Nineteen Eighty-Four

Paperback, 384 pages

English language

Published Oct. 6, 2003 by Penguin Books.

ISBN:
978-0-14-118735-8
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OCLC Number:
557464416

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Hidden away in the Record Department of the sprawling Ministry of Truth, Winston Smith skilfully rewrites the past to suit the needs of the Party. Yet he inwardly rebels against the totalitarian world he lives in, which demands absolute obedience and controls him through the all-seeing telescreens and the watchful eye of Big Brother. In his longing for truth and liberty, Smith begins a secret love affair with fellow-worker Julia, but soon discovers a nightmare world where love is hate, war is peace and the true price of freedom is betrayal. --back cover

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Una obra fundamental sobre el totalitarismo.

5 stars

Distopía escrita por George Orwell en los años cuarenta del siglo XX, 1984 ha marcado nuestra concepción, nuestra comprensión de lo que es un totalitarismo. Y no solo el soviético estalinista al que alude de manera más obvia con ese Gran Hermano con bigote cuya mirada en los carteles parece seguirte, sino también a otros totalitarismos más sutiles, vigentes, que afectan íntimamente nuestra esfera privada.

Para quien piense que es una exageración que nuestra sociedad también esté, al menos en parte, retratada en esa novela, le traigo una anécdota de lo más ilustrativa: hace unos años Amazon, por problemas con la editorial de varios de los libros de Orwell, eliminó de todos los dispositivos Kindle, a distancia, precisamente 1984 y Rebelión en la Granja. Y lo hizo sin necesidad de entrar casa por casa, sin necesidad de quemar papel. Fue cuestión de que un tipo en un edificio lejano apretara …

Review of '1984 by George Orwell' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

George Orwell is indisputably the greatest didactic writer in the English language since Samuel Johnson. As an essayist, he is a nonpareil, and his insights — which he modestly characterized as "a power of facing unpleasant facts" — are remarkable, original, and biting. The scintillating force of his pen shines most brightly in his essays and his memoirs.

The very power of his personal prose that gives such force to his essays and memoirs, however, leaves his fiction curiously flat. For all his insight, he seems to lack the ability to free his characters to lead independent fictional lives. A person reading Orwell's novels for their characterization would shoot himself.

Such is the force, clarity, and originality of Orwell's ideas, however, and the freshness of his candor, that it is easy to forgive the flat characterization and intrusive narration of the novels. And while each generation seems to find some …

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