1984 Author:George Orwell A great modern classic of "Negative Utopia" - no a drama of what life might be...but a nightmare of what it is becoming. — The world of "1984" is one in which eternal warfare is the price of bleak prosperity, in which the Party keeps itself in power by complete control over man's actions and his thoughts. As the lovers Winston Smith and Julia le... more »arn when they try to evade the Thought Police, and then join the underground opposition, the Party can smash the last impulse of love, the last flicker of individuality.
But let the reader beware: "1984" is more than a sire of totalitarian barbarism. "It means us, too," says Erich Fromm in his Afterword. It is not merely a political novel but also a diagnosis of the deepest alienation in the mind of Organization Man.
George Orwell writes with a swift clean style that has come down from Defoe. Like Defoe, he creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing - from the first sentence to the last four words...words which might stand as the epitaph of the twentieth century.« less