"Nineteen Eighty-Four" by George Orwell is an interesting read. The concepts are backwards and life as we know it is turned upside-down. The entire wo...more"Nineteen Eighty-Four" by George Orwell is an interesting read. The concepts are backwards and life as we know it is turned upside-down. The entire work is well written. Orwell's language and use of it is something to aspire to. The beginning is light. The middle is heavy and the book of the Brotherhood a bit confusing and far-fetched. Then the end is the heaviest. Without a doubt, brainwashing is prevalent and obviously not the greatest form of power. Big Brother as a character is mysterious. The use of telescreens would have annoyed me to no end if I were trapped in this power-hungry world. The political messages in the novel are rife. It may take a second read and a good reader's guide to really appreciate all the innuendoes offered by this classic, utopian (distopian), nightmarish book.(less)
What a wonderful, fantastical book. I didn't have the opportunity or desire to read "A Wrinkle in Time" when I was a youth, even though I knew about i...moreWhat a wonderful, fantastical book. I didn't have the opportunity or desire to read "A Wrinkle in Time" when I was a youth, even though I knew about it. I am glad because I appreciate it all the more now. Even though I am not into science fiction as much as I would like, I was engrossed in this book and couldn't put it down.
The characters are wonderful. I lived vicariously through them and had a vested interest in their survival and success. The creativity of the creatures that L'Engle creates are unfathomable and nothing like I've ever imagined. My mind has been exapanded from reading this short and concise adventure. I can't believe I hadn't read it sooner. If you haven't read it...read it NOW! Before the IT gets you.(less)
Part fiction and part non-fiction this book was interesting. At first, I was like, "Okay, where is this going" and when I got to the end I understood....morePart fiction and part non-fiction this book was interesting. At first, I was like, "Okay, where is this going" and when I got to the end I understood. I got to the end fast because the pace and the flow of this book is effortless and just makes sense. Its just really interesting. I liked it for its faith and tenacity and the fact that I learned a little bit more about Glen Beck than I already knew. I've tried to watch his shows but they get too academic-like and college-lecture-like for me. I respect him now for this book and his imagination and power to put this story, his thoughts, and his confessions together. This book is very accessible and a very easy read. I haven't read any of his other politically-driven books, but I'm sure that they are more complicated and technical. Anyway, overall, I like this book and would recommend it to everyone because it makes a great point, or a great many points rather, and it is accessible and relate-able to everyone no matter where they are in their lives. Its just cute and poignant if that's what you're in the mood to read next.(less)