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Rene S
05-05-2010 07:14

This book is far from perfect. His characters lack depth, his rhetoric is sometimes didactic, his plot (well, half anyway) was lifted from Zumyatin's We, and Goldstein's extensive treatise in the middle is a flaw that alters the structure of the novel like a scar disfigures a face. But in the long run, all that does not matter, because George Orwell did it well. Orwell, a socialist who fought against Franco, saw with dismay how the great Soviet experiment was reduced to a totalite. This book is far from perfect. His characters lack depth, his rhetoric is sometimes didactic, his plot (well, half anyway) was lifted from Zumyatin's We, and Goldstein's extensive treatise in the middle is a flaw that alters the structure of the novel like a scar disfigures a face. But in the long run, all that does not matter, because George Orwell did it well. Orwell, a socialist who fought against Franco, saw with dismay how the great Soviet experiment was reduced to a totalitarian state, a repressive force equal in evil to fascist Italy or Nazi Germany. He realized that ideology in an authoritarian state is nothing more than a distraction, a brilliant thing made for the public to see. He realized that the point of control was more control, that the point of torture was more torture, that the goal of all his "alternative facts" was to create a world in which people no longer had even a word of truth. I want an image of the future, imagine a boot print on a human face, forever. Orwell's worldview is grim; Too bleak, some might argue, since it can deprive the fainthearted among us of hope. But Orwell never wanted to take away hope. No, I wanted to impress our hearts with resistance by showing us the authoritarian nightmare achieved: a monument of stasis, a tribute to vigilance and control. Here, in the USA UU., In 2017, our totalitarian assumptions are far from stasis. At this moment they are stirring up chaos and confusion, spreading lies and then denying that they spread them, hoping to take us to the light of the fireworks to a disorder of impotence and inactivity. They are trying to destroy a vigorous democracy, and they know that it will take a lot of chaos and confusion to bring down that democracy. They hate us more when we march together, when we occupy the offices of the Senate and work in the Congress panel, when we congregate in pubs and cafeterias and we share our indignation and fear, because they know that freedom is nourished by solidarity and resistance, and that solidarity and resistance breeds love and hope. They prefer it a lot when we meditate on loneliness, desperate and alone. What reminds me ... one of the things we should never do is brood over the ideology of the enemy (Is Steve Bannon a fascist? A Nazi? A Stalinist?), While trying to discern their "ideological goals", the enemy is busy putting on his boots, and his boots are made with nails, with heels and equipped with steel spikes. Finally, it does not matter who heads the authoritarian state: a bully like Mussolini, a coprophiliac strutting like Hitler, a Napoleonic pig like Stalin, or a brainless bear dancer like Trump. Whatever the current incarnation of "Big Brother"? may be, the goal is always the same: a nation of warriors and fanatics, advancing in perfect unity, all thinking the same and shouting the same slogans, working perpetually, fighting, triumphing, chasing: three hundred million people, all with the same expensive. ...Plus

Gustav D
16-10-2011 05:46

WAR IS PEACE. FRIED IS SLAVERY. THE IMPORTANCE IS THE FORCE. These words are still ringing in my head since I read this book. My God, probably the most terrifying, not to mention terrifying, book I've ever read. 1984 should also be included in the horror genre. 1984 describes a utopia. It is not the version of Utopia by Thomas More, but this is the antithesis, that is, the dystopia. Imagine living in a country, whose leaders apply a totalitarian system to regulate their citizen, in the most extreme way, that makes Hitler THE WAR IS PEACE. PHRASE IS SLAVERY. THE IMPORTANCE IS THE FORCE. These words are still ringing in my head since I read this book. My God, probably the most terrifying, not to mention terrifying, book I've ever read. 1984 should also be included in the horror genre. 1984 describes a utopia. It is not the version of Utopia by Thomas More, but this is the antithesis, that is, the dystopia. Imagine living in a country whose leaders apply a totalitarian system to regulate their citizen, in the most extreme way, which makes Hitler, Mao, Stalin and that old guy in V for Vendetta look queer. Work, eat, drink, sleep, talk, think, procreate ... in a short life, everything is controlled by the state. Any sign of obedience or aversion can be detected by several state apparatuses, such as the Thought Police, the tele-screen or even their children, who will not hesitate to betray it to the authorities. Even language is modified in such a way that it can not be expressed, since individualism is a crime. The past is controlled, it is rewritten in something that will strengthen the titular governor. Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past. There is no real truth The "truth" is what the state says it is. Black is white, 2 + 2 = 5, if the state says so. The world in 1984 is divided into three states, originating from the ashes of World War II: Oceania (British Isles, America, Pacific, Australia), Eurasia (Europe and Russia) and Eastasia (the rest). It requires a continuous war between those three (who have similar ideologies) to maintain order and peace in society. If vis pacem, for bellum. That is what the first motto describes. The second slogan, freedom is slavery, means that the only way to be free is to allow yourself to lose yourself and integrate yourself into the party. In that way, you will be indestructible and immortal. Ignorance is force, it means that the division in the upper, middle and lower classes of society will never change. The medium wants to be the highest and will act "in the name of the low" to dethrone to the maximum. Then, a new middle class emerges, everything will change, except the low one. The high and the middle make and defend the law, the low (proletarian) is too stupid to rebel. The state maintains its structure through torture, intimidation, violence and brainwashing. Blimey, Orwell's Animal Farm is already depressing, but 1984 gives "depression" a new meaning, at least for me. ...Plus

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Category - Classics
- Literary
- Satire
Brand Signet Classic
ISBN 0451524934
MPN 13781121
EAN 9780451524935
AR level8.9
AR quiz number5976
AR quiz points17
AuthorGeorge Orwell
CharactersWinston Smith, Big Brother, O'Brien, Emmanuel Goldstein, Tom Parsons...more, Syme, Julia...less
Grade level12
Guided reading levelZ
ImprintSignet Classics
LanguageEnglish
Lexile level1090
Literary awards1984 )
Original titleNineteen Eighty-Four
Pages336
Publish DateMay 1990
PublisherPenguin Publishing Group
Reading LevelAges 18-UP
SubjectPolitical / legal thrillerModern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)Science fictionClassic fiction (pre c 1945)
Type of bookFiction
Year published1950