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message 1: by Flannery (new)

Flannery For me, it is one time. For you the reader, it is an entirely different one.

I just lost five minutes of my life reading this review. Juuuust kidding. Seriously awesome review,Lyndsey. This is one of those classics that I am always meaning to read (have had it collecting dust for years now) and just never do it.I can't keep up with all of the recs from people! You'll be happy to know that I got Genesis from the library today. Hopefully I'll finish it soon:-) I mean it, though, your review is lovely.

message 2: by Lyndsey (new)

Lyndsey Thank you! I had been meaning to read this FOREVER. I had it on such a high pedestal and was afraid it could never live up to my expectations. I'm glad I waited until I was ready, though. It was a lot of work.

Ahhhhhhh! Genesis! It's crazy! Can't wait to see what you think. That book made me want to bang my head against the wall. But in a good way!

message 3: by Heather (new)

Heather I just re-read my own review, and saw that I liked the first half more than the second - but I don't remember them! - Does that make sense to you? Were the two halves distinct in some way?

message 4: by Lyndsey (new)

Lyndsey Yeah definitely. The last half contained the Book, which was basically a purely political and exlanational tool, and also the appendix, both of which I skimmed over. It could have been edited a bit in that regard, but I think it almost gave it more depth and made it more realistic as well.

message 5: by Heather (new)

Heather Wow, I really do not remember that!! Ha. Glad you liked it so much, though!

message 6: by Lyndsey (new)

Lyndsey Yeah but I'm a sucker for ANYTHING dystopia and this is like the end-all-be-all original dystopia. Where do I go from here?!?! Ahhhhhhhh. (why is it that when I type "ahhhhhhhh" my autocorrect thinks I'm trying to type "shunning"? Is it just me or are those two words nothing alike?)

message 7: by Heather (new)

Heather HA. Shunning doesn't even have two Hs and H and N are not too near each other on the keyboard!

Yeah, that is definitely the biggie. And you're done w/Hunger Games, too, which I feel like could be its modern rival. Hey, I think there's a Dystopia list on Listmania! - Maybe you can get some ideas there.

message 8: by Justin (new)

Justin Nice review. 1984 is one of my all-time favorites. Since dystopias are in, now (especially in YA lit), I routinely recommend it as required reading along with two other favorites of mine: Fahrenheit 451 by Bradbury, and Brave New World by Huxley. That's the holy trinity of awesome, blow-your-mind dystopian fiction.

message 9: by Lyndsey (last edited Jan 11, 2011 06:33PM) (new)

Lyndsey I love Bradbury. He's has an amazing knack for combining literary and science fiction elements. Brave New World is another I've been looking forward to reading.

~Jessica~I'm a Hoodie Ninja~ If I had any doubt in my mind to read this book, it has completely vanished!

message 11: by Lyndsey (new)

Lyndsey Thank you Jessica! EVERYONE should read this at some point. It can definitely be a chore at times but it is very much worth it.

message 12: by Kim (new)

Kim I have a love/hate thing going on with this book. I think I tried reading this at least 8 times already. I read a few chapters and then suddenly 6 weeks have passed.

message 13: by Lyndsey (new)

Lyndsey Yeah, it was difficult to get into at first. I actually listened to the audio book for the first few chapters and then once I was invested I picked up the book. That made it easier for me. I do that with long-winded books. It's helps to get things moving and then once I'm addicted, I read like a maniac.

message 14: by Corvinus (new)

Corvinus Maximilus I am the "1984 scourge" weeks after I read this book I forced it on all of my friends...on hard copy and soft copy. Absolutely brilliant book.

message 15: by Jon (new)

Jon "At the time, I remember really wanting to read 1984, although I never managed to get my hands on it. I'm almost glad I didn't. Though I would not have admitted it at the time, it would have gone over my head. Or at the very least, I wouldn't have been able to appreciate it fully." -- absolutely. if anyone's read it at any age under 22, they should look into it again.

message 16: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Fantastic review! I can't wait to read this :)

message 17: by Fede (new)

Fede I Love your review of 1984. It's ARCI PIu' BUONA (the italian equivalent of double plus good (: ). I'm following you and this is why I asked for your friendship. Feel free not to accept it. However it would be great for me to receive tips and suggestions from you,and I'm also looking forward for a english-speaking pen friend. Have a nice week end...bye :) Hugs from Italy

message 18: by John (new)

John One of those extremely rare books that has left a profound and indelible (I hope!) impression on how I understand and evaluate the workings of the society around me. It has helped me to have a greater sense of the sheer potential that humanity has for political madness and collective folly. Definitely a book that I not only greatly enjoyed reading, despite it's weighty and depressing subject matter (or perhaps partly because of it?), but one which I am highly grateful to have to have established a meaningful and coherent 'inner dialogue' with. That may sound pretentious but that is just how I feel about this book.
Unfortunately, as I'm sure all you other posters realise only too well, so many of Orwell's concerns and themes explored in 1984 are becoming increasingly prescient to the economic and political direction our world overwhelmingly appears to be heading in. Sorry to ramble, this is my first post and I just love this book!

message 19: by Cathi (new)

Cathi great review. this book was riveting! I wish winston had not succumbed to big brother at the end of his life, but the horrific pain & pressure broke his beautiful spirit...and the lovely julia's.

message 20: by Steven (new)

Steven Gabaldon "YOU. ARE. THE. DEAD." Left me with chills too....

message 21: by Don Incognito (new)

Don Incognito What is the richly developed culture and economics of Middle-earth like? I don't remember seeing that when I read Lord of the Rings.

message 22: by Nga (last edited Jun 19, 2014 06:13PM) (new)

Nga Dao Quynh Thanks a lot Lyndsey! Your review clarified a lot to me as I was not able to find words to write down. I read 1984 at 19 years old and I'm certain that I will re-read it : D

message 23: by Ultimate (new)

Ultimate YA If you liked this book you may enjoy other Dystopian novels! Ultimate YA did a dystopian themed issue in april! Here's a link to the issue if you're interested! Subscribe for more!

message 24: by L.d.berry (new)

L.d.berry Try 'The Handmaid's Tale' by Margaret Atwood. Equally good and scary.

message 25: by John (new)

John Hennessy That line you quote 'You are the dead' is probably the scariest line in the book. Along with 'You do not exist.' Holy crap.

message 26: by Saumitra (new)

Saumitra Vaidya spoiler alerts *****

message 27: by Thurston (new)

Thurston i just finished this MUST read. It should be mandatory reading prior to voting : )
completely awestruck by this book ...great review!

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