1984 was first introduced to me in a BBC documentary on Nigel Kneale's work just a few years ago.
Required reading at school. One of the few times that they got it right.
13/14 years old. At school.
In 1998, we did an experiment in which I received an implant in my upper-left arm which linked me to a computer. We called the experiment Big Brother, after George Orwell's concept of the system overseeing the individual - because that was what provided the impetus for that first experiment. I originally read the novel in about 1970. I would have been about 16.
I was about 13 or 14 when I read this. Orwell's ideas influenced me greatly and my political ideas. While Orwell was committed to Socialism, he saw the dangers of totalitarianism firtshand when the Russians (his supposed allies) tried to kill him in the Spanish Civil War, and he read of the attrocities for which Stalin was responsible. He actually had a hard time getting this book published - the Left Wing press were reluctant to criticise Russia at the time.
1995. I was at university.
1985 - I was 14
It was read to us at secondary school.
I was about 15 (1990), at school, having started it about 5 times over the previous 2 years
Must have been when I was thirteen or fourteen. It was on a suggested reading list from my secondary school - we weren't actually studying it, they just suggested that we read it (and thirty or forty other books).
I read this book at University, as a break from all the English Classics I was wading through as part of my degree.
1984, strangely. I was a teenager.
I was I think 16. I read it because people had mentionned how difficult and boring it was to read :) Seems silly to read because of that but then, I've always been a better reader than most people of my acquaintance. Also, it was SF and I was already an avid science-fictioin reader. That couple with the fact that I knew it to be a classic made it impossible for me not to read it.
probably when i was about twelve, in 1984.living in the cotswolds, already a sci-fi fan.diddn't read it until i was around 18.
I saw this when it was broadcast in 1994 as a tribute to Rudolph Cartier. I had just finished or was just finishing my degree, so was about 23.