Perhaps one of my favorite books. I've read it many times and each time, I gleen something new from its pages. Personally, I think it's essential for...morePerhaps one of my favorite books. I've read it many times and each time, I gleen something new from its pages. Personally, I think it's essential for anyone interested in the world beyond the end of their nose. From how history works, especially in our country, to how politics works, 1984 speaks so much to all of us.
Like 2001 and many other books, it can be surface read for the story. Even with surface reading, the reader should be able to pull out life lessons. Subsequent readings will reveal the depth and truth of what Orwell saw as our future. Savvy readers will see how it is our present.(less)
This book certainly changed my view of the world around me. Personally, I think every single intelligent American should read this book. Once you unde...moreThis book certainly changed my view of the world around me. Personally, I think every single intelligent American should read this book. Once you understand the reasons and motivations behind what our corporations do, you have a much better idea of why our country is the way it is - and more importantly, where it's heading. You also understand why quality will continue to decline, why companies will choose profit over - well, everything!
Completely different than I expected - and that's a plus. An unusual take on history in that it's not the author's feelings and ideas about what happe...moreCompletely different than I expected - and that's a plus. An unusual take on history in that it's not the author's feelings and ideas about what happened, but rather news clippings, letters and interviews with people who were really there. And that paints a MUCH different picture of what precipitated WWII than your high school history class taught you.
Keep in mind, of course, that most histories are written by the victors.
This history is also unique in that it does not take into account how things are viewed at the time of the writing. Rather, it's tone is that of the time of the events. For instance, a book about fur trapping, written today, might be very PC and harsh on the trappers and wearers of fur. A similar story of fur trappig, written 100 years ago might instead focus on the difficulties and triumphs of the life of a trapper. 'Human Smoke' is more of the latter.
Since much of our youth is educated by MTV and blogs, they have a decidedly skewed (if any at all) view of what has happened in this country. I think many would think this book is all lies. Of course, most of the youth today can't point out the capital of the state they live in or point out their state on a map or name two countries in Europe - if they even know Europe is not a country itself!