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Orwell, George
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Written in 1944, the novel, 1984, proved to be George Orwell’s chilling prophecy. Timelier than ever, Orwell’s dystopian vision of a government that will do anything to control the narrative forms the basis of one of the greatest novels of all time. 1984 earned its nomination as one of America’s most-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read. This book and audiobook offer uniqueness, and time and cost efficiency. Summaries and Expansions, filled with insight, and some added material most relevant to Orwell’s topics and themes, become yours to enjoy. Many of his most famous scenes and passages form a solid foundation for analysis. Protagonist Winston Smith, a character arising from Orwell’s experience as a journalist during World War II, laments: “The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.” Winston Smith toes the Party line, rewriting history to satisfy the demands of the Ministry of Truth—a job similar to the one Orwell had with the BBC. With each lie he pens, and each truth he buries, Winston grows to hate the Party that seeks power for its own sake and persecutes those who dare to commit thoughtcrimes against it. He starts to think for himself but can’t escape the fact that Big Brother is constantly watching and listening. Even thinking of writing a personal journal, or falling in love, is punishable by death. Winston writes a journal and falls in love. Game on. Winston challenges Big Brother’s Doublethink which crafted to brainwash the populous into submission. WAR IS PEACE FREEDOM IS SLAVERY IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH. A stunning and haunting work that blessed us as a unique literary masterpiece, 1984 creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing, and unforgettable, from beginning to end. There is no denial of the novel’s hold on the imagination of entire generations, or the influence of its warnings—a power that seems to gain strength, not lose it, with time. Orwell’s 1984 rose to the tops of best seller lists in late 2020 and 2021 because the world continues to evolve from the one which gave him his experiences and motives during the war, towards one which matches his gloomy predictions in a most uncanny fashion. Many of us become confronted by oppressive governments worldwide which seek censorship and Big Brother is now aided by new technologies and organizations like the FBI, CIA, ISI, KGB, CCP, the Mossad, and NSA. George Orwell (pseudonym for Eric Blair [1903-50]) was born in Bengal and educated at Eton; after service with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma, he returned to Europe to earn his living penning novels and essays. He was essentially a political writer who focused his attention on his own times, a man of intense feelings and intense hates. An opponent of totalitarianism, he served in the Loyalist forces in the Spanish Civil War. Besides his classic Animal Farm, his works include a novel based on his experiences as a colonial policeman, Burmese Days, two firsthand studies of poverty, Down and Out in Paris and London and The Road to Wigan Pier, an account of his experiences in the Spanish Civil War, Homage to Catalonia; and the extraordinary novel of political prophecy whose title became part of our language, 1984.

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