I don't really feel like writing a review for this book because it bored me so much. But there are a few things I'd like to say.
1) Holden Caulfied is...moreI don't really feel like writing a review for this book because it bored me so much. But there are a few things I'd like to say.
1) Holden Caulfied is a helluva whiny sonuvabitch. 2) The story isn't going anywhere. 3) Holden annoys me. 4) His helluva's, sonuvabitches, ...and all's, ...or anything's are so overused that they annoy the hell out of me. 5) THE STORY IS NOT GOING ANYWHERE. Oh, I said that already?
Prior to this book by George Orwell, I read Animal Farm in 2009 and loved it. I just finished this book about an hour ago, and I still can't decide ho...morePrior to this book by George Orwell, I read Animal Farm in 2009 and loved it. I just finished this book about an hour ago, and I still can't decide how exactly I feel about this book. It's not really the kind of books that I enjoy reading, but I decided to give it a try anyway.
1984 is a story that takes place in Oceania, which represents a dystopia. The Party that rules the nation has a way of manipulating its people, watching their every move with the presence of the "telescreen", and picking up sounds by hidden microphones. It's impossible to be completely alone in this place. When looking out the window, one will most likely see a big poster with a picture of a man with a mustache, and the caption will read "BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU". The people are supposed to love Big Brother. Those who don't are guilty of "thoughtcrime" and will have to undergo a long process which will "fix" them. The Party slogan runs like this: WAR IS PEACE. FREEDOM IS SLAVERY. IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH. The party is in the position to alter the past, and whatever they say is truth, is truth.
The protagonist, Winston Smith, hates Big Brother and the party. He hates everything that has to do with them. The way they control lives. The way he has to live. The way they feed people with lies after lies. The way they make people "vaporize" so easily, and name them "unpersons" and that's it, these "unpersons" never existed. The way today Oceania is at war with Eastasia, not Eurasia, and always has been, while Yesterday Oceania was at war with Eurasia, not Eastasia, and always had been. The sitting through "Two Minutes Hate". The Newspeak. Everything.
So he decides to do something. And in the end he pays greatly for it.
This book is depressing. Most part of part 1 was boring to me. I had a hard time trying to concentrate. Part two was a bit more exciting. Part three was gold. It was in part three that I felt something. I clenched my eyes shut. I moaned. I felt horrified. I felt disgusted. My heart raced. My palms became sweaty. I wish the human race will never have to go through anything like that. And the end--I'm not really sure how I feel about the end--wasn't really what I thought. It wasn't heroic. It wasn't what I expected. But it was realistic. It was depressing.
[I read this book about two years ago due to class assignment. I wrote a review back then but decided to put it up just now. This was written two years ago, and I still haven't changed my mind.]
“Do not judge the book by its cover” can actually apply to me in this case. At first I thought To Kill A Mockingbird would be a dull, boring and unentertaining book about racism that I did not want to know about. I am one of those people who fall for books simply because of their covers. But now I know better. I was mistaken about this book but now I can honestly say that To Kill A Mockingbird is one of the finest books I have ever read so far.
At the very first page I could not understand it when my teacher said it was intense. But who would have known? When I got to page 3 or 4, I got hugely hooked up. I could never have thought this book could be so fascinating that I could not possibly put it down until midnight of every day. And before I knew it, To Kill A Mockingbird showed up somewhere between the top 5 of my favorite books.
I love pretty much everything about this book. I love the way Harper Lee reveals more of the story backwards from the end. It portrayed racism at its time and the white people’s hatred and prejudice on the black ones at its best. Meanwhile, it represented many kinds of people; the poor Cunninghams, the Ewells who lived by the rubbish dump of the town, the Radleys who were full of mysteries and the Finches. I am not usually a fan of books with too many characters, but this book is an exception. I think these characters are what make the book one of the best classics ever. It is what makes the book different, makes it beautiful and outstanding, and shining out all those books about racism that exist.
I love the fact that To Kill A Mockingbird depicted the co-existence of good and evil really well. As I can see, Jem and Scout had both gone through a transition in the society as they were exposed to more evil, a transition of innocence that must be adapted to the evil of the world to a more of an adult perspective. Other than that, what I adore about this book is that it shows the result of co-existence of good and evil as some people are destroyed by the glimpse of evil such as Boo Radley, Tom Robinson, Dill and Jem, or as defined by the books as ‘mockingbirds’ who ‘don't do one thing but . . . sing their hearts out for us,’ (according to Miss Maudie) while some still maintain their faith in goodness and learn to be able to come to understand and deal with evil like Atticus Finch and his daughter Scout.
My favorite character from this book would definitely be Atticus Finch. He came so clear and real to me, but at the same time he just seemed so idealistic. He was the most outstanding character in this novel, as his characteristics and points of view were uniquely shining through. He accepted and understood evil in people, all the while he was still maintaining and holding on to his faith in human goodness. Throughout the novel, he taught me that we should appreciate the good in people, understand the bad and treat others with understanding and sympathy. When he told his children that they could never understand a person until they put on his shoes and walked around in it, I was stunned. There was no better way to put it. And at the end Scout did as his lesson told her. She finally saw Boo as a human being, and not a childhood mystery. I love the way Atticus stood for what was right, which was Tom Robinson, knowing in his heart that he may not win the case. And when Walter Cunningham tried to kill him, he still said Cunningham was a friend and would always be. For a second I wondered if a person like this still exists in this world today because as I’ve stated, he was so real, yet so idealistic, too good to be true.
Overall, I think this book is for the win. I am not surprised why it was assigned to high school students in many countries. Books like these should be noticed by the world, because there is even more to them than just meet the eyes. It is definitely one of my favorite books that I will always reread.