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    Default George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four was published on this date in 1949

    Nineteen Eighty-Four is a dystopian novel by George Orwell published in 1949. The Oceanian province of Airstrip One is a world of perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance, and public mind control, dictated by a political system euphemistically named English Socialism (Ingsoc) under the control of a privileged Inner Party elite that persecutes all individualism and independent thinking as thoughtcrimes. Their tyranny is headed by Big Brother, the quasi-divine Party leader who enjoys an intense cult of personality, but who may not even exist. Big Brother and the Party justify their rule in the name of a supposed greater good. The protagonist of the novel, Winston Smith, is a member of the Outer Party who works for the Ministry of Truth (Minitrue), which is responsible for propaganda and historical revisionism. His job is to re-write past newspaper articles so that the historical record always supports the current party line. Smith is a diligent and skillful worker, but he secretly hates the Party and dreams of rebellion against Big Brother.

    As literary political fiction and dystopian science-fiction, Nineteen Eighty-Four is a classic novel in content, plot, and style. Many of its terms and concepts, such as Big Brother, doublethink, thoughtcrime, Newspeak, and memory hole, have entered everyday use since its publication in 1949. Moreover, Nineteen Eighty-Four popularised the adjective Orwellian, which describes official deception, secret surveillance, and manipulation of the past by a totalitarian or authoritarian state. In 2005 the novel was chosen by TIME magazine as one of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005. It was awarded a place on both lists of Modern Library 100 Best Novels, reaching number 13 on the editor's list, and 6 on the reader's list. In 2003, the novel was listed at number 8 on the BBC's survey The Big Read.


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    He was only about 29 years off I better get back to work now or the cameras will see me goofing off.
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    Excellent book. Along with "Animal Farm" it is one of THE most thought-provoking - and genuinely frightening - novels ever written.
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    I wonder what totalitarian behavior was compared to before 1984

    And still, we are getting closer....


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    http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_te...on_amazon.html


    Sales of one particular edition of George Orwell's dystopian classic are up some 5,000 percent on Amazon.com in the past 24 hours, according to the site's list of "movers and shakers." The figure was as high as 7,000 earlier today.

    It would be gratifying to think that millions of Americans are spontaneously flocking to the book to help them make sense of the recent revelations about the NSA's wide-ranging digital surveillance programs. No doubt a few are.

    But before you conclude that this sales spike represents some sort of national intellectual awakening, keep in mind that we're talking percentages here. This particular edition of the book might only sell a few copies in an average day, so a sudden appeal to a few thousand buyers could account for a drastic jump.

    And in fact, there is at least one concerted activist campaign asking people to buy the book and send it to their representatives in Washington. Other editions have seen more modest sales gains, on the order of 200 to 300 percent. None has yet cracked Amazon's top 50, which remains the rarefied realm of titles like Glenn Beck's The Eye of Moloch and Jorge Cruise's timeless The 100: Count ONLY Sugar Calories and Lose Up to 18 Lbs. in 2 Weeks.


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    excellent book. I haven't read it in years. I should pull it out again. I think I have two copies of it.

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    Never read the book but did he cover the part about a band named Van Halen having an album come out that year?
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