Thursday, February 13, 2014

1984 by George Orwell

George Orwell's novel of a totalitarian future society in which a man whose daily work is rewriting history tries to rebel by falling in love.

The story of Winston Smith presents the world in the year 1984 after a global atomic war. The story is his perception of life in Airstrip One (the former United Kingdom), a province of Oceania, one of the world's three superstates. His intellectual rebellion against the Party and illicit romance with Julia, and his consequent imprisonment, interrogation, torture, and re-education by the Thinkpol.

 Printing History
Written by Eric Arthur Blair (1903–1950)

Secker and Wartburg (Harvill Secker)
June 1949

The Movie (1984)

John Hurt as Winston Smith
Richard Burton as O'Brien
Suzanna Hamilton as Julia
Cyril Cusack as Mr. Charrington
Gregor Fisher as Parsons
James Walker as Syme
Directed by
Michael Radford

By 1989 it had been translated into sixty-five languages, 
more than any other novel in English at the time.

The film is dedicated to Richard Burton's memory, this was his last acting role,
he died in Switzerland two months prior to the British premiere.


  1. Scott - That was a very powerful book and for the times even more so. Interestingly, my edition had a different cover to the ones you have here. It's gone through a number od editions I think.

  2. Thanks Margot. That was one of the books I read in High School and reread a few more times.