Nineteen eighty-four

Nineteen eighty-four

Postby Sionnach Glic » Sun Sep 21, 2008 3:25 pm

I'm currently in the middle of rereading this. Anyone else read it? What did you think?
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Re: Nineteen eighty-four

Postby Captain Seafort » Sun Sep 21, 2008 3:27 pm

Pretty good. Not the best book I've ever read, but it's a good read, with a few interesting concepts.
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Re: Nineteen eighty-four

Postby Teaos » Sun Sep 21, 2008 3:38 pm

When it first came out it was probably ground breaking and amazing, now that I have read other similar things it is just an ok read. I wouldnt re read it.
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Re: Nineteen eighty-four

Postby Reliant121 » Sun Sep 21, 2008 3:47 pm

i've not read it, but one of my schools english teachers, Mrs. Mckeenan (Arsy, no sense of humour hypocrit) told me that i should read it.
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Re: Nineteen eighty-four

Postby kostmayer » Sun Sep 21, 2008 4:23 pm

I liked it, but re-reading it now it seems a bit cliched.

Fatherland - by Robert Harris, depicted a totalitarian state much more believably for me.

Also, Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five is a fantastic song by Wings.
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Re: Nineteen eighty-four

Postby Graham Kennedy » Sun Sep 21, 2008 6:18 pm

Reliant121 wrote:i've not read it, but one of my schools english teachers, Mrs. Mckeenan (Arsy, no sense of humour hypocrit) told me that i should read it.


And not a very good teacher, it seems. :) :happydevil:
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Re: Nineteen eighty-four

Postby Reliant121 » Sun Sep 21, 2008 6:30 pm

mrs. Mckeenan is such a hypocrit! She told someone In my class to get a sense of humour. SHE CAN BLOODY TALK! She has the same personality disposition as a world war I dreadnought.
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Re: Nineteen eighty-four

Postby Deepcrush » Mon Sep 22, 2008 6:05 am

Works well for toilet paper, thats about it.
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Re: Nineteen eighty-four

Postby Mikey » Mon Sep 22, 2008 4:14 pm

Are we talking about Orwell's 1984? I haven't read it in literally about 20 years, but I enjoyed it. However, it's not paramount sci-fi - it's far better from a general writing standpoint than a sci-fi standpoint; Orwell is a little too steadfast and obvious in his opinions to make it as great from the dystopian aspect as, say, Fahrenheit 451.
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Re: Nineteen eighty-four

Postby shran » Tue Sep 23, 2008 11:00 am

Another tip fro 1984 fans would be a short stroy from a Dutch writer, called Ferdinand Bordewijk. He wrote it with two other stories in a single volume. the titles of these stories are Blokken, Knorrende Beesten and Bint. If you can, read them in Dutch, because it will probably be boring if you read a translation. It is the same kind of absolute superstate as seen in 1984, butwith even less personality in it. Although it may sound dull (it actually is) it is still in certain aspects, an interesting book to read.
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Re: Nineteen eighty-four

Postby Tsukiyumi » Tue Sep 30, 2008 6:43 am

shran wrote:...If you can, read them in Dutch, because it will probably be boring if you read a translation...


As soon as I learn to read Dutch, I'll check it out. :wink: :P
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Re: Nineteen eighty-four

Postby shran » Thu Oct 02, 2008 9:05 am

i'd be willing to help you on that one :P
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Re: Nineteen eighty-four

Postby Enkidu » Mon Oct 06, 2008 8:26 pm

It's a good book, but depressing in it's lack of hope. Orwell was dying when he wrote it, and much of what he believed in had failed. Unlike many other socialists of the era, he saw that the great communist experiment of the USSR had led to a terrible dictatorship, and his forthright criticisms had led to him been somewhat frozen out by his fellow leftists. I kind of picked up a vibe of despair when I read the book, which saddens me as I rather admire Orwell and wish his passing had been a bit happier, if you see what I mean.
It's worth reading some of his other stuff, as well. I rather enjoy some of his journalistic writing such as Homage to Catalonia and Down and Out In Paris And London, with thier crisp style and dry wit.
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