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1984 – by George Orwell

The book 1984, by George Orwell, is an incredibly depressing dystopia about what it is like to live under a totalitarian government that wants to control absolutely everything – including people’s thoughts.  Written in 1949, the book describes a bleak, hopeless, future.

The reader views it all through the eyes of the main character, Winston Smith.  It is the book where the phrase “Big Brother is watching you” originated.

The first time I read this book was when I was in high school.  It was assigned reading for one of my English classes.  If I had to guess, I think this assignment was given when I was a Junior, so that would put the actual year at around 1989 or 1990.

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