Holt McDougal Library, High School with Connections: Individual Reader 1984

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Grades 9 - 12Grades 7 - 12Z8.988942
'Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past' Hidden away in the Record Department of the sprawling Ministry of Truth, Winston Smith skilfully rewrites the past to suit the needs of the Party. Yet he inwardly rebels against the totalitarian world he lives in, which demands absolute obedience and controls him through the all-seeing telescreens and the watchful eye of Big Brother, symbolic head of the Party. In his longing for truth and liberty, Smith begins a secret love affair with a fellow-worker Julia, but soon discovers the true price of freedom is betrayal. George Orwell's dystopian masterpiece, Nineteen Eighty-Four is perhaps the most pervasively influential book of the twentieth century.
Audio Cassette
Published on April 27, 2000 by Penguin Audiobooks
ISBN-10: 0141801913
ISBN-13: 9780141801919
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    edmodo-wzjpfyq5dnWednesday, September 18, 2013 at 7:31 pm44 stars
    The book was another great book by George Orwell. Orwell presents a place where the government is dictatorial and watches over every little thing you do and wants to control everything each citizen does. Two people in love despise the government and join a group, the Brotherhood against the government trusting in who they thought was a part of the brotherhood they are sent to admit to their crimes. The man is faced with his fear of rats and is placed with them but finally he cant take it and tells the government to give the rats to "his love". In the end he comes out as someone who appreciates the government and has no feelings for his former love.
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      edmodo-hsvdjbx2jxWednesday, September 18, 2013 at 5:59 pm33 stars
      This was such a confusing book. I was confused about who big brother was, or what it was. As soon as I understood the basic part of it, the thought of the idea (from the book) it was quite frightening, to always be watched.