Nineteen Eighty-Four, first editionFirst edition

Nineteen Eighty-Four

Novel, 1949
approx. 105,000 words

Nineteen Eighty-Four

THE NOVEL | THE TEXT

Notable lines

First line

It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.

Great lines

On each landing, opposite the lift-shaft, the poster with the enormous face gazed from the wall. It was one of those pictures which are so contrived that the eyes follow you about when you move. BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU' the caption beneath it ran.

From where Winston stood it was just possible to read, picked out on its white face in elegant lettering, the three slogans of the Party: WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.

Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.

If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever.

The Revolution will be complete when the language is perfect.

"Has it ever occurred to you, Winston, that by the year 2050, at the very latest, not a single human being will be alive who could understand such a conversation as we are having now?"

Last lines

But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother.

THE NOVEL | THE TEXT

Related:

Author
George Orwell

Novel
Animal Farm

See also:

Novel
Brave New World

Novel
Darkness at Noon

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