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message 1: by Rory (new)

Rory This was my second Orwell book and thought it was great. I think it's one of the most important/relevant books in society because I feel the morals could be attributed to any timeline or government and while the whole "Big Brother is Watching You" premise is highly unlikely (especially after Communism/Facism in the past) it just goes to show that it could be in the realms of plausability.


message 2: by Lyn (new)

Lyn Thanks Rory


message 3: by Rory (new)

Rory Haha, what for? :)


message 4: by Lyn (new)

Lyn For the comment, all good points you make


message 5: by Rory (new)

Rory I'm glad you think so, I feel I can articulate myself in text than I can with speech.


message 6: by Lyn (new)

Lyn Another great point!


message 7: by RJ (new)

RJ Actually, I think Big Brother is watching you has never been more relevant, certainly in ways Orwell never dreamed of.


message 8: by Lyn (new)

Lyn Too true, if we were not already inundated with all kinds of dystopian fiction, I'd like to see a reboot of this.


message 9: by Rory (new)

Rory With all the Hunger Games, Divergent and other dystopian works I woudn't actually mind seeing a modern attempt at this story.


message 10: by Lyn (new)

Lyn Hmmm, yet another good point. My first reaction is that the sub-genre is flooded and diluted, but a remake of THIS one makes sense.


message 11: by Rory (new)

Rory It's not like we've seen it numerous times in the past like Dracula or whatever else, it'has been adapted a couple times before but it's enough to have left an impression on people and if a new version doesn't work then people always have the book to go back on so it's a win win.


message 12: by Lyn (new)

Lyn Too true, I'd buy a ticket


message 13: by Rory (last edited Jun 24, 2016 05:47AM) (new)

Rory Though really there is one work similar which I would like to see be adapted (which it hasn't) and that is Jules Verne's Paris in the Twentieth Century, I feel it could lend to some great social commentary.

Have you ever read it Lyn?


message 14: by Cecily (new)

Cecily Great review.

Rory wrote: "With all the Hunger Games, Divergent and other dystopian works I woudn't actually mind seeing a modern attempt at this story."

Never forget Gilliam's riff on this (though he claimed not to have read this book): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088846/?...


message 15: by Lyn (new)

Lyn Nice, thanks Cecily


message 16: by Lekker-Lezen (new)

Lekker-Lezen Lyn, maybe you would also like this one: 2084: The End of the World which is islamic version of 1984.


message 17: by Sebastien (new)

Sebastien Been meaning to reread this. Lyn I'd be curious to hear what you consider to be the flaws of this book.


message 18: by Lyn (new)

Lyn Thanks Sebastien, I guess I'd have to say some straw man characterization, but not enough to take away the status as a great book


message 19: by Sebastien (new)

Sebastien cool! always great to hear your insights, I'm looking forward to rereading this one. Sadly it is all too relevant.


message 20: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Great review, Lyn! This book had the same effect on my too.


message 21: by Lyn (new)

Lyn Thanks


message 22: by Jenny (new)

Jenny Clark If you liked this, you have to read the Russian counterpart, We. I adored that book!


message 23: by Jenny (new)

Jenny Clark And I just saw you did LOL


message 24: by Lyn (new)

Lyn ;)


message 25: by David (new)

David Gau I read this not long ago, and I was surprised how good it is. It's an interesting story for sure. I didn't see the protagonist as an ideal hero, and like his girlfriend, most of the population didn't care about a conspiracy. Values at different extremes? I had to stop and think through what I had read at several points in the book, and I had to remind myself it was fiction a couple of times.


message 26: by Lyn (new)

Lyn I'll definitely reread


message 27: by Hanneke (new)

Hanneke And still so relevant today, or should I say increasingly relevant again?


message 28: by Lyn (new)

Lyn Yes and Yes


message 29: by Darius (new)

Darius I read like 70% of this as a kid, but I unfortunately never finished it. I remember being absolutely mesmerized though, and it’s still cemented in my mind as one of my favorite books. Will definitely be re-reading and finally finishing it soon!


message 30: by Greg (new)

Greg Watson The last four words are really chilling.


message 31: by Lyn (new)

Lyn agreed


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