Wow. This book was not in the least how I expected it to be. Enduring love encapsulates so many varying and conflicting elements: love through grief aWow. This book was not in the least how I expected it to be. Enduring love encapsulates so many varying and conflicting elements: love through grief and death, the innocent love of children, strong, intense and seemingly unbreakable love, love and belief in opposing notions. God and science. Rationality and irrationality.
This aspect of madness and sanity drove me into the plot as the lines began to blur and I began to question my own rationality in Joe's shoes.
McEwen's writing runs like water off the page, eloquent, meaningful, profound, intellectual. Nail biting and informative. What an intense beginning.
Deliciously erotic and tantalisingly dark, each of these tales is an indelible work of powerful femininity. Carter spins words into pure gold, each seDeliciously erotic and tantalisingly dark, each of these tales is an indelible work of powerful femininity. Carter spins words into pure gold, each sentence melting and jarring into the next. I would eat this collection whole if I could, licking each tempting word like crimson blood from my lips. If you want to reconnect with your dark side, The Bloody Chamber is required reading. Stunning. ...more
PEACE IS LOVE. SLAVERY IS HATE. IGNORANCE IS... NO EXCUSE.
1984 is an incredibly important piece of literature that should be compulsory reading. It's poPEACE IS LOVE. SLAVERY IS HATE. IGNORANCE IS... NO EXCUSE.
1984 is an incredibly important piece of literature that should be compulsory reading. It's portrayal of a dystopian totalitarian society based on hatred and fear is so close to the bone that it feels as if Orwell himself were sending a haunting message of warning to the future.
The concepts of the novel are utterly terrifying; a reality taken to the extreme. For it is certainly true that we can see elements of our own existence in this fictional scenario. Namely, the ubiquitous eye of 'Big Brother' ever watchful and thirsty for condemnation. Episodes of denunciation and torture, too, ring true of the dreadful reality of dictatorships and persecution, acting as a firm reminder that allowing the seed of power to cultivate can harvest frightening consequences.
The Ministry of Truth, with its unfathomable contradictions embodied in its slogans and various departments, (Ministry of Love etc.) are troubling to say the least. The very idea of exterminating 'Oldspeak' and rewriting works of genius is utter sacrilege to my mind, and the notion that 'the present controls the past' is worrying, not least because of the growing power that the media is accustomed to in our own society.
The latter part of the novel introduces some fascinating notions, such as solipsism, which induce some thought provoking questions on existence. It is here too that the sheer magnitude of the 'brainwashing' that takes place comes to the fore. Indeed, in true 1984 contradictory style, it would be fitting if the 'brainwashing' that prevails in the novel, were to wash clean our own brains thereby making us more aware and vigilant of the threat of totalitarianism.
The ending leaves a bittersweet after taste of horrifying genius followed soon after by a collective sigh of relief. Readers everywhere, past, present and future, all thinking the very same thing.
Disappointing. There is no doubt that the writing is brilliant but framing the narrative through Mr Carraway did not allow me to get to know the charaDisappointing. There is no doubt that the writing is brilliant but framing the narrative through Mr Carraway did not allow me to get to know the characters enough to feel anything particular for them. For me, there was just something missing. ...more