Friday, January 27, 2017

Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) by George Orwell

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In the past few days, 1984 by George Orwell has re-emerged at the top of best-seller lists.

The dystopian novel chronicles the tale of a British man named Winston who works at the Ministry of Truth, which oversees all media and propaganda. In a move similar to the one made by Guy Montag in Fahrenheit 451, Winston turns against his job, employer, and country... He starts to journal his anti-Big-Brother thoughts. His following experiences with the secret underground society The Brotherhood, the Thought Police, and a woman named Julia.

This classic coined many terms we still use today, like "Big Brother," "thought-crime," and "Newspeak," and it popularized the use of the word "Orwellian" to describe totalitarian states' surveillance of their citizens and manipulation of historical record.

If you like reading about Orwell's dystopia, you might also be interested in another classic dystopian novel, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. If you enjoy Orwell's writing, you might like Animal Farm.

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