Although the reviews for the book vary significantly depending on the aims of the perusing reader, 1984 is a principal read. In my opinion, the author...moreAlthough the reviews for the book vary significantly depending on the aims of the perusing reader, 1984 is a principal read. In my opinion, the author is a keen observer and analyst, a genius perhaps who belong to the few who have the ability to see the tiniest details and use them to recreate a larger picture of reality.
But back to the book.
For those aiming to be amused by a STORY, I give this THREE stars. The plot is quite simple, but not something to disappointed about. The story merely serves as valves in a complex network where injections of the author's theories and ideas can safely be done without destroying the momentum.
For those aiming to be amused by the CHARACTERS, you will have something (many things actually) to think about. While the Party holds an extremely strict view on Sexuality, the main characters are exactly the opposite; they have this awareness and this liberality that imperils them. Also, Orwell has done a great job in describing what it is to be human--the challenges of mortality, pain, hunger, and our intellectual and cognitive capacities and their limitations. The characters grow according to their ambitions and abilities, and they could also be altered through manipulation of their weaknesses. FIVE stars.
For those aiming to be amused by CONCEPTS, this book receives another FIVE stars. A few of the many interesting ideas are the following: the association between language and thinking and decision-making (trimming down vocabulary ultimately limits our range of thinking); the need for a unified mind constantly at war in order to preserve the infallibility of a power; the need to manipulate standards to lessen diversity of the members of society; the need to alter history in order to control the present; and importantly, DOUBLETHINK (read the book to understand what this means).
Somewhere in the last third of the book comes in the heavy discourse of Goldstein's philosophy (a book reading scene). Anyone who has a weak heart for politics must take a break before diving into the waters. It is not a warning though, for a warning generally implies that there is something dangerous ahead. Far from being perilous or something like an ordeal, Goldstein's book is a very important part, if not the most, in the novel and should not be skipped. It contains the foundation of the plot.
So there. I hope this looks like a decent block of gibberish. Sincerely hope you take up and enjoy the book.(less)
Mansfield Park is an excellent novel by Jane Austen. Much focus and weight are brought onto the interaction of various personalities, principles and a...moreMansfield Park is an excellent novel by Jane Austen. Much focus and weight are brought onto the interaction of various personalities, principles and ambition within a set of rules of conduct. Although such is also the case with the author's other popular works, Mansfield Park is quite a unique work in itself in that its characters themselves seemingly take command of the plot and the writer is left a detached observer.
The pace of the novel suits its style and object. The details are generously given. The general mood is heavy, rarely upbeat, so that one may class the novel as having a gothic nature.
Fanny Price, the heroine, is one the most enduring and memorable characters by Austen. She is excessively shy and anxious--in my observation are qualities atypical of modern-day heroines especially in Young Adult literature. In spite of her acknowledged weaknesses, she is a firm, remarkable character, her strength owing to a personal knowledge of her faults and consequence.
Overall, Mansfield Park is deserving of praise. FIVE STARS.(less)