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A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick With extraordinary relevance and renewed popularity, George Orwell&;s 1984 takes on new life in this edition. &;Orwell saw, to his credit, that the act of falsifying reality is only secondarily a way of changing perceptions. It is, above all, a way of asserting power.&;&;The New Yorker   In 1984, London is a grim city in the totalitarian state of Oceania where Big Brother is always watching you and the Thought Police can practically read your mind. Winston Smith is a man in grave danger for the simple reason that his memory still functions. Drawn into a forbidden love affair, Winston finds the courage to join a secret revolutionary organization called The Brotherhood, dedicated to the destruction of the Party. Together with his beloved Julia, he hazards his life in a deadly match against the powers that be. Lionel Trilling said of Orwell&;s masterpiece, &;1984 is a profound, terrifying, and wholly fascinating book. It is a fantasy of the political future, and like any such fantasy, serves its author as a magnifying device for an examination of the present.&; Though the year 1984 now exists in the past, Orwell&;s novel remains an urgent call for the individual willing to speak truth to power.

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Houghton Mifflin


Sep 03, 2013





Age Level

General Adult