112 of 113 people found the following review helpful
A Message To Young Readers Who Have Been Assigned This Book,
Truth Seeker (La Canada, CA USA)
This review is from: 1984 (Hardcover)This is one of the first books I have read more than once. I first read "1984" in 1985 and now for the second time in 2018. The book has remained the same, but both the world and I have not. I cannot begin to convey how genuinely frightening this book is. I am a lover of popular science fiction and am astounded by Orwell's ability to be more compelling, entertaining and engrossing than authors with the benefit of light sabers, phasers and teleportation.
To every young person who has been assigned this book, know that you are reading a literary work of art. Many of you will understand and appreciate it, but if you love literature, please make a mental note to read this again when you are older. Youth brings with it eternal hope, boundless optimism and of course, hormones, so you will find yourself rebelling against the pessimism of the book itself - you will effectively be Winston raging against the machine, hoping, searching, questing for a way out. In short,... Read more
288 of 306 people found the following review helpful
Worried about 1984? Check out "It Can't Happen Here.",
Hannah Avarraschild (Burlington, VT United States)
This review is from: 1984 (Kindle Edition)
I read this in high school (I'm 72 now) and at that time it was a prediction of things to come. In some ways it's pretty close. It is interesting that people are reading it more now because of the current situation. I think that if they are alarmed by this book they should try "It Can't Happen Here."
Another worthwhile book is "A Nation of Sheep" by William J. Lederer
748 of 810 people found the following review helpful
A must read!!,
This review is from: Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) (Kindle Edition)
In the 1960's I first read this book. It has been a guiding reminder through these years of how fragile freedom and democracy can be and of how important it is to be vigilant and aware of trends that may destroy them! (2017)