1984 Author:George Orwell 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 learn when they try to evade the Thought Police, and then join the underground opposition, they Party can smash the last impul... more »se of love, the last flicker of individuality.
But let the reader beware: 1984 is more than a satire of totalitarian barbarism. "It means us, too," says Erich From in his Afterward. 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 the 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