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1984 by George Orwell
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Orwell obviously has some interesting ideas about society (looking at the governments' role in society, freedom vs. control, etc.). There's a reason this book is so often taught in schools and why the term "Big Brother" became such a well-known part of the English lexicon. Keeping citizens under complete surveillance, building a society based on hate, the need for constant warfare, the ability to erase and manipulate history (and thus manipulate people's memories) . . . So many great, thought-provoking ideas!

Unfortunately, I don't think the rest of the novel really lives up to Orwell's premise. The characters are not very thoroughly described, so I didn't feel much of a connection to their actions and goals. The plot is not very well-paced (the first 100 pages are boring set-up, the middle contains a huge chunk of text from a book a character is reading, etc.). By the end, I didn't even care what happened to Winston.

I also wasn't sure I completely understood the society. (view spoiler).

Still a really interesting idea. I think I prefer "Brave New World" though.

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Reading Progress

April 21, 2012 – Started Reading
April 21, 2012 – Shelved
May 8, 2012 – Finished Reading

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