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message 1: by James (new)

James Thane Nice review, Amanda. I need to go back and read this book again myself.


message 2: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Thanks--this is one of those books that I'd want with me if I'm ever stranded on an island. I could content myself by sipping on coconut milk and repeatedly reading 1984. It's that damn good.


message 3: by Larry (new)

Larry Bassett I remember waiting curiously for many years for it really to be 1984. And then all of sudden it was 1985 and the book was still relevant!


message 4: by Jules (new)

Jules I liked your review. I still can't believe I have never picked up this book to read. The more I live in modern society - the more I should invest time in this classic book.


message 5: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Jules wrote: "I liked your review. I still can't believe I have never picked up this book to read. The more I live in modern society - the more I should invest time in this classic book."

Some of the parallels are downright eerie. You'll definitely be paranoid while reading it--so much is still relevant.


message 6: by Fly To The Sky (new)

Fly To The Sky I read this book for school last August and I felt it was really pointless. Everything just went back to the way it had been and Winston and Julia were no better off. I really hate that I don't like this book because so many people do, but anyways I really liked your review.


message 7: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Fly To The Sky wrote: "I read this book for school last August and I felt it was really pointless. Everything just went back to the way it had been and Winston and Julia were no better off. I really hate that I don't lik..."

That's a fair point, but I always thought it added to the horror of the book. We keep waiting for the rebellion, the toppling of the government, the happily ever after. But a government that exerts such complete control over its populace didn't gain its power by having a chink in its armor. That's what is really frightening to me--that the political machine, without even a twinge of conscience, just grinds up and spits out those who dare to break away from the norm.

But, yes, you're right about it being anti-climactic. I'm glad you enjoyed the review, even if you didn't love the book.


message 8: by Cheryl (new)

Cheryl This is one I've been meaning to read. Your review makes me want to bump it up the list.


message 9: by Sesana (new)

Sesana My thoughts exactly, but written better. It's been years since I read this. I was blown away then, but I bet I'd get more out of it now.


message 10: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Cheryl wrote: "This is one I've been meaning to read. Your review makes me want to bump it up the list."

Normally, I try not to force books upon other people, but, yes, yes you should bump this one up! :) Even if you don't like it, you start seeing so many references to it everywhere that are suddenly clarified.


message 11: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Sesana wrote: "My thoughts exactly, but written better. It's been years since I read this. I was blown away then, but I bet I'd get more out of it now."

Thanks! The first time I read it, I really liked it but I'm not sure that I loved it until the second reading.


message 12: by Tammy (new)

Tammy Great review. Very similar thoughts to my own.


message 13: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Tammy wrote: "Great review. Very similar thoughts to my own."

Clearly, great minds do think alike. :) Thank you for the kind compliment.


message 14: by Alex (new)

Alex This has to be ONE of my favorite books and I agree with having this one on a deserted island while sipping coconut milk! That actually made me laugh out loud. Thanks!


message 15: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Alex wrote: "This has to be ONE of my favorite books and I agree with having this one on a deserted island while sipping coconut milk! That actually made me laugh out loud. Thanks!"

Glad you enjoyed it!


message 16: by J. (last edited Sep 18, 2013 04:24PM) (new)

J. Keck One of the very chilling verities in this book is: "He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past."


message 17: by Amanda (new)

Amanda J. wrote: "One of the very chilling verities in this book is: "He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.""

Absolutely. There are so many lessons in the book that are as applicable today as they were in Orwell's time.


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