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review 2017-03-04 12:36
Book Review: Animal Farm by George Orwell
Animal Farm - George Orwell

I'm usually the girl who doesn't like the classics, but in this case, I really liked this book. Well, I say I liked it, but what I really mean is that it was easy reading with a compelling story. It's just so depressing actually. Yes, it's a satire on communism in Russia, but it's so bloody spot on that it's relevant in many more places these days.

I've always thought the basic principles of communism sounds great. I mean, what is bad about equality? But it's when it goes wrong, which inevitably it does, that it turns into a shitstorm. It seems like humanity is doomed... by human nature :(

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text 2017-02-13 21:13
Reading progress update: I've read 342 out of 342 pages.
Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell

Good grief! This has to be one of the scariest books I have ever read in my entire life.

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text 2017-02-11 15:49
Reading progress update: I've read 145 out of 342 pages.
Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell

It´s my first time reading 1984 and it´s quite a disturbing and gloomy read (as gloomy as the winter weather here in Schleswig-Holstein). But so far I really like it.


On another note: I have sewn a book pillow for myself today (the last time I used a sewing machine must have been in 1995). So I´m very pleased that I managed to do it and that it looks like this:


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review 2017-02-10 16:16
Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell
Down and Out in Paris and London - George Orwell

I recently decided that I’m going to read all of George Orwell’s works this year. I’ve already read 1984 and Animal Farm (which I loved) and decided this would be the first book of his I tackled this year.


Down and Out in Paris and London is semi-autobiographical. It’s about the time Orwell spent in Paris and London out of work. Apparently the events described happened, but not in the order they’re related.


Firstly it tracks his time in Paris in the early 1900’s when he’s out of work and struggling to survive. He not only captures the harshness of poverty, but tells some very personal tales about the people he meets, making the book more human. During the latter section of this first part he secures work in a restaurant and describes the workings of such an establishment. He also relates the harshness of work as a plongeur (as he was) and the hierarchical structure.


At roughly halfway through he travels to London, his home, under the promise of a job. However, this job is delayed by a month and he subsequently has to survive thirty days in poverty.


The degradation and harshness of poverty was fully explored, but related in sparse prose meaning that it was always readable, even though it was emotionally charged. This sparse style is what made it so readable, but also its downfall as I felt removed at times.


I loved how vile circumstances were made more palatable by the addition of human stories. These stories were at times hilarious and heartfelt.


Orwell, being known for his political views, advocated his own solution to part of the poverty problem, informed by what he witnessed in London. It was nice to see how he would tackle societal problems as it gave more of an indication of Orwell the man.

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quote 2017-01-28 07:35
"Who controls the past," ran the Party slogan, "controls the future: who controls the present controls the present." And yet the past, though of its nature alterable, never had been altered. Whatever was true now was true from everlasting to everlasting. It was quite simple. All that was needed was an unending series of victories over your own memory.
1984 - George Orwell,Erich Fromm

Scary how fiction can sometimes apply to current events, isn't it? With all of the "alternative facts" stuff going through the media, social media included, right now, this quote stuck out to me as being unbelievably relevant. Those in control of the government in the book are seeking to control what is perceived as true through careful control of the past, the present, and the future.


Yes, for the record, I am reading this because many are reading this. I am also reading it because I haven't before and always meant to do so. I think it's an important book, and now is probably a pretty critical time to read and understand anything involving mass control over what we, the general public and perceived plebeians, understand to be true.


Reading is very, very important, whether you want to admit it or not. It allows for the challenging of one's thoughts and opinions, opens the mind up to different ideas, and feeds the brain to keep it from falling into complacency and disuse. Empathy grows with the reading of fiction, as does how we understand the world. Politics have always and will always play a significant role in fiction.


Read as much as you can.

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