1984

1984

By George Orwell

  • Release Date : 1949-06-08
  • Genre : Classics
  • FIle Size : 15.06 MB
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1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) is a dystopian novel by George Orwell published in 1949. The novel is set in Airstrip One (formerly known as Great Britain), a province of the superstate Oceania in a world of perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance, and public mind control, dictated by a political system euphemistically named English Socialism (or, in the government's invented language, Newspeak, called Ingsoc) under the control of a privileged Inner Party elite that persecutes all individualism and independent thinking as "thoughtcrimes". The tyranny is epitomised by Big Brother, the quasi-divine Party leader who enjoys an intense cult of personality, but who may not even exist. Big Brother and the Party justify their oppressive rule in the name of a supposed greater good. The protagonist of the novel, Winston Smith, is a member of the Outer Party who works for the Ministry of Truth (or Minitrue), which is responsible for propaganda and historical revisionism. His job is to re-write past newspaper articles so that the historical record always supports the current party line. Smith is a diligent and skilful worker, but he secretly hates the Party and dreams of rebellion against Big Brother.

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    By Levi the spunk
    Despite being 'made for iBooks', there appears to be no option to increase text size or enable night mode (white text on black background). This makes it difficult to read at night and hurts the eyes. This is not a reflection on the classic, but rather a criticism of Apple. Seems to be no way to identify which books have these features (advertised as standard on Apple's website) within the iBook store. A disappointing experience Apple.

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