Back Cover Blurb
- Ever since its publication in 1949, George Orwell's terrifying vision of a totalitarian regime where Big Brother controls its citizens like 'a boot stamping on a human face' has become a touchstone for human freedom, and one of the most widely-read books in the world.
- In this new annotated edition Orwell's biographer D. J. Taylor elucidates the full meaning of this timeless satire, explaining contemporary references in the novel, placing it in the context of Orwell's life, elaborating on his extraordinary use of language and explaining the terms such as Newspeak, Doublethink and Room 101 that have become familiar phrases today.
- This is the essential edition of the essential book of modern times.
- D.J. Taylor: Introduction – vii
- Peter Davison: A Note on the Text – xvii
- George Orwell: Nineteen Eighty-Four – 1
- D.J. Taylor: Notes – 356
- Further Reading – 364
- Appendices – 365
- I first read the book – as one does – during my school-days, though never studied it as a set text. I found it very compelling, and still do.
- "Welch (Robert) - York Notes: George Orwell - Nineteen Eighty-Four" provides a handy summary of the plot, and asks – and attempts superficial answers to – a few questions.
- I came across 1984 again following my reading of "Botros (Sophie) - Truth, Time and History: A Philosophical Enquiry", written by a friend of mine.
- In this book, and notably in the promotional video – "Botros (Sophie) - Truth, Time and History - A Philosophical Inquiry with Dr Sophie Botros", Winston Smith – the ‘hero’ of 1984 is described as a “hapless everyman” who is put in his philosophical place by O’Brien’s debunking of the idea that the past still exists immutable, a debunking position Sophie Botros seems to support. I took exception to both these views, but thought I ought to re-read the book before engaging with them.
- Whatever comments I have on these contentions are embedded in those on the above promotional video.
In-Page Footnotes ("Orwell (George), Davison (Peter), Taylor (D.J.), Ed. - Nineteen Eighty-Four: The Annotated Edition")
- The "Appendix: The Principles of Newspeak" (pp. 343 – 355) is part of the book, and is by George Orwell himself.
Penguin Modern Classics (7 Feb. 2013)
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