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1984 - Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell - AudioBook CD Unabridged

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1984 - Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell - AudioBook CD Unabridged

1984

by George Orwell

read by Richard Brown

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1984 - Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell - Audio Book CD

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Ministry of Truth bureaucrat Winston Smith is the protagonist; although unitary, the story is three-fold. The initial describes the globe of 1984 as he perceives it; the 2nd is his illicit romance with Julia and his intellectual rebellion from the Party; the 3rd is his capture and imprisonment, interrogation, torture, and re-education in the Ministry of Love. The plotline is consequently almost identical to that of the 1921 Russian novel titled We, which happens in a globe synonymous to that of Nineteen Eighty-Four. The intellectual Winston Smith is a member of the Outer Party, lives in the ruins of London (the "chief city of Airstrip One", a province of Oceania), who grew up in the post-World War II United Kingdom, during the revolution and the civil war. As his parents disappeared in the civil war, the English Socialism Movement ("Ingsoc" in Newspeak) place him in an orphanage for training and work in the Outer Party. His squalid existence consists of living in a one-room apartment, eating a subsistence diet of black bread and synthetic food washed down with Victory-brand gin. He is discontented, and keeps an ill-advised log of dissenting, bad thoughts and opinions about the Party. If the diary or Winston's errant behavior were to be noticed, it would cause his torture and performance at the hands of the Thought Police. But, he is blessed with having a tiny alcove beside his telescreen where he cannot be enjoyed, where he may keep his own private tips.

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In his log he explains thoughtcrime: Thoughtcrime refuses to involve death. Thoughtcrime IS death. The Thought Police have two-way telescreens (in the living quarters of every Party member and in every public area), hidden microphones, and anonymous informers to spy possible thought-criminals who would endanger The Party. Children are indoctrinated to informing; to spy and report suspected thought-criminals — incredibly their parents. Winston Smith is a bureaucrat in the Records Department of the Ministry of Truth, revising historic records to match The Party's contemporaneous, official variation of the past. The revisionism is needed thus that the past reflects the shifts of the day in the Party's orthodoxy. Smith's job is perpetual; he re-writes the official record, re-touches official photographs, deleting individuals officially rendered as unpersons. The authentic or elder document is dropped into a "memory hole" chute leading to an incinerator. Although he loves his function, incredibly the intellectual challenge of revising a complete famous record, he equally is fascinated by the true past, and eagerly attempts to discover much more about that forbidden truth. One day in the workplace, a female surreptitiously hands him a note. She is "Julia," a dark-haired mechanic who repairs the Ministry of Truth's novel-writing machines. Before that day, he had felt deep loathing for her, based on his assumptions that she was a brainwashed, fanatically dedicated member of the Party; very annoying to him is her red sash of renouncement of and scorn for intimate sex. His preconceptions disappear on reading a handwritten note she offers him, which states "I love you." After that, they start a clandestine romantic relationship, initial meeting in the countryside and at a destroyed belfry, then frequently in a rented space atop an antiques store in the city's proletarian neighborhood. The store owner chats with Smith, discussing details about the pre-revolutionary past, sells him period artifacts, and rents him the space to satisfy Julia. The fans believe their hiding area paradisaical (the store keeper having told them it has no telescreen) and think themselves alone and secure.

As their romance deepens, Winston's views change, and he issues Ingsoc. Unknown to him, the Thought Police have been spying on him and Julia. Later, when approached by Inner Party member O'Brien, Winston believes that he has come into contact with all the Brotherhood that are opponents of the Party. O'Brien offers him a copy of "the book", The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism, a searing criticism of Ingsoc mentioned to be created by the dissident Emmanuel Goldstein, the leader of the Brotherhood. This book explains the perpetual war and exposes the truth behind the Party's slogan, "War is Peace; Freedom is Slavery; Ignorance is Strength." The Thought Police later capture Winston and Julia in their sanctuary bedroom plus they are individually interrogated at the Ministry of Love, where the regime's opponents are tortured and killed, but occasionally introduced (to be executed at a later date). Charrington, the store keeper who rented them the space reveals himself an officer of the Thought Police. After a long regimen of systematic beatings by prison guards and psychologically draining interrogations by Party loyalists, Winston is subjected to electroshock torture by O'Brien, who informs Winston it might "cure" him of his "insanity", which O'Brien claims undeniably manifests itself in the shape of Winston's hatred for the Party. During a extended and complex dialogue, O'Brien reveals, in what exactly is the most crucial line in the book, that the motivation of the Inner Party is to not achieve a future paradise but to retain force, that has become an end in itself. He outlines a terrifying vision of how they may change society and folks in purchase to achieve this, including the abolition of the family, the orgasm, and the sex instinct, with all the ultimate objective of eliminating anything that might come between one's love of Big Brother and Ingsoc. It is a society that grows more, not less merciless as it refines itself, along with a society without art, literature, or research, thus that there are no distractions from their devotion to the Party, or any unorthodox thought, that is furthermore meant to be accomplished through the eventual eradication of Modern English, or "Oldspeak". During a session, O'Brien explains that the purpose of the ordeal at the Ministry of Love is to alter Winston's method of thinking, to not extract a confession, and that when Winston unquestioningly accepts fact as the Party describes it, he is executed.

One evening, because Winston lies dreaming in his mobile, he suddenly wakes, yelling: "Julia! Julia! Julia, my love! Julia!", whereupon O'Brien rushes in and doesn't question him, and then sends him to Room 101, the many feared space in the Ministry of Love. Here a person's largest worry is forced upon him or her for the final re-education step: acceptance. Winston, who has a primal worry of rats, is shown a cable cage filled with starving rats and told that it is fitted over his head like a mask, thus that when the cage door is opened, the rats can bore into his face until it's stripped to the bone. Just as the cage brushes his cheek, he shouts frantically: "Do it to Julia!" The torture ends and Winston is returned to society, brainwashed to accept Party doctrine. During the brainwashing, it is very noted that O'Brien somehow was constantly aware of what Smith was thinking and in a method was reading his notice. It is interpreted as either the Thought Police had devised a system of reading people's thoughts or O'Brien understood Smith completely and was capable to predict his chain of thought well. After his launch, Winston encounters Julia in the park. With distaste, they remember the unauthorized and unorthodox ("ungood" in Newspeak) feelings they when shared for each different and acknowledge having betrayed each additional. These are generally apathetic about their reunion and each other's experiences. Winston, happily reconciled to his impending performance, and accepting the Party's depiction of existence, celebrates the false truth of the news bulletin reporting Oceania's recent, decisive victory over Eurasia. It is at this time that he sincerely likes Big Brother for the first time--a metaphorical bullet entering his mind. Thus the book ends on a bitter note, with Winston Smith's internal transformation finally complete. Not solved is whether Winston is ever really executed, or whether his mental capitulation is considered enough.

About the Author George Orwell


george orwell was a British journalist and writer, who wrote 2 of the many well-known novels of the 20th century 'Animal Farm' and 'Nineteen Eighty-Four'. george orwell was born Eric Arthur Blair on 25 June 1903 in eastern India, the son of the British colonial civil servant. He was educated in England and, after he left Eton, joined the Indian Imperial Police in Burma, then a British colony. He resigned in 1927 and decided to become a author. In 1928 he moved to Paris where deficiency of success as a author forced him into a series of menial jobs. He described his experiences in his initial book, 'Down and Out in Paris and London', published in 1933 - he took the name George Orwell, soon before its publication. This was followed by his initial novel 'Burmese Days' in 1934. An anarchist in the late 1920s, in the 1930s he started to consider himself a socialist. In 1936 he was commissioned to write an account of poverty among unemployed miners in northern England, which resulted in 'The Road to Wigan Pier' (1937). Late in 1936, george orwell travelled to Spain to fight for the Republicans against Franco's Nationalists. He was forced to flee in worry of his lifetime from Soviet-backed communists who were suppressing revolutionary socialist dissenters. The experience turned him into a lifelong anti-Stalinist.

On the outbreak of World War II, george orwell's spouse Eileen began function in the Censorship Department in London, staying during the week with her family in Greenwich. george orwell equally submitted his name to the Central Register for war effort but nothing transpired. He returned to Wallington, and in the autumn of 1939 he wrote essays for Inside the Whale. For the upcoming year he was occupied composing critiques for plays, movies and books for The Listener, Time and Tide and New Adelphi. At the beginning of 1940, the initially edition of Connolly's Horizon appeared, and this provided a unique outlet for george orwell's function plus hot literary contacts. In May the george orwells took rent of the flat in London at Dorset Chambers, Chagford Street, Marylebone. It was the time of the Dunkirk evacuation and the death in France of Eileen's brother Lawrence caused her considerable grief and extended expression depression. Between 1941 and 1943, george orwell worked on propaganda for the BBC. In 1943, he became literary editor of the Tribune, a weekly left-wing magazine. By today he was a prolific journalist, composing articles, reports and books. In 1945, george orwell's 'Animal Farm' was published. A political fable set in a farmyard but based on Stalin's betrayal of the Russian Revolution, it prepared george orwell's name and ensured he was financially comfortable for the very first time in his lifetime. 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' was published 4 years later. Set in an imaginary totalitarian future, the book created a deep impression, with its title and numerous words - including 'Big Brother is viewing you', 'newspeak' and 'doublethink' - entering prevalent utilize. But, george orwell's wellness was deteriorating and he died of tuberculosis on 21 January 1950.

During nearly all of his profession, george orwell was ideal recognized for his journalism, in essays, reports, columns in magazines and publications and in his books of reportage: Down and Out in Paris and London (describing a period of poverty in these cities), The Road to Wigan Pier (describing the living conditions of the bad in northern England, and the class split generally) and Homage to Catalonia. According to Irving Howe, george orwell was "the right English essayist since Hazlitt, maybe since Dr Johnson." Modern visitors are more usually introduced to george orwell as a novelist, especially through his enormously lucrative titles Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four. The previous is usually thought to reflect developments in the Soviet Union after the Russian Revolution; the latter, existence under totalitarian direction. Nineteen Eighty-Four is frequently compared to Brave New World by Aldous Huxley; both are effective dystopian novels caution of the future planet where the state exerts complete control. Coming Up for Air, his last novel before World War II is the many English of his novels; alarums of war mingle with images of idyllic Thames-side Edwardian childhood of protagonist George Bowling. The novel is pessimistic; industrialism and capitalism have killed the number one of Old England, and there were good, fresh outside threats. In homely terms, Bowling posits the totalitarian hypotheses of Borkenau, george orwell, Silone and Koestler: "Old Hitler's anything different. So's Joe Stalin. They aren't like these chaps in the older days who crucified persons and chopped their heads off so forth, really for the fun of it ... They're anything very brand-new — anything that's not been heard about before".

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