A Novel

Book - 1977
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Portrays life in a future time when a totalitarian government watches over all citizens and directs all activities.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Signet Classics : New American Library, c1977
ISBN: 9780451524935
Branch Call Number: PAPERBACK Classics Orw
Characteristics: 328 p. ; 17 cm
Alternative Title: Nineteen eighty-four


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Jan 05, 2019

I read this in high school and wanted to reread it. I also saw the movie when it came out in 1984. Reading it again made me realize that as a teenager I missed many of the dark undertones throughout the novel. I realized that Orwell wrote this book (in the 1930's, I believe) because he was afraid of the political climate of his time and envisioned a world where fascism has spread throughout the modern world. It is a disturbing novel, well written, but it will be many years before I pick it up again, if at all.

Dec 07, 2018

Welcome to Dumpy's America!

Oct 17, 2018

I imagine future readers will read this book and try to figure out why it is called dystopian. So much of what it exposes is already reality and accepted by the majority of the world as normal (double speak, government surveillance, constant bombardment by a media changing public opinion and a loss of the ability to protest in any realistic manner). 1984 was just a little early on the date is all.

arapahoekim Oct 09, 2018

1984 takes place in a dystopian future with a powerful government that seeks control. The story revolves around the hero Winston his love interest Julia and his mentor O'Brien.

HCL_featured Sep 19, 2018

"Challenged in the Jackson County, FL (1981) because Orwell's novel is "pro-communist and contained explicit sexual matter." from www.ala.org American Library Association

Aug 22, 2018

I am sure it blasphemy to not give this book a very high mark, because it is a classic. This a wonderful read for a high school student to read and have discussion about political/economic issues with a professor. (I'm wondering why I never had to read this in school...) . But as an adult who enjoys some reading in their spare time, I wish I would have picked something else.

Aug 14, 2018

A famous book that is very applicable today. It's not as beautifully written as a Thomas Hardy but the ideas is what it a classic.

Aug 06, 2018

O’Brien , joins the list of those characters i love (Okonkwo, Atticus+Scout, Rubashov, Macbeth,Othello, etc... each with something peculiarly unusual about / with them. He’s a character in his own, yet a true representation of Big Brother.

Jul 26, 2018

If the hard core right wing especially under Trump continue their takeover of America and it's institutions, 1984 will be a prophecy. It's chilling how alike the dictators of the 20th century are kith and kin to Trump and his cronies.

Jul 24, 2018

The book is really frightening. We do have some of this going on in our world, and it's showing the making of some mental health disorders, man made disorders, that's why it's frightening. The book reminds me of "Carrion Comfort", by Dan Simmons, and the Veronica Roth tales with the faction groups, although, George Orwell was first. I read them in reverse, the latest dates first.

View All Comments


Add a Quote
Jan 05, 2019

"He remembered how once he had been walking down a crowded street when a tremendous shout of hundreds of voices women's voices--had burst from a side-street a little way ahead. It was a great formidable cry of anger and despair, a deep, loud 'Oh-o-o-o-oh!' that went humming on like the reverberation of a bell. His heart had leapt. It's started! he had thought. A riot! The proles are breaking loose at last! When he had reached the spot it was to see a mob of two or three hundred women crowding round the stalls of a street market, with faces as tragic as though they had been the doomed passengers on a sinking ship. But at this moment the general despair broke down into a multitude of individual quarrels. It appeared that one of the stalls had been selling tin saucepans."

ArapahoeKatieK May 23, 2018

“Big Brother is Watching You.”

Feb 05, 2018

Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.

Feb 04, 2018

“Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.”

Feb 04, 2018

“In the face of pain there are no heroes.”

Feb 04, 2018

“Perhaps a lunatic was simply a minority of one.”

Feb 04, 2018

“Until they became conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.”

Feb 04, 2018

“But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.”

Feb 04, 2018

“We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness.”

Feb 04, 2018

“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—for ever.”

View All Quotes


Add Age Suitability
Feb 03, 2018

itsapurplegiraffe thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

Aug 03, 2016

Calsx thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

May 12, 2016

mohandess2 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

Jun 02, 2015

Danuvius thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

Jan 28, 2014

liya6 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

SweetTreatsz125 Jul 22, 2013

SweetTreatsz125 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

platypus101 Jul 11, 2013

platypus101 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

pratima1 Jun 18, 2013

pratima1 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

neutravlad May 02, 2013

neutravlad thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

Jul 24, 2012

richardhe thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

View All Ages


Add a Summary
platypus101 Jul 11, 2013

Orwell had a daunting task: creating a future nearly half a century away from the time period in which he was writing. This future had to be its own complex, independent society, but it also had to be the natural end result of the totalitarianism Orwell witnessed in the communist and socialist regimes of World War II. That's part of the horror of 1984: this future is a recognizable one, even in the 21st century. It's easy to see how those in control can, through manipulation and propaganda, maintain that control simply for the sake of sating their own power hunger. It's easy to say "no one could ever tell me what to think or what to do," but the Party's use of Big Brother, the Thought Police, the Two-Minute Hate, and Doublethink make it easy to see how a person's ability to think independently and discern fiction from reality can be eroded when there is no touchstone to fact. Revising and rewriting the past to make certain that Big Brother and the Party are always correct has effectively eliminated historical accuracy. How can one think and reason in a society where everything is a fabrication?

JennComishen Jul 17, 2012

Winston, a member of the straight forward, controlled society we now live in 1984, begins to question Big Brother, along with a collegue of his. The two of them get information and try to take down Big Brother themselves, however with the help of a betrayel Big Brother catches on to their plans. Using the dark methods of Double think and the haunting room 101, both Winston and his collegue are 'barinwashed' as the rest of society is, and taken over by Big Brother

Bayside Jul 02, 2012

Nineteen Eighty-four is about a Utopian society set in that year. In this society the government controls everything, including the past, the present, the future, privacy and language. Citizens are controlled by fear and brainwashing, and are always under direct supervision by telescreens, allowing little to no privacy. The novel revolves around a member of the society by the name of Winston. Winston is a relatively average member who, throughout the course of the novel, begins to secretly rebel against his government.


Add Notices
May 26, 2015

Sexual Content: Contains sex throughout. However, it is not particularly graphic. But it is throughout. There are some sex scenes, references, prostitutes (Man has a dream about going to a 60 year old prostitute: Disturbing) Sex talk throughout.

Jan 28, 2014

Violence: Contains violence

Explore Further


Subject Headings

SJCPL owns a similar edition of this title.

View originally-listed edition

Report edition-matching error

To Top