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{December 10, 2011}   Nineteen Eighty-Four

Title: Nineteen Eighty-Four

Author: George Orwell

MLA Citation: Orwell, George. Nineteen Eighty-Four. New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1949. Print.Nineteen Eighty-Four Bookcover

Awards/Honors: Waterstones Books of the Century (1997, No 2)
Time’s All-Time 100 Novels selection
Prometheus Award (Hall of Fame, 1984)
The Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels: The Board’s List (13)
The Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels: The Reader’s List (6)
Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century (9)
The Observer’s 100 Greatest Novels of All Time (59)
New York Times Bestseller (Fiction, 1949)
Larry McCaffery’s 20th Century Greatest Hits (30)
Anthony Burgess: 99 Novels (1949)
Guardian 1000 (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
The Telegraph’s 110 Best Books: The Perfect Library (2008)
Newsweek’s Top 100 Books: The Meta-List (2009, No. 2)
Locus 1987 Poll, All-Time Best SF Novel (34)
Locus 1975 Poll, All-Time Best Novel (41)
The 100 Most Influential Books Ever Written: The History of Thought from Ancient Times to Today (1949)
New York Public Library’s Books of the Century (09|Utopias & Dystopias)
Locus 1998 Poll, All-Time Best SF Novel Before 1990 (21)
Classical Christian Education Great Books (American and Modern)
David Pringle’s Best 100 Science Fiction Novels (1)
Horror: Another 100 Best Books (30)
Cyril Connolly’s 100 Key Books of the Modern Movement (1949)
The Telegraph’s 100 novels everyone should read (21)
501 Must-Read Books (Science Fiction)
Classics of Science Fiction (16)
The Essential Man’s Library: 100 Must-Read Books
Bloomsbury’s 100 Must-Read Science Fiction Novels
Le Monde’s 100 Books of the Century (22)

Annotation: Winston lives in a world where everything is controlled by Big Brother. His normal feelings of love and disagreement are crimes in Oceania, though, and he must choose between suppressing them or risking imprisonment and torture.

Booktalk: How would you feel if Big Brother watched your every move? Winston works for the Ministry of Truth, altering history to fit the needs of the Party. His natural feelings of love toward Julia can get him imprisoned. His disagreement with the altering of history can get him imprisoned. One flicker, one word to the wrong person can get him imprisoned. How would you feel if even a flickering thought could lead to your imprisonment and torture?

Straight from the Teens: Brittany (15) says I am always so amazed [when reading older books] how many things that they put into their futuristic world have either come true. I often wonder if scientists are inspired by the books.”

(Images Courtesy of GoodReads)

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