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Serena Huang (marrykatebush) | 259 comments This is to discuss book 2 of 1984.


Serena Huang (marrykatebush) | 259 comments Ok, I totally skim over the 20 some odd pages of "The Book", it was boring and I didn't think it'd affect the story... Has anyone read that part all the way through?


Julie S. I read through it when I read the story. I thought that the fact that Winston was reading it was more interseting than the actual content. However, the content was still good for the story. It's been a while since I read 1984, but doesn't Winston say something like "a good book tells you stuff that you already know and simply confimrs it"?


Serena Huang (marrykatebush) | 259 comments True. And I think that might be the reason why I found that part dry and boring-it IS stuff I (or him) already know and simply confirms it. I did glance at it more intensely one more time after I finished the book, and I do find the part about "doublethink" pretty interesting.


Barbara (barbarasc) | 168 comments I started out thinking I would read "The Book" but after a few pages I skimmed through it as well. It was very boring, and I felt it really slowed the entire story down. Even Julia fell asleep when Winston was reading it aloud to her!!!


Satia Serena wrote: "Ok, I totally skim over the 20 some odd pages of "The Book", it was boring and I didn't think it'd affect the story... Has anyone read that part all the way through?"

I read it page for page for page. Every friggin' word of it.

It reminds me of other novels I've read by socialists. The Golden Notebook and Native Son come immediately to mind. It's seems typical of the era that the novelists use the story as a means to communicate their political views, a sort of prosetylizing. Earlier novels, like Hard Times and The Jungle were no less "preachy" but I don't think either took so much time to say what they wanted to say. It definitely slowed down the overall narrative, to say the least.


Satia Barbara wrote: "I started out thinking I would read "The Book" but after a few pages I skimmed through it as well. It was very boring, and I felt it really slowed the entire story down. Even Julia fell asleep when..."

I fell asleep too. But when I woke up the next day, I read the rest. It actually is very interesting and I found myself thinking of contemporary examples of how politicians have done precisely what "The Book" says those in power will do, how to control society and the role of the proletariat, etc.

Obviously, the rhetoric, though tedious to read, is fundamental to the novel and it puts later events, especially part 3, into context.


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