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Whispers from the Pirate's Ghost Whisper That's a very Erudite Review/look at things. Good Review!


message 2: by Jonathan (last edited Apr 26, 2012 07:36AM) (new)

Jonathan Mix my normally vibrant and energetic persona with the exercise of writing university essays. Then after a violent reaction or two you end up with this kind of review.

And thanks very much Hugh.


Whispers from the Pirate's Ghost Whisper Well, you've seen my review right? I blame it on the book. It was good, but, egad, I felt like winston smith when I was done reading it.


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Jonathan That's the thing isn't it though. Orwell wants to shock you and leave you questioning. I'm finding the same thing with the graphic novel Watchmen. Only because it is a graphic novel it has a different impact in that way.


Whispers from the Pirate's Ghost Whisper Yes, and, I have come to believe that one of the themes that help understanding 1984 and the way it ended up is tied to Orwell's participation in the Spanish Revolution. Spain recently made available a lot of documents from that era. There are still very vocal arguments about what happened and who the bad guys were.


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Jonathan I think too you must look at his other works. I mean as I noted (view spoiler) it really taps into the ideas of how we can become just like the very evil we were attempting to destroy which I find a fascinating idea in any literature.


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midnightfaerie nice review. didn't know that about muse...will have to check that out after i read it again...i'll probably do it soon...my old review is only a memory of what i remember from high school. i have a feeling i'll feel much differently about the book now. thanks for the review.


message 8: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan Well it is a book that deliberately aims to be depressing but there was something about the ideas and the message that Orwell had to convey that struck me...


Mike (the Paladin) Have you read Brave New World? I think if you haven't you also find it interesting.


☯Emily has reviews on Booklikes I'm currently reading Little Brother, which is a modern look at 1984. If you haven't yet read it, I suggest you get a copy and let me know what you think.


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midnightfaerie thanks for the recommendation emily!


message 12: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan Yeah I read Brave New World recently and loved it.
I'll have to look at Little Brother now then!


message 13: by Gail (new)

Gail O'carroll One of the most frightening books I have ever read. Loved it. Fabulous imagination.


message 14: by MarrieAnne (new)

MarrieAnne a really good review! :)


message 15: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan Gail wrote: "One of the most frightening books I have ever read. Loved it. Fabulous imagination."

Isn't it just?

MarrieAnne wrote: "a really good review! :)"

Thank you MarrieAnne, I hope you liked/like the book!


message 16: by Henry (new)

Henry Avila Terrific review Jonathan.So many things to think about.This novel should by read by everyone....


message 17: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan Henry wrote: "Terrific review Jonathan.So many things to think about.This novel should by read by everyone...."

Definitely should be required reading!


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