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review 2018-05-21 20:49
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell (audiobook)
Nineteen Eighty-Four - Simon Prebble,George Orwell

I've been meaning to reread this for a while and I'm glad I finally got around to it.

 

A lot has been said about this book, but I guess for me it represents an interesting way to look at human psychology and the nature of truth and doublethink (the cognitive dissonance is awesome). Really the only thing that is holding me back from giving it five stars is just how silly the whole romance with Julia is. Because the level of insta-love is extremely high. Oh well.

 

Simon Prebble's narration is really good, too.

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review 2018-05-03 19:42
1984 by George Orwell
Nineteen Eighty-Four - Simon Prebble,George Orwell

This book is quite terrifying. I think most everyone but me has read it or was forced to read it in high school. I was a delinquent student and missed out on this book somehow and decided to read it now. Don’t ask me why. It is perhaps a very bad time to decide to read this book about a world where Big Brother is watching your every move, history is being re-written on the daily and replaced with lies and where most everyone is just another cog in the wheel and basically a Sheeple obliviously going along with things.

 

Anyway, this book was pretty chilling and very readable except for the long winded section where the “hero” is reading the journal/book provided to him about the way of the world. I think that could’ve been tightened up as it repeated much of what the reader already knew but if you need to know all the details you’ll love this part. I wasn’t a fan of the “Newspeak” section at the end where it explains in great detail how language is being slaughtered to control the masses. I also didn’t like the “hero” but I don’t think I was supposed to. In this world no one can be trusted and he is a rather weak and loathsome creature. He’s married, hasn’t a clue where his wife ended up and doesn’t really seem to care, he cheats and he sees a young woman and fears her because she is part of the Thought Police but secretly he wants to hurt and rape her. Ugh, what a loathsome creature. Did I say that already? Despite his distasteful personality and all of my complaints, I think you should read this if you haven’t already because it tackles the absolute absurdity of allowing government complete control over every aspect of your life.

 

The audiobook version I listened to as narrated by Simon Prebble who does an excellent job.

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text 2018-05-02 16:16
Reading progress update: I've read 75%.
Nineteen Eighty-Four - Simon Prebble,George Orwell

Apparently the news isn't scary enough for me.

 

 

 

HIstory is being re-written on the daily, everyone, even kids (especially kids) are spies, women are all part of the Thought Police, our "hero" is scared of them but secretly wants to rape & hurt them, Big Brother controls everything we do. Yikes, it's a terrible time to be reading this book for the first time.

 

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review 2018-04-08 16:16
Interesting collection of Orwell miscellany
The Lost Orwell: Being a Supplement to The Complete Works of George Orwell - Peter Hobley Davison,George Orwell

The publication of the 20-volume Complete Works of George Orwell in 1998 offered readers a then-definitive collection of the many writings of this great author.  Nearly everything he wrote was printed in its pages, with notes and explanations provided by the editor, Peter Davison, that made it an indispensable resource for fans of Orwell.  Since then, however, new items has been brought to Davison’s attention, items which he is presenting in this follow-up volume.

 

The material is divided into five sections: correspondence between Orwell and Rene-Noel Raimbault (the French translator of Down and Out in Paris and London), letters between Orwell’s first wife Eileen and her friend Norah Myles, new information about Orwell’s friend George Kopp, summaries of Orwell’s letters to Brenda Salkend (which are still unreleased but were utilized by Gordon Bowker in his recent biography of the author), a collection of other letters from other sources, and additional articles and supplementary material, including the notorious list of suspected Communists and fellow-travelers that Orwell prepared before his death.  Notes are provided for all of these, as are corrections to errata contained in the earlier 20-volume set.

 

Though individually relatively insignificant, combined the new material is a treasure trove of detail about the life and personality of this fascinating author.  Containing items such as the C. D. Darlington correspondence (which offers some idea as to when Orwell began work on Nineteen Eighty-Four) it is a informative guide to better understanding the man and his work, one supplemented by Davison’s editing, which continues the high standards set in the Collected Works.  This is a must-have volume for owners of the earlier collection, and an interesting read for anyone interested in Orwell and his works.

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review 2018-03-23 00:00
1984
1984 - George Orwell ...more relevant than ever! Everyone should read this at least once in their lives! It should also be mandatorily read in school (this counts for Austria, as I don't think students have to read this here).
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