Here’s the classic book that many reference but few have actually read! A chilling portrait of a totalitarian society under the ever-watchful gaze of Big Brother, where love, privacy, and individuality are banned. The year 1984 has come and gone, but George Orwell’s nightmare vision of the world we have become is timelier that ever. 1984 is the great modern classic of a “negative utopia”—a startlingly original and haunting novel that creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing. At the time it was written, many people chuckled, not believing that such a world could ever come to be from the world in which they lived. Today, it is one of the most quoted books in history simply because the vivid yet fictional descriptions Orwell described back in 1948 have become disturbingly true: a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police, a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities, and people live tepid and fearful lives. Winston Smith, the hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or punished, he knows there is no hope. Softcover, large-print edition, approx. 400 pages.