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Title: 1984 by George Orwell
Post by: Colleen on April 28, 2006, 08:56:57 pm

i'm reading this book right now for school. its really...quite interesting to say the least. reading about a dystopia (whoa...vocabulary word. lol) is very thought-provoking. i've gotten so used to reading books about utopias, like in The Giver, that it just makes the world Orwell has created seem even more horrific.

i'm only about half way through, but i've read sparknotes ( :-X :-[) and i know how it all ends. but i'm still going to finish reading it because my English teacher says the 3rd section is the best.

has anyone else read this book? any thoughts/comments?

Title: Re:1984 by George Orwell
Post by: curious bout efans on April 28, 2006, 09:45:56 pm

I first read this book in eight grade and it sorta spooked me. It was compared a lot to Brave New World (by A. Huxley). I didn't find them to be the same so much - I liked 1984 a lot better. I mean, I read it again about a year ago and I got more out of it - especially the ending, where it's like, sad but I understand it more now.

Basically, it's a disturbing book but it's executed so well that I'd highly reccomend it to others.

Though I do feel a bit of a sap for having faith in O'Brien (I think that was his name, anyway).

Title: Re:1984 by George Orwell
Post by: arvven_85 on April 30, 2006, 06:50:21 pm

I've read this book a couple of years ago. It is really weird. It was when the Big Brother reality show came for the first time to my country, and my Polish teacher said, that this show is a little based on "1984". So I and my two friends read it, and one liked it, second didn't like it, and me?... hmm... it was really weird book. ::)

I loved the parts with creating this minimalistic (sorry about my english..) vocabulary.

Title: Re:1984 by George Orwell
Post by: Miss ANna on May 01, 2006, 06:56:45 am

i read it a few months ago and loved it. it totally blew my mind! George Orwell is so brilliant! all his books just totally invigorate me!
i also loved the newspeak thing... it reminds me of text messages these days. The only bit i struggled through was the revolutionary's book. that part was painful. but i loved the rest! i loved the ending too... even though it was so sad!

Title: Re:1984 by George Orwell
Post by: Enara on May 01, 2006, 07:00:29 am

[color=Blue]Ive read both 1984 and Brave New World, and love the two of them...
Brilliant and inspiring stories. I love science-fiction because sets up questions and situations that may happen... I like how it pushes me to think on that... [/color]

Title: Re:1984 by George Orwell
Post by: Poopsmith on May 11, 2006, 07:37:41 pm

I read 1984 this year and I really really liked it. Maybe not the plot so much and the characters, but the idea of the Ingsoc society and how Big Brother may not even exist, and how they convince people to forget when they change enemies. I dont' understand why the book is compared to Brave New World because although they're both about "controlled societies," they seem to me to be discussing different themes. Then again, maybe I'm dumb.

Title: Re:1984 by George Orwell
Post by: jennilisanne on July 15, 2006, 08:08:36 am

I finished that a few weeks ago, and er, well, it wasn't my kind of thing. It was ok, but the end chapter was so, randomly stupid it ruined it for me, plus it was so far fetched!

But I'm still heading on to Animal Farm in a bit!

Title: Re:1984 by George Orwell
Post by: tafika on November 24, 2006, 06:52:30 pm

I've just picked this one up.
My Dad bought it for me for Christmas a few years ago, but I never got round to reading it until now.
We were given a list of books at uni, and had to read one. I chose this one simply because I already had it, and so therefore wouldn't have to spend money I didn't really have on a new book (gotta love being a student ::))
Anyway, it's going good so far.
A few chapters in.
I know I'll enjoy it to the end, because I like this kind of thing, and I've heard so much about it in retellings, reviews, and other such larks.

Title: Re:1984 by George Orwell
Post by: jubeth on November 25, 2006, 01:43:29 am

I read it years ago....I enjoyed it at the time but found it very difficult to follow in parts.

Title: Re:1984 by George Orwell
Post by: eLijAhZpuMpKiNlOvE on November 26, 2006, 06:35:12 pm

I'd been meaning to read it for ages, and finally did so a few weeks ago. I loved it. Dystopian novels are love, ahahha. It's one of my favourite books, though I have to say, I enjoyed "Brave New World" by good old Aldous a bit more. Still, it was brilliant.

Has anyone else read "Animal Farm"? Loved it.

Title: Re:1984 by George Orwell
Post by: jubeth on November 27, 2006, 06:11:31 am

I've read Animal Farm. I got on with it much better than with 1984, I loved it in fact.


Title: Re:1984 by George Orwell
Post by: Zip on December 07, 2006, 03:30:40 am

Me, too, Jubeth.
I had this period a couple of years back, when I was deeply into Radiohead, and I learned that Thom York (who writes most of their songs) finds inspiration in science fiction literature. I read them all, and I have to agree - I found 1984 difficult on various levels, but brilliant none the less. I liked Animal Farm more, though. Brave New World is a masterpice.

What is great about those books is that they make you think, even if you like it or not.

Title: Re:1984 by George Orwell
Post by: potatoes on January 07, 2007, 12:38:44 am

Ive read 1984 and ive seen the movie too
i found it really interesting and sometimes a little hard to carry on with but if you keep going near to the end is the very best part :)

hope you enoy it

if you like it the movie it good too

Title: Re:1984 by George Orwell
Post by: CoolFrodo on January 07, 2007, 04:33:37 pm

it'a a fantastic book. I had read it last year for my Uni course

Its eerie because its so contemporary and real to the present day political situations for example when America attacked Iraq the first reason were the weapons of mass destruction but where are they now? Next it was said to liberate Iraq from Saddam so now he has been hanged but has it changed anything. Recently, the toll of dead U.S.soldiers has increased more than the 9/11 victims.

Later it was proclaimed that Al-Qaedia have a connection with Saddam
but it is widely known that Osama bin Laden and Saddam didn't look eye-to-eye.

I was watching Fehrenheit 9/11 and it showed how common American people were emotionally blackmailed through media about the threat from Saddam and weapons. Quite similar to the propoganda in 1984.

Also such kind of propoganda been used in my country as well by politicians. So, that's why 1984 is true to nearly every country's modern political system

I read a history book contemporary to the writing of this book i.e.around World War I/II where there were such things going on as it has been portrayed in the book.

I have read Animal Farm as well which is also a brilliant book.

Title: Re:1984 by George Orwell
Post by: Caz on January 13, 2007, 05:44:36 pm


on 1146481005, *ANna* wrote:
The only bit i struggled through was the revolutionary's book. that part was painful.


same here, but as for the rest of the book, i loved it! i could hardly put it down - only if i had to for things like sleeping and attending lectures. ;) i have had this book on my shelf for a few years and only got around to reading it this week. :-[ that's an interesting analogy between text messages and newspeak. :)

Title: Re:1984 by George Orwell
Post by: frodomyhero on January 14, 2007, 03:20:45 pm

I read 1984 at a different time than most of you........ (over 20 years ago)
Like then as now. It is disturbing but makes people realize "what if........' and now more than ever .... it CAN really happen...

Title: Re:1984 by George Orwell
Post by: Caz on January 19, 2007, 07:36:32 pm

Frodo: reading your comment makes me wonder how I would have felt reading this intense book at that time.. probably just as worried.

Title: Re:1984 by George Orwell
Post by: frodomyhero on January 20, 2007, 12:18:06 am

[quote author=Carina link=board=17;threadid=30437;start=15#msg1072940 date=1169253392]
Frodo: reading your comment makes me wonder how I would have felt reading this intense book at that time.. probably just as worried.
[/quote]

Hi CARINA!!
:-* :-* :-*

Yes.......sad to say ........ it is painfully profetic.(sp?)

Title: Re:1984 by George Orwell
Post by: awesome on January 31, 2007, 02:26:21 pm

as for me, I ve read this books couple of weeks ago - interesting but very depressive I must say. When reading it I saw a perverted model of the Soviet Union...especially the Stalin's times. And reading about tortures - was really hard

Title: Re:1984 by George Orwell
Post by: doxiegrl1 on February 26, 2007, 05:58:56 pm

[quote author=Moonlit Sky link=board=17;threadid=30437;start=0#msg1006035 date=1146272217]
i've gotten so used to reading books about utopias, like in The Giver, that it just makes the world Orwell has created seem even more horrific.
[/quote]

Whoa, maybe it's just me, but I saw The Giver as a complete dystopia. The characters had no free will in their lives. It's very akin to 1984, I though.

Title: Re:1984 by George Orwell
Post by: MermaidBia on March 16, 2007, 12:04:49 pm

I catch myself reading this book from time to time just for the sheer thrill - it's incredibly well-written, and also frighteningly well-thought out. Simply pulls you in, you know? Way too many utopia/dystopia books get too hooked on their message and plain forget that they're telling a story and developing characters (which is why Lord of the Flies needs to curl up and die, in my opinion) but George Orwell managed it fantastically in this book. I also read Brave New World recently (found it on my sis's bookshelf) and I think the two cannot really be compared save for the subject matter - Brave New World has a frighteningly good, intense premise (almost made me vomit because it was so vivid) but later on it all falls apart when it comes to developing a character for Bernard. Was it Bernard? Something with B...

Just my two cents.

Title: Re:1984 by George Orwell
Post by: eLijAhZpuMpKiNlOvE on April 04, 2007, 08:32:58 am

I now own 1984. I am glad. I will read it again, but after I've finished with Crime and Punishment, and Trainspotting.


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