Alternate Cover Edition Of ASIN BJTHWKUFor Previous Cover Edition See HereAmong The Seminal Texts Of The Th Century, Nineteen Eighty Four Is A Rare Work That Grows Haunting As Its Futuristic Purgatory Becomes Real Published In , The Book Offers Political Satirist George Orwell S Nightmarish Vision Of A Totalitarian, Bureaucratic World And One Poor Stiff S Attempt To Find Individuality The Brilliance Of The Novel Is Orwell S Prescience Of Modern Life The Ubiquity Of Television, The Distortion Of The Language And His Ability To Construct Such A Thorough Version Of Hell Required Reading For Students Since It Was Published, It Ranks Among The Most Terrifying Novels Ever Written This was an up and down kind of read for me There were parts that I really enjoyed and parts that I found extremely difficult to maneuver through I m glad that I decided to pick it up and give it a go, because it s one that I ve been curious about for a long time I can definitely see why so many people love this book It explores a lot of things that we see happening in the world today I can t say I m leaving it as a massive fan, but I m sure it s one that I ll continue to think about. This book is far from perfect Its characters lack depth, its rhetoric is sometimes didactic, its plot well, half of it anyway was lifted from Zumyatin s We, and the lengthy Goldstein treatise shoved into the middle is a flaw which 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 got it right.Orwell, a socialist who fought against Franco, watched appalled as the great Soviet experiment was reduced to a totalitarian state, a repressive force equal in evil to Fascist Italy or Nazi Germany He came to realize that ideology in an authoritarian state is nothing but a distraction, a shiny thing made for the public to stare at He came to realize that the point of control wascontrol, the point of torture wastorture, that the point of all their alternative facts was to fashion a world where people would no longer possess even a word for truth If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face forever. Orwell s vision of the world is grim too grim, some would argue, for it may deprive the faint hearted among us of hope But Orwell never wanted to take away hope No, he wished to shock our hearts into resistance by showing us the authoritarian nightmare achieved a monument of stasis, a tribute to surveillance and control.Here, in the USA, in 2017, our would be totalitarians are a long way from stasis Right now they re stirring up chaos and confusion, spreading lies and then denying they spread them, hoping to gaslight us into a muddle of helplessness and inactivity They are trying to destroy a vigorous democracy, and they know it will take much chaos and confusion to bring that democracy down They hate us most when we march together, when we occupy senate offices and jam the congressional switchboard, when we congregate in pubs and coffee houses and share our outrage and fear, for they know that freedom thrives on solidarity and resistance, and that solidarity and resistance engender love and hope They much prefer it when we brood in solitude, despairing and alone.Which reminds meone of the things we should never do is brood about the enemy s ideology Is Steve Bannon a Fascist A Nazi A Stalinist, for while we try to discern his ideological goals, the enemy is busy pulling on his boots, and his boots are made with hobnails, with heel irons, and equipped with toecaps of steel.Finally, it does not matter who heads up the authoritarian state a bully boy like Mussolini, a strutting coprophiliac like Hitler, a Napoleonic pig like Stalin, or a brainless dancing bear like Trump Whatever the current incarnation of Big Brother may be, the goal is always the same A nation of warriors and fanatics, marching forward in perfect unity, all thinking the same thoughts and shouting the same slogans, perpetually working, fighting, triumphing, persecuting three hundred million people all with the same face. WAR IS PEACE.FREEDOM IS SLAVERY.IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.Those words keep sounding in my head since I read this book Gosh, probably the most haunting not to mention frightening book I ve ever read 1984 should also be included in the horror genre.1984 describes a Utopia Not Thomas More s version of Utopia, but this is one is the antithesis, i.e Dystopia Imagine living in a country, whose leaders apply a totalitarian system in regulating their citizen, in the most extreme ways, which make Hitler, Mao, Stalin and that old bloke in V for Vendetta look like sissies.Working, eating, drinking, sleeping, talking, thinking, procreatingin short living, all are controlled by the state Any hint of obedience or dislike can be detected by various state apparatus such as the Thought Police, telescreen, or even your children, who will not hesitate to betray you to the authorities Even language is modified in such ways that you cannot express yourself, since individualism is a crime.The past is controlled, rewritten into something that will strengthen the incumbent ruler 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, originated from the ashes from World War II Oceania British Isles, the Americas, Pacific, Australia , Eurasia Europe Russia , and Eastasia the rest of it Continuous warfare between those three who hold similar ideologies is required to keep the society s order and peace Si vis pacem para bellum That s describes the first slogan.The second slogan, freedom is slavery, means the only way to be free is by letting you lose yourself and to be integrated within the Party That way, you ll be indestructible and immortal.Ignorance is strength, means the division on high, middle, low classes in society will never be changed The middle wants to be the high and they ll act on behalf of the low to dethrone the high Afterwards, a new middle class arises, all will change except the low The high and middle make and uphold the law, the low proletarian is just too stupid to revolt The state maintains its structure by torture, intimidation, violence, and brainwashing.Blimey, Orwell s Animal Farm is already depressing, but 1984 gives depression a new meaning, at least for me. In George Orwell s 1984, Winston Smith is an open source developer who writes his code offline because his ISP has installed packet sniffers that are regulated by the government under the Patriot Act It s really for his own protection, though From, like, terrorists and DVD pirates and stuff Like every good American, he drinks Coca Cola and his processed food has desensitized his palate to all but four flavors sweet, salty so that you will drinkcoca cola, sweet, and Cooler Ranch tm His benevolent overlords have provided him with some war happening somewhere for some reason so that he, and the rest of the population, can be sure that the government is really in his best interests In fact, the news always has some story about Paris Hilton or yet another white girl who has been abducted by some evil bastard who is biologically wired by 200,000 years of human evolution to fuck 12 year olds, but is socially conditioned to be obsessed with sex, yet also to feel guilty about it This culminates into a distorted view of sexuality, and results in rape and murder, which both make for very good news topics This, too, is in Winston s best interests because, while fear is healthy, thinking too much about his own mortality is strictly taboo, as it may lead to something dangerously insightful, and he might lose his taste for Coca Cola and breast implants The television also plays on his fears of the unknown by exaggerating stereotypes of minorities and homosexuals, under the guise of celebrating diversity , but even these images of being ghetto fabulous and a lisping interior designer actually exist solely to promote racism and homophobia, which also prove to be efficient distractions.For some reason, Winston gets tired of eating recycled Pop Tarts and eating happy pills and pretending to be interested in sports and manufactured news items But, in the end, they fix him and he s happy again Or something.