This could have been perfectly enjoyable book ... had it been half its length. Goodness gracious, I am no Victorian reader hooked on the 31 weekly ins...moreThis could have been perfectly enjoyable book ... had it been half its length. Goodness gracious, I am no Victorian reader hooked on the 31 weekly instalments!(less)
Second readings always show how good the book actually is. It wasn't as good as the first time (back then I was like 13, finishing Eragon and Eldest i...moreSecond readings always show how good the book actually is. It wasn't as good as the first time (back then I was like 13, finishing Eragon and Eldest is less than 3 days, head over heels with dragons), but still good enough.
I can see now that it's a little childish, some events too fortunate and convenient, but I devoured it as much as The Chronicles of Prydain when I was little. It's much more accessible than Lord of the Rings for young readers.
I like the pure fantasy along with the language that feels so noble and ancient-ish. I love it when characters change, grow and mature with time and Eragon did exactly that. I like it when I have the feeling that I'm reading about something so extraodinary and special, that 100 years from now, there will be legends about it (in the world form the book I mean) and I'm watching this legend coming to life. And above all - I love Saphira's sense of humour.
Saphira: "If anything happens, I’m going to pin you to my back and never let you off. Eragon: I love you too. Saphira: Then I will bind you all the tighter. (less)
“1984” describes totalitarian society, which is constantly in war with one of the other two superstates. Society where parents can’t trust their own c...more“1984” describes totalitarian society, which is constantly in war with one of the other two superstates. Society where parents can’t trust their own children, where you have to love only Big Brother - who represents the Angsoc party. Only one single heretic thought may get you killed (or worse – being tossed and tortured inside Ministry of Love). There are no official laws, but you still have to do, say and think exactly what they want you to. The past is deleted and changed by rewriting books and papers, redoing films and songs, even minds of obedient people are altered. Brainwashing is everywhere, in a TV, in a radio... People are eager to believe that 2+2 might be 5, if Big Brother wants it to be.
This book is no horror, but it will scare you, because it makes you realize that similar things (just in a different ways and in different parts of the world) have happened, are still happening and might happen in the future all over again. You might recognize some of the techniques described in “1984” around you in your real life.
At the end of the book, phrases like “War Is Peace“„Freedom Is Slavery“ and „Ignorance Is Strength" won’t seem so out of place. This book is a warning of the things to come, because some of the technical devices Orwell predicted when he wrote this book 60 years ago are already invented and used nowadays.
I haven’t particularly enjoyed this book, though I can see why it has so high rating. It was difficult to get over first 50 pages, but later it got better when Winston woke up from the silent apathy everyone elselived in. I haven´t understood all the elaborate political, economical or sociological facts but I got the point. And that’s what counts.
This book is excellent food for thought, definitely worth reading.(less)