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Hi Chris
Very pleased to see 1984 selected. I will participate in the discussion.
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https://www.planetebook.com/ has a free pdf of Nineteen Eighty Four.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nineteen_Eighty-Four provides a detailed article, covering 1History and title 1.1Copyright status 2Background 3Plot 4Characters 4.1Main characters 4.2Secondary characters 4.3Unseen characters 5World in novel 5.1Ingsoc 5.2Ministries of Oceania 5.2.1Ministry of Peace 5.2.2Ministry of Plenty 5.2.3Ministry of Truth 5.2.4Ministry of Love 5.3Doublethink 5.4Political geography 5.5The Revolution 5.6The War 5.7Living standards 6Themes 6.1Nationalism 6.2Futurology 6.3Censorship 6.4Surveillance 7Newspeak appendix 8Sources for literary motifs 9Influences 10Critical reception 11In other media 12Cultural impact 13Brave New World comparisons 14See also 15References 16Sources 17External links


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Thanks Robert! Can you lead this discussion!?



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One of my favorite books but I won't be able to participate in the discussion. Been years since I read it, and I don't know that I'll have the time now to re-read. But everyone should read this novel. It's had such an impact on the modern world, and you can SEE large parts of the dystopia it describes actually in place now. A great book, good choice.


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I appreciate that endorsement, KindaSkolarly. I've heard great things about the book too.



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Looks like I'll be joining in, with thanks for the pdf, but my heart is with the non-fiction this time round.



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Sure, always welcome the opportunity to reread a book that made a big impression on me way back when. I'll be interested to see how I'll appraise its literary qualities, with the passage of time.



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Count me in; I will reread this fabulous book by mid-week - a refresher before posting my words.



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I just read the first four chapters of the book, so I guess I'll take part in the discussion. The way it’s divvied into three parts suits me.

Translations shouldn’t be an issue, all should be the same, right? Written in English, printed in English. The PDF copy I’m reading can be found at https://www.globalgreyebooks.com/. I believe the woman who runs the site and puts the books together lives in London, Airstrip One, Oceania. You can right-click and save the pdf to your hard drive. She thanked me for the donation I sent after downloading some books. Apparently you can also get books in epub (Kindle) versions from her.


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Thanks Robert! Can you lead this discussion!?


Hi Chris, as you would have noticed, I am still writing chapter comments on The Master and Margarita, and will finalise that this week. I would then be pleased to lead discussion on Nineteen Eighty Four. These two books have a lot in common as widely admired satires of totalitarian politics. I think the conversations that Harry and I have had on Bulgakov should be worth reading for others even if they have not read M&M, as we touch on some universal themes.


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