Genre/Form: Political fiction., Science fiction., Dystopias.

Material Type: Fiction ISBN: 0451524934 : 9780451524935 Notes: "1984 has come and gone, but George Orwell's prophetic, nightmar ish vision ... is timelier than ever."--P. [4] of cover.

Synopsis Orwell's final novel, 1984, is the story of one man's struggle against the ubiqu itous, menacing state power ( Big Brother ) that tries to dictate nearly every aspec t of human life. The novel is a classic in anti-utopian fiction, and a trenchant political satire that remains as relevant today as when it was first published. Annotation Examines different aspects of Orwell's anti-utopian classic, with a biographical sketch of the author and critical essays on this work. Books of the Century; New York Times review, June 1949 - Mark Schorer 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 now many past and to come, is a great examin ation into and dramatization of Lord Acton's famous apothegm, " power tends to c orrupt and absolute power corrups absolutely. " "He gazed up at the enormous face. Forty years it had taken him to learn what ki nd of smile was hidden beneath the dark moustache. O cruel, needless misunderstanding! O stubbor n, self-willed exile from the loving breast! Two gin-scented tears trickled down the sides of h is nose. But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the v ictory over himself. He loved Big Brother."

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