservation. The story read quickly and was for the most part engaging. The Thought Police are incredibly terrifying. How is one to control their subconscious? Just thinking about it makes me shiver
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