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message 1: by Choko (new)

Choko It is a book of genius for real!!! Great review!


message 2: by Annerlee (new)

Annerlee I read this (a few) years ago at school ... In 1984
I think I was too inexperienced to appreciate it fully. Time for re-read too ? It would be interesting to see whether my perceptions have changed.


message 3: by Laura (new)

Laura This is a great read. I agree that it's probably a more appreciated read after a few years of experience after school.


message 4: by Karen (new)

Karen Right?!! I read this in the early 70's and it really got to me... I certainly need a reread as an adult!!


message 5: by Laura (new)

Laura This book and the Handmaid's Tale are good companion pieces, in my opinion. I read both pretty close together.


message 6: by Matthew (new)

Matthew Laura - Yes! I just happen to be reading The Handmaid's Tale right now and they feel like the could be happening in the same world.


message 7: by Aneela (new)

Aneela ♒the_mystique_reader♒ My younger sister is reading this book currently and she says the same. "Put everything on hold and read this book. You won't regret it." I can't wait to start reading this book.


message 8: by BAM (new)

BAM The Bibliomaniac I think I should reread this book now that I've matured. It would be a great follow up to brave new world and Fahrenheit 451.


Cathrine ☯️ What are the other two Matthew?


message 10: by Matthew (new)

Matthew The Stand (abridged) and Brave New World


message 11: by Michael (new)

Michael Perkins Our society may very well be more Huxlyan than Orwellian these days....

https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/7942...


message 12: by David (new)

David Great review...This book is on my to-read list and I'm more eager to read it now


message 13: by Matthew (new)

Matthew David wrote: "Great review...This book is on my to-read list and I'm more eager to read it now"

I am seeing a lot more people reading this lately - my review was pre-inauguration, but then they said the print run of this sold out after the inauguration. Guess people are getting educated!


message 14: by Abram (new)

Abram Dorrough 1984 is one of my all-time favorite books. Pure genius. It was definitely far ahead of its time. Orwell didn't quite see the internet coming (I prefer to imagine Winston editing articles on a government website as opposed to physically altering old news articles and whatnot), but as far as socio-political circumstances he was able to foresee everything. Reading the excerpts from the book-within-the-book is outright spooky.


message 15: by Matthew (new)

Matthew Abram wrote: "1984 is one of my all-time favorite books. Pure genius. It was definitely far ahead of its time. Orwell didn't quite see the internet coming (I prefer to imagine Winston editing articles on a gover..."

Originally I read and loved this in the 90s. But reading it again this past year, so much has changed in the world and it is much more relevant now than it was back then.


message 16: by Henry (new)

Henry This was also a reread for me, however I first read it over 50 years ago as an 18 year old. That it is still relevant illustrates the power of the novel, but what truly makes Orwell a genius is the fact that persons on the opposite sides of today's political spectrum see the novel as prophetic of their particular agenda. That's the difference between a genius and a polemicist.


message 17: by Matthew (new)

Matthew Henry wrote: "This was also a reread for me, however I first read it over 50 years ago as an 18 year old. That it is still relevant illustrates the power of the novel, but what truly makes Orwell a genius is the..."

It is quite amazing how this book and many of the other classic dystopians (i.e. Brave New World) have held up and remain relevant. Amazing, and maybe sad as it shows that we have not learned anything???


message 18: by Henry (new)

Henry Brave New World and Fahrenheit 451 will be on my reread list in 2019. It is incredibly interesting how the passage of over half a century affects one's perspective on dystopian novels particularly when the author seems to be writing about what would happen in that next half century.


message 19: by Matthew (new)

Matthew Henry wrote: "Brave New World and Fahrenheit 451 will be on my reread list in 2019. It is incredibly interesting how the passage of over half a century affects one's perspective on dystopian novels particularly ..."

I did a reread of Fahrenheit 451 recently - last time was about 15 years ago. Even in that time I took the content of the book a lot differently.


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