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Blackstone Audio presents a new recording of this dramatically popular book.

George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote.

Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.

The year 1984 has come and gone, yet George Orwell's nightmare vision of the world we were becoming in 1949 is still the great modern classic portrait of a negative Utopia.

©1949 Harcourt Brace and Company, renewed ©1977 Sonia Brownell Orwell; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

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1984

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Setting
984 is set in a world controlled entirely by three countries, each of which claim the other two are more evil than themselves. Winston’s country is perpetually at war, when one war ends the next war starts while the government sponsored propaganda states that there has never been a war, and they have always been at war. The earth is controlled by a select number of individuals, the only people on earth who truly know the scope of the government’s fascism, and brainwashing. The individuals who run the nations don’t want money or recognition, the sole thing they care about is control over other people. Their control is universally recognized in the totalitarianism of their controlled nations. Not a single area is free from the constant monitoring and reporting instigated by the few people in power.
Characters
Winston Smith’s character along with the character of a government agent who Smith gets enlisted into the resistance by both show the futility of fighting against a government that has progressed past the point of intervention. Winston is placed in the ideal place to fight against the totalitarian government, and he does fight as hard as he possibly can, but ultimately his attempts to bring down the extremist communism turn out to be impossible. When Winston manages to get himself into what he thinks is a resistance against the government’s control, the government agent Winston thinks is a double agent only further proves the impossibility of wrestling control back from a few in power in a society where the control was given to the powerful freely long ago.
Good Points
George Orwell doesn’t write about a character born a hero and destined to save the world, rather he writes about Winston Smith, a news revisor who happens to be in the wrong place at the right time. Orwell’s use of uncertainty in Winston Smith, and the improbability of Smith succeeding are what make this in my mind a very well written novel. Orwell manages to relate a dystopian future to our own time while the book was written several decades ago, and at the same time manages to uphold the sense that this future is still plausible considering we don’t act against a tyrannical government now. The entire novel acts as a very well written warning against a possible future.
Plot Summary
George Orwell’s novel 1984 follows the events of Winston Smith as he slowly realizes the extent of the extremist dystopian society he lives in. Over the course of the novel, Winston discovers the lies and subversive nature of his governmental rulers, and how little control over his life he has. At the beginning of the novel, Winston works for a government agency responsible for editing the media and entire history of the earth to better fit with the government’s agenda. After each day, Winston goes home to his small apartment where no matter where he sits he is always in full view of his televisions camera, which has no off switch. Winston had never broken any laws since such an idea had become inconceivable through the state sponsored grooming and conditioning until he obtained a blank journal from an illegal second-hand store and began regularly committing the most heinous crime against the state: thought crime. Winston’s new found freedom from the government’s control of even the most basic aspects of human thought lead him to fight increasingly adamantly against the unjust government rule, even going so far as to try and recruit a top government official.
Ending
The ending of 1984 is not what I wanted, but ultimately what was needed for Orwell’s novel. It acted as the final ending to a story that at first seemed like the beginning of a great adventure. Orwell ended this novel by instilling the importance of individuality, and how much we need to hold on to it, and also explained how easy our individuality can be taken from us. George Orwell goes into how love and altruism are the things to strive for most, but are unobtainable through fascism and complete and total third party control.
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