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text 2019-03-26 11:08
Reading progress update: I've read 25%.
1984 - George Orwell

I was dismissed from jury duty. I can't discuss details but it was a 1st degree murder charge. I was not okay with having that much pressure, especially when they said they would have us watch an actual video of the crime. I told them truthfully that I would have nightmares if forced to see that.

 

For once, my mental health issues paid off. Plus, those chairs were killing me.

 

Back to the book, this is really a scary thing, given the world we live in.

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text 2019-03-25 16:04
Reading progress update: I've read 20%.
1984 - George Orwell I'm reading this while on jury duty. Is that irony? I'm sitting in the main room awaiting selection. It's boring. I'm sleepy and hungry and I hate downtown. Also this book is frightening.
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review 2019-01-26 01:00
Review of Why I Write by George Orwell
Why I Write - George Orwell

This was my first non-fiction read of George Orwell.  He is an outstanding writer with a clear style.  The main essay in this book looks at the character of English people and English society during the time of World War II.  I have read quite a bit about World War II, but the insights from a key commentator and figure of the time about British society was fascinating.  I will be looking to read more of his work moving forward.

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review 2018-08-31 06:48
1984 by George Orwell
1984 - George Orwell
This may be more timely then when it was written.  Winston Smith is not following the Party's rhetoric.  He is thinking and realizes he has other memories and thoughts than what the Party wants good Party members to have.  He finally sees a way to rebel but the Party gets to him.
 
There is so much in this book.  It is a story of a regimen that controls everything including people's thoughts.  It is also a story that can be likened to our day and society.  Power and money are held by a few who control everything.  Winston thinks the proles will one day rise up but those in power know they won't because they don't think for themselves.  They listen to what the Party tells them and believe it and never question it.  Those in the Outer Circle of the Party believe what is told them also.  If they are caught thinking and remembering other pasts, they are arrested and tortured, reeducated, and eventually murdered so that they fall back into the Party line.  I thought Winston would make it.  I hoped Winston would make it.  But the Party got him.  It broke my heart.
 
This is my first time reading 1984.  I have to admit I wish I could write an essay about it and how our politics and society are becoming what Orwell was warning us about.  He talks about the technology, the oligarchy, the Newspeak used, emotions voided, everyone thinking the same, .  I see it so much of his vision happening today.  We grow further apart from one another.  We use technology instead of communicating face to face.  Families are broken and fewer marry and have children.  Education becomes rote because of teaching to tests.  1% of the population has more money than over half the lower income people.  Corporations have more rights than people.  Wages have frozen and backslid because of rising costs of housing, transportation, and food.  The government does not help the proles.  It keeps them downtrodden and poor.  So much could be expanded upon.
 
I also enjoyed this book because it made me think.  It used 50 cent words.  I had to use a dictionary.  I haven't had to do that for a while.  It is not a book I will forget any time soon.  If you haven't read it, I urge you to read it.  Wow!
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review 2018-08-27 22:49
British Big Brother: "Nineteen Eighty-Four" by George Orwell
1984 - George Orwell

Do you think it matters greatly that Orwell may have plagearised a good portion of "Nineteen Eighty-Four" because of the significance of the novel? Funny how soon this novel has passed the 60 years mark and we're just now "finding this all out". In our world - the age of the internet, it seems these things are found out immediately.

 

I was always aware that "Nineteen Eighty-Four" was about Russia/Soviet Union given his experience fighting on the communist side during the Spanish Civil War and all that entailed. Due to the Stalinists executing the Trotskyites (the POUM) on whose side Orwell fought, he left Spain after almost being murdered himself disillusioned with Communism altogether.

 

 

 

Read on, if you feel like it.

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