Published in 1949, George Orwell's book 1984 serves as a sober vision of what society might become under totalitarian rule. Orwell himself stated that the book was not to be a prediction of what would happen when the calendar pages were torn away and eventually reached the year 1984; rather, the events in the book were meant as warning. Critics within this volume comment not only on how Orwell's vision applies to reality, but they write of the horror of his totalitarian world; the protagonist that is willing to fight it; and Orwell's concern with language, feeling, and memory. Book jacket.
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