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    Masterpiece

    Probably the greatest book I will ever read.
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    good essay

    1984 is not a particularly good novel, but it is a very good essay. On the novel front, the characters are bland and you only care about them because of the awful things they live through. As a novel all the political exposition is heavyhanded, and the message completely overrides any sense of storytelling. As an essay, the points it makes can be earthshaking. It seems everyone who has so much as gotten a parking ticket thinks he lives in a 1984-dystopia. Every administration that reaches for power, injures civil liberties or collaborates too much with media is accused of playing Big Brother. These are the successes of 1984's paranoia, far outliving its original intent as a battery against where Communism was going (Orwell was a severely disappointed Marxist), and while people who compare their leaders to Big Brother are usually overreaching themselves and speak far away from Orwell's intent and vision, it is a useful catchcloth for dissent. Like so many immortalized books with a social vision, 1984's actual substance is so thin that its ideologies and fear-mongering aspects can be stretched and skewed to suit the readers. If you'd like a better sense of the real world and Orwell's intents, rather than third-hand interpretations of his fiction, then his Homage to Catalonia is highly recommended.
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    1984 is now

    Excellent book that everyone should read. I will not do an extensive review as those are everywhere already. This version is formatted very well, with the odd typo. This does not impact significantly.
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    1984

    I loved this book. It gives one pause to think what could happen if a government had control over every aspect of a person's life.
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    Very thought provoking

    This book never failed to give me food for thought. Now I'm left with the problem of seeing modern media without thinking about newspeak and Ingsoc.
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