Nineteen Eighty-Four

Nineteen Eighty-Four

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Nineteen Eighty Four, by George Orwell - Akasha Classics, AkashaPublishing.Com - It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. Winston Smith, his chin nuzzled into his breast in an effort to escape the vile wind, slipped quickly through the glass doors of Victory Mansions, though not quickly enough to prevent a swirl of gritty dust from entering along with him. The hallway smelt of boiled cabbage and old rag mats. At one end of it a coloured poster, too large for indoor display, had been tacked to the wall. It depicted imply an enormous face, more than a metre wide: the face of a man of about forty-five, with a heavy black moustache and ruggedly handsome features. Winston made for the stairs. It was no use trying the lift. Even at the best of times it was seldom working, and at present the electric current was cut off during daylight hours. It was part of the economy drive in preparation for Hate Week. The flat was seven flights up, and Winston, who was thirty-nine and had a varicose ulcer above his right ankle, went slowly, resting several times on the way. On each landing, opposite the lift-shaft, the poster with the enormous face gazed from the wall. It was one of those pictures which are so contrived that the eyes follow you about when you move. BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU, the caption beneath it ran.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 23mm | 292g
  • Penguin Classics
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New ed
  • 014118776X
  • 9780141187761
  • 2,593

About George Orwell

Orwell, George
Eric Arthur Blair (1903-1950), better known by his pen-name, George Orwell, was born in India, where his father worked for the Civil Service. An author and journalist, Orwell was one of the most prominent and influential figures in twentieth-century literature. His unique political allegory Animal Farm was published in 1945, and it was this novel, together with the dystopia of Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), which brought him world-wide fame. His novels and non-fiction include Burmese Days, Down and Out in Paris and London, The Road to Wigan Pier and Homage to Catalonia.
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Widely regarded as one of the most influential books of all time, George Orwell's haunting science-fiction thriller Nineteen Eighty-Four will have you gripped up to the final page. From the start you are plunged into the tormented life of working-man Winston Smith, following his path of love, rebellion and betrayal. Orwell unravels the story bit-by-bit, following Smith's first-person narrative and giving the reader his own anxious captivation. Living under constant surveillance by Big Brother, one must wait - almost agonisingly - until the right moment arrives to unearth the next piece of the mystery. Every character is shrouded in uncertainty, every action builds the tension, and you will often find yourself reading the next chapter before you've finished the last. George Orwell's heavily political subtext will not appeal to all readers. It does require some understanding of political movements to understand the intentions of the all-seeing Party. Nevertheless, this is not essential to understand the situation Smith is in, and the feelings he has. Nineteen Eighty-Four is truly a revolutionary piece of literature, and its impact is clear to see from the neologisms which sprouted from it, such as Orwellian, Room 101, thought-crime, and of course: Big more
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