This book left me feeling slightly haunted and paranoid, which I believe the writer intended. Although I don't think we find ourselves in the same socThis book left me feeling slightly haunted and paranoid, which I believe the writer intended. Although I don't think we find ourselves in the same society today as the one portrayed in the book, I definitely see similarities. At the first mention of the 'victory cigarettes' (or coffee) I thought of 'victory fries', or 'freedom fries;' I forget which one really happened ;)
Ironically, while finishing the book I read about the rewrite of Mark Twain's 'Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' and 'Tom Sawyer' to exclude a certain word and replace it by another (not quite the same). Hello, Newspeak!
At times I thought the book went on a bit (specifically the parts where they read from _The Book_) and I had to struggle to get through it; nothing I hold against the book though, it seemed to fit the story.
The rebellions of Winston and Julia seemed small when held against today's society, however, they already lived in theirs for a long time and didn't know any better. Although I hoped for another ending, the way the book ended added to the haunting feeling I had.
It all does not seem very unlikely to happen....more
An interesting read. The first part went a bit slow, I couldn't get myself to read it too much as once. About 40% through the pace picked up and thingAn interesting read. The first part went a bit slow, I couldn't get myself to read it too much as once. About 40% through the pace picked up and things got interesting. I did not care much for any of the characters in a non-annoyed way. They seemed shallow, which fits the story. They didn't seem to care much about eachother either (so why would I :) )
It had good undertones of social control, and also perhaps a bit of 'big brother'. Bernard for instance got called into the Director's office because he didn't behave properly out of working hours. Imagine that, your boss telling you off for not having enough sex.
The control didn't happen with fear and threats of violence. It happened much more subtle. No-one really even tried putting up a fight, because they had nothing to fight against -- afterall, why would someone fight happiness.
I like reading this book. It didn't frighten me with its future-ideas, and at the same time it did. ...more
As '1984' did, this book left me feeling slightly paranoid, and I mean that in a good way. I found this an easy read, it pulled me in and I really wanAs '1984' did, this book left me feeling slightly paranoid, and I mean that in a good way. I found this an easy read, it pulled me in and I really wanted to read the ending (a happier one than 1984 had). The last few pages of the book contain the URLs for websites which have more info about the hacks done in the book itself, I appreciated that thoroughness.
A few times I seemed to have missed things that I probably should have read between the lines (which I suck at) which made the story a bit jumpy for me, but overall I enjoyed the 'voice' of the book. I thought I wouldn't get into a story about a bunch of 17-year olds and liked that I did.
Now excuse me while I go faraday my backpack......more
The first of the Moomin books. It reads a bit clunky but I found it charming nonetheless. It introduces the main characters of books, their house andThe first of the Moomin books. It reads a bit clunky but I found it charming nonetheless. It introduces the main characters of books, their house and why they live in the valley. Promising enough to read the other books too. Wouldn't recommend it as the first Moomin book to read. Book 3 (Finn Family Moomintroll) would probably work better as an introduction. ...more