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message 1: by Steven (new)

Steven Godin Great review Joe.


message 2: by Taryn (new)

Taryn I love this review, Joe! It's really interesting to see the differences between your reactions in 1990 and 2016. I reread 1984 around 2008, but I think it would feel a little more 'real' to me now.


message 3: by Cheryl (new)

Cheryl Maybe more so the ADVENT of a regime? ...

Who's better to review this book than you, Joe? I mean seriously, I had to remind myself that you really wasn't a character in the novel. I read and nodded my way through, smiling at your intertwine of wit and thoroughness. This is one book that is hard to enjoy, and yet one can't help but notice its cleverness that you've outlined.


message 4: by Rae (new)

Rae Meadows Awesome! I love this, Joe.


message 5: by Leah (new)

Leah Polcar 1990s Joe is hilarious.


message 6: by Jenny (new)

Jenny Another great and inspiring review, Joe! You should read We by Yevgeny Zamyatan (I hope I spelled that right). It came out from Communist Russia and inspired 1984 and A Brave New World. It is more obtuse and less literary but is perfect for the word it describes. People see similarities between it and 1984 and assume it's just a copy, but it was actually one of the original dystopian novels. I'm so glad you enjoyed your reread of this novel and wrote such an excellent review for YOUR readers to enjoy :)


message 7: by Frances (new)

Frances Enjoyed your review Joe, and with 5* I must add! Had my eye on this one for years!!


message 8: by Marita (new)

Marita Fantastic review, Joe!


message 9: by Bonnie (new)

Bonnie This was one of the few required reads in school that I absolutely loved. Need to do a re-read one of these days. :)


message 10: by Hannah (new)

Hannah Very creative review, Joe!


Norma * Traveling Sister Great review, Joe!


message 12: by Joe (new)

Joe Valdez Steven wrote: "Great review Joe."

Thank you, Steven!


message 13: by Joe (new)

Joe Valdez Taryn wrote: "I reread 1984 around 2008, but I think it would feel a little more 'real' to me now."

Thank you for commenting, Taryn. It amazes me how a book gathering dust on your shelf or at the library can "change" in just a couple of years. The scary thing is that Orwell wasn't predicting anything, he was just looking at how authoritarian regimes had come to power throughout history.


message 14: by Joe (new)

Joe Valdez Cheryl wrote: "I mean seriously, I had to remind myself that you really wasn't a character in the novel. I read and nodded my way through, smiling at your intertwine of wit and thoroughness."

Cheryl, that has to be the most gracious comment you've left for me yet. Thank you so much. If I get to be any literary character, I choose Doc in Sweet Thursday.


message 15: by Joe (new)

Joe Valdez Rae wrote: "Awesome! I love this, Joe."

Your approbation carries its weight in gold with me, Rae. Thank you for commenting!


message 16: by Joe (new)

Joe Valdez Leah wrote: "1990s Joe is hilarious."

Listening to all of that Public Enema and rap music. Don't encourage me, Leah.


message 17: by Joe (new)

Joe Valdez Jenny wrote: "I'm so glad you enjoyed your reread of this novel and wrote such an excellent review for YOUR readers to enjoy."

Jenny, your skills as a librarian and bibliophile never cease to impress me. I'm lucky that you read as many of my book reports as you do, and comment! Thank you.


message 18: by Joe (new)

Joe Valdez Frances wrote: "Enjoyed your review Joe, and with 5* I must add! Had my eye on this one for years!!"

Thank you, Frances. I still haven't read The Great Gatsby if that makes you feel better.


message 19: by Joe (new)

Joe Valdez Marita wrote: "Fantastic review, Joe!"

Marita, thank you!


message 20: by Joe (new)

Joe Valdez Bonnie wrote: "This was one of the few required reads in school that I absolutely loved. Need to do a re-read one of these days. :)"

The times required it as far as I was concerned, Bonnie.


message 21: by Joe (new)

Joe Valdez Hannah wrote: "Very creative review, Joe!"

Hannah, thank you so much!


message 22: by Joe (new)

Joe Valdez Norma wrote: "Great review, Joe!"

Thank you, Norma!


message 23: by Erin (new)

Erin I love this review Joe!


message 24: by Frances (new)

Frances Joe wrote: "Frances wrote: "Enjoyed your review Joe, and with 5* I must add! Had my eye on this one for years!!"

Thank you, Frances. I still haven't read The Great Gatsby if that makes you feel better."


lol ... I saw the movie which was ok. On the waiting list now at the library for 1984; at long last .....


message 25: by Joe (new)

Joe Valdez Erin wrote: "I love this review Joe!"

Thank you so much, Erin! I'm glad you enjoyed the book report!


message 26: by Carmen (new)

Carmen If I was Winston, I'd stab Inner Party members all day without a lunch break.

This made me laugh out loud. :D


message 27: by Joe (new)

Joe Valdez Carmen wrote: "This made me laugh out loud."

Orwell doesn't have to be an unhappy reading experience after all. I'm glad you enjoyed the book report, guapa.


message 28: by Sharon (new)

Sharon Bravo, Joe. This was fan effing tastic.


message 29: by Joe (new)

Joe Valdez Sharon wrote: "Bravo, Joe. This was fan effing tastic."

My work here is done. Thank you, Sharon.


message 30: by Hannah (new)

Hannah Lovely review, Joe. I definitely have to reread this one soon.


message 31: by Fatima (new)

Fatima This is one of my favorite reports you've written, Joe! I can't wait to give this book a reread soon.


message 32: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer It is now time that I really should read this.


message 33: by Joe (last edited Jan 14, 2017 08:07PM) (new)

Joe Valdez Hannah wrote: "Lovely review, Joe. I definitely have to reread this one soon."

Thank you, Hannah. I'm curious to hear your perspective. Historically, until this month, I don't know if my country has had a true despot as a leader. I don't believe many Americans have any experience with this.


message 34: by Joe (new)

Joe Valdez Fatima wrote: "This is one of my favorite reports you've written, Joe! I can't wait to give this book a reread soon."

Fatima, your comments encourage me to write longer and sillier book reports with the satisfaction that you will enjoy them. Thank you!


message 35: by Joe (new)

Joe Valdez Jennifer wrote: "It is now time that I really should read this."

Or you can watch the evening news. I prefer to read the book.


message 36: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Curie Aah, what a fun review!


message 37: by Basia (new)

Basia He loved Big Brother.
Joe!!! Brilliant review! Holy crap! You've outdone yourself, I'd say.


message 38: by Joe (last edited Jan 15, 2017 10:11AM) (new)

Joe Valdez Michelle wrote: "Aah, what a fun review!"

Thank you, Michelle! An exclamation point mark! That makes me happy!


message 39: by Joe (new)

Joe Valdez Basia wrote: "He loved Big Brother. Joe!!! Brilliant review! Holy crap! You've outdone yourself, I'd say."

Quite an unexpected outcome of events for Winston. Thank you, Basia. As always, your enthusiasm is infectious!


message 40: by Kaya (new)

Kaya This may sound pretentious, but I guess you have to be at certain stage of maturity to enjoy and fully understand this book. Too many important points are hidden between the lines.


message 41: by Joe (new)

Joe Valdez Kaya wrote: "This may sound pretentious, but I guess you have to be at certain stage of maturity to enjoy and fully understand this book. Too many important points are hidden between the lines."

I can fit all the books I wasn't mature enough to appreciate as a teenager into the Grand Canyon. You didn't sound pretentious at all, Kaya.


message 42: by Basia (new)

Basia Joe, very funny! I'd say maybe a smaller canyon somewhere ... a lesser known one. :)

But agreed! And to think I thought I knew stuff back then! HA!!!


message 43: by Basia (new)

Basia Kaya: my favorite book ever. I fell in love with it when I was 16. We just see different parts of the books as standing out to us during different periods of our lives. I've read it again a few times, and it's always wonderful. We, another book, also.


message 44: by Kaya (new)

Kaya Basia wrote: "Kaya: my favorite book ever. I fell in love with it when I was 16. We just see different parts of the books as standing out to us during different periods of our lives. I've read it again a few tim..."

You were lucky I suppose.
In my case, I've read The Picture of Dorian Gray in high school and hated it, then read it again two years ago and adored it.


message 45: by Gabrielle (new)

Gabrielle Wonderful and very insightful review, Joe! I also let a few years go between readings of 1984, and my perspective on it shifts a little it every time.


message 46: by Joe (new)

Joe Valdez Basia wrote: "Joe, very funny! I'd say maybe a smaller canyon somewhere ... a lesser known one. But agreed! And to think I thought I knew stuff back then! HA!!!"

You're so cute, Basia. You should visit the Grand Canyon with Ender and keep driving west until you hit water and then settle out here.


message 47: by Joe (new)

Joe Valdez Gabrielle wrote: "Wonderful and very insightful review, Joe! I also let a few years go between readings of 1984, and my perspective on it shifts a little it every time."

Thank you so much, Gabrielle. We have this in common. I'm a slow adapter who rarely takes recommendations if there's not something about it that connects with me personally. 90% of books seem to fall under that heading, but Orwell seems more prescient than ever.


message 48: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Wonderful review - I appreciated the chronology.


message 49: by Joe (new)

Joe Valdez Nancy wrote: "Wonderful review - I appreciated the chronology."

Thank you, Nancy. I'm so glad you enjoyed the book report.


message 50: by Ericka (new)

Ericka Clouther Time for me to reread this classic.


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