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Among the seminal texts of the 20th century, Nineteen Eighty-Four is a rare work that grows more haunting as its futuristic purgatory becomes more real. Published in 1949, the book offers political satirist George Orwell's nightmarish vision of a totalitarian, bureaucratic world and one poor stiff's...

Among the seminal texts of the 20th century, Nineteen Eighty-Four is a rare work that grows more haunting as its futuristic purgatory becomes more real. Published in 1949, the book offers political satirist George Orwell's nightmarish vision of a totalitarian, bureaucratic world and one poor stiff's attempt to find individuality. The brilliance of the novel is Orwell's prescience of modern life—the ubiquity of television, the distortion of the language—and his ability to construct such a thorough version of hell. Required reading for students since it was published, it ranks among the most terrifying novels ever written.

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Number of Pages: 298


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Y'all really should read 1984

If the sex scenes in 1984 or The Color Purple were filmed, they would also result in an R-rating. I still think high school students should be able to read 1984 and The Color Purple in class and check out those books from the library. They're important books.

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George Orwell's most well-known work is also the inspiration behind Apple's groundbreaking ad in 1984, proclaiming the end of the mindless following and the great beginning of technology-induced creativity.

Recommended under What is the best book you read this year? (asked by Dan Held)

Ok, not a book of this year but read it this year and so current!