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am 8. Mai 2000
This is the second time I've been forced to read this book for aclass, and I have to ask, "What's the point?" Maybe if you live in a country that's a monarchy, this book's worth reading, but this is *America*, ok? The whole reason we live in a democracy is so that we the people don't have to worry about things like this. "Brave New World" played up the science fiction aspect of it's "futuristic" setting ,and I thought that book worked much better. Orwell's lecturing on politics was ok one time around ("Animal Farm"), but this book gets so bogged down in a million issues that just don't matter ("double-speak?" Who cares how people choose to talk-- we should be able to talk to each other however we want) and gets lost. If you want to read Orwell when he actual has something to say, try "The Road to Wigan Pier," which acutally is enlightening, not this preachy homily of something that never happened. It's 2000. 1984 was a bad movie with Michael J. Fox.
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am 29. Juli 2015
Ist überhaupt nicht mein Gendre - ist mir zu blöd, dies weiter als die ersten 50 Seiten zu lesen, gefällt mir ünerhaupt nicht
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am 26. September 2001
When one reads this book one can't help but shudder at the pssibility of actually someday ending up in a world like that. It seemed very much possible. Orwell has created a masterpeice that lets us sit down and think about the situation the world was, is and will be.
So the Theme deserves 5 Stars, 6 if possible :), but the way it was written was a little boring. Ok, maybe I'm someone who needs a little action. The diologues could have been cut down a little, but then, it was necessaary to give the reader an impression of the conflict the narrator is in.
So, overall READ IT, but don't enjoy it, it is just too scary
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am 14. Juli 2004
ich muss sagen, dass ich von diesem buch absolut begeistert bin. die stroy ist einfach unglaublich und reg dazu an über unsere gesellschaft und die probleme in ihr näher nachzudenken. ich empfehle allerdings das buch auf englisch zu lesen, da durch die sprache vielerlei details besser dargestellt werden und auf einen beseren lesefluß ermöglichen.
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am 26. Juni 2000
OK, maybe Mr. Orwell intended it to be this way, but it still doesn't hide the fact that this book moves incredibly slow compared to the author's other works. I read this book because I remember thoroughly enjoying and understanding Animal Farm years ago, and this work was recommended by several of my friends. If you want an unrealistic view of a future that is totally morbid and depressing, check this out. Yes, this is science fiction, and just because some people call it a classic doesn't mean I like it. If you want some of the best in this genre, I recommend 'Dune', by Frank Herbert, '2001: A Space Odyssey', by Arthur C. Clarke, or 'Enders Game', by Orson Scott Card.
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am 30. Mai 2007
In his book '1984' George Orwell shows very detailed that out society his heading to a system of total observation of it's citizens. This is done by precise descriptions of the world the protagonist Winston is living in while trying to rebel against it.

This novel gives a warning about what could happen if we would use all possibilities given to us by the latest cognitions about the structure and function of human mind and by modern security- and observation systems.

Thus the book will be always topical and worth reading though there are some boring parts in it, like the book in the book.
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am 10. Juli 2015
das buch heisst nineteen eighty-four und es handelt nicht von irgendwelchen kobolden! wahrscheinlich hat amazon die rezessionen unter dem falschen buch gespeichert bzw angezeigt
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am 4. April 1999
Orwell is not my favorite author, obviously. 1984 may have been the crux of his career, but for me it is the worst book ever. It is most obviously an attempt at satire of communism. The thing here is, does the author or any of his readers know what communism is?
There are so many parallels between 1984 and Animal Farm, his other acclaimed book. Big Brother is Napoleon, of course. (parody of Stalin) Snowball is Goldstein (parody of Trotsky). The windmill is the Flying Fortress, what keeps being rebuilt over and over. There is little original about this novel.
How do the numerous sexually abundant scenes in this book help its role as a satire? All that happens is Winston has sex with Julia. There is a constant war with a country, and the hint is that Oceania is THE only country in the world. Does this hint that communism creates a warlike society?
Communism in its true form is a state no government has yet achieved. It occurs when the level fo technology becomes so great that machines do all the dirty work (i.e. growing crops, making clothes) and humanity can devote itself to higher, sophisticated pursuits, like drama or science. It is originally a state of peace, not war. There is no money in a society. There is no government, because everyone can do what they want to do. So bleak compared to Orwell's paranoia. Communism is too often regarded as the "bad thing." Nobody really understands it. Did Orwell? The fact that he was once a member of the Communist Party makes no difference. As Richard Wright pointed out, Americans in that party hardly understood it either.
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am 12. Juli 1999
"1984" is hailed as the greatest novel of all time. I disagree. Had this been written at a different time, it would have been hailed differently. The fact remains, however, that this was the Cold War and everyone hated Communism. Thus anything that was against it, no matter how false or trivial, was inflated beyond belief. This wasn't limited to 1984; it was present in the case of Solzhenitsyn. Solzhenitsyn wrote a well-written anti-Soviet novel, therefore Solzhenitsyn was hailed as a hero of democracy, even though his subsequent books were mediocre. I do not believe that 1984 is a travesty because it lacks action. I believe that this book is a travesty because it is false.
People say that this novel had an exquisitely crafted plot which readers such as myself are too daft to comprehend. They may be right. However, Orwell did not craft this exquisite plot. It was gleaned from Zamyatin's _We_, for starters. Secondly, this was the topic of the day. _Everyone_ was writing about how bad and evil communism was. _Everyone_ was taking pain to diffuse the utopian philosophies of the previous century. The societies of 1984 and Brave New World are very similar. 1984 and Animal Farm are the same book with the names changed. As I stated originally, the characters of the two novels are identical. Napoleon is Big Brother, or perhaps O'Brien, Boxer is Winston, Snowball is Goldstein, Squealer is Mr. Charrington, etc. Orwell plagiarized himself, Zamyatin, and countless other authors who wrote about the exact same thing.
Orwell was not meaning to denegrate the theory of communism, becuase he was not familiar with the theory of communism. He was meaning to denegrate Russia and socialism and show them exactly the way the West portrayed them. It makes no difference that he was at some point a member of the Communist Party. If you read Richard Wright's _Black Boy_, you will see several Americans who were in the American Communist Party, yet didn't know the ideals they claimed to represent. They were in it for the fun. Ditto George Orwell.
People say that Orwell had to understand a theory that was developed in his own country. I say: pfft. Firstly, many middle-class Americans today believe that excerpts from the Declaration of Independence are Communist propaganda meant to subvert American minds in the Cold War. (You know, the parts that say "all men are created equal"?) Secondly, communism was not developed in England and Karl Marx did not have sole rights to it. The ideas behind it were conceived in the epoch of Enlightenment by French philosophers.
I do not say Orwell is retaliating against anything. That implies he had something against it. I believe he was simply playing upon the mood of the day to please the public. Say what they want to hear and add some sex in there to make it interesting and it will sell. People view him as God's prophet; I view him as a boring, unoriginal one-hit wonder who wanted to make a buck rehashing much-talked-of, much-written-of themes.
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am 7. Oktober 1998
I say the book is unrealistic, but that's not what I mean. It's not that his characters couldn't exist. It's more a problem of verisimilitude -- that is, he states the problem, and THEN HE DEVIATES FROM IT! The populace in 1984 -- they're supposed to be much like his "modern people" of '48. But it's just too darn blatant to make it seem real. And why is good ol' "common man" Winston disbelieving? It's thoroughly improbable. I realize he was talking about communism, but communism was a great deal subtler than that. It's nowhere near the realistic depictions of the future by science-fiction writers, but because the science-fiction writers weren't respected, and Orwell was a Prominent Social Critic, look what we're stuck with -- the paranoid fevered dream of a madman masquerading as a prophet.
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