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In this Readers' Guide, Daniel Lea takes a decisive path through the maze of interpretations that has accumulated around Orwell's best-known novels, examining critical reactions from the beginning of the Cold War through to the collapse of Communist Eastern Europe, and at the same time placing Orwell within a long tradition of dystopian writings. In exploring the artistic, In this Readers' Guide, Daniel Lea takes a decisive path through the maze of interpretations that has accumulated around Orwell's best-known novels, examining critical reactions from the beginning of the Cold War through to the collapse of Communist Eastern Europe, and at the same time placing Orwell within a long tradition of dystopian writings. In exploring the artistic, cultural and social contexts of Orwell's work, it is an essential resource for students and general readers alike.


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In this Readers' Guide, Daniel Lea takes a decisive path through the maze of interpretations that has accumulated around Orwell's best-known novels, examining critical reactions from the beginning of the Cold War through to the collapse of Communist Eastern Europe, and at the same time placing Orwell within a long tradition of dystopian writings. In exploring the artistic, In this Readers' Guide, Daniel Lea takes a decisive path through the maze of interpretations that has accumulated around Orwell's best-known novels, examining critical reactions from the beginning of the Cold War through to the collapse of Communist Eastern Europe, and at the same time placing Orwell within a long tradition of dystopian writings. In exploring the artistic, cultural and social contexts of Orwell's work, it is an essential resource for students and general readers alike.

38 review for George Orwell: Animal Farm-Nineteen Eighty-Four

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jenna

    self explanatory classic. my husband and i read this together (me for the 2nd time because i read it in high school) and it still gets paralleled into today's situations and the issue of socialism etc. i love this author.

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    Realini

    Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell and adapted for the BBC A different version of this note and thoughts on other books are available at: - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list... and http://realini.blogspot.ro/ This is not just one of the best novels ever written, some critics have placed it right at the top, number one: - http://entertainment.time.com/2005/10... - http://www.friendswood.lib.tx.us/book... - http://www.modernlibrary.com/top-100/... as I had the misfortune to live in a regime with a Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell and adapted for the BBC A different version of this note and thoughts on other books are available at: - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list... and http://realini.blogspot.ro/ This is not just one of the best novels ever written, some critics have placed it right at the top, number one: - http://entertainment.time.com/2005/10... - http://www.friendswood.lib.tx.us/book... - http://www.modernlibrary.com/top-100/... as I had the misfortune to live in a regime with a Big Brother, where the “Thought Police „was spying on people, this work brings back awful memories. A few days ago I have listened to an adaptation for the same BBC of the author’s account of the Civil War in Spain: - Homage to Catalonia After an initial infatuation with the leftist, communist doctrine, George Orwell has managed to understand what communism really means. It is true, Nineteen Eighty Four represents not just the excess and tyranny of the left wing, but also the right or any other form of totalitarianism. Great Britain has become Airstrip One, part of the bigger Oceania involved in wars that keep changing opponents in history books - “He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.” This work is not just a masterpiece that is so acclaimed, but it is iconic and its language has entered the common dictionary with words like: - Big Brother, thought police, ministry of truth, thought crime, Orwellian society, newspeak, doublethink and so much more The hero is Winston Smith and he is a member of the “outer party not the inner party”, the latter being a sort of fictional nomenclature. One is reminded on Animal Farm, the other great Orwellian work on tyrannies and the behavior of party elites: - “All animal are equal, but some animals are more equal than others” Winston falls in love with Julia, who is a member of the anti-sex league- sex is forbidden unless it produces children. Their relationship is anathema for the party and they have to avoid the listening devices that are everywhere. They engage in further subversive and outright dissident activities and they are discovered by the though police. The result is that they are not only destined to die, but they will be tortured and brain washed until they say - “two plus two equals five” Alas, present day societies have so many elements from this Oceania, from North Korea to china and including places like Venezuela. Furthermore, even America is disappointing and worrying this reader with the election of a man with a sick liking for Big Brothers like Putin. Yesterday he seems to have added to this pathological affinity for lunatics, saying about the lunatic leading North Korea that is a “pretty smart cookie”. And he did not even have to go through “room 101” to vent these stupid ideas that are a result of the propaganda machine in 1984. Winston and Julia are tortured, in the first phases with horrible methods like electricity and broken limbs. But then the stakes are higher and each dissident is given the “treatment” he or she is most scared of. In the case of Winston this means rats. They are placed into a system like a cage that is brought next to his body, so that the little he animals he loathes can smell him. He is then told that the animals will start eating up inside him until they reach all the organs and he will become a living mess.

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