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Nineteen Eighty-Four is a work of pure horror, and its horror is crushingly immediate....The English language is transformed into something called Newspeak, a devastating bureaucratic jargon whose aim is to reduce the vocabulary to the minimum number of words so that ultimately there will be no tools for thinking outside the concepts provided by the state.... [The novel]... is a great examination into and dramatization of Lord Action's famous apothegm, "Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely."
Mark Schorer - New York Times (6/12/1949)
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