Friday, September 2, 2011

1984 by George Orwell

From Goodreads: Written in 1948, 1984 was George Orwell's chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, Orwell's narrative is timelier than ever. 1984 presents a startling and haunting vision of the world, so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the power of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of multiple generations of readers, or the resiliency of its admonitions a legacy that seems only to grow with the passage of time.

Summer reading for Teen = summer reading for Mom too. I read the paperback. For Teen we originally bought the paperback, then we bought the Kindle edition, then we bought the Cliff's Notes, and finally we downloaded it off of and he listened. World's most expensive summer reading book ever!

I thought it was a pretty good read; often times, the Classics leave me cold but this one held my attention throughout (with one small exception, I really wanted to find out what would happen to the characters. Interesting to me that the dystopia that is all the rage now, is preceded by this book from 50+ years ago! I skipped over a hunk of "the book" within the book - man, that was D-R-Y! Skipping that bit didn't seem to keep me from understanding and enjoying the rest of the book so no guilt here. I am certainly glad that this version of 1984 didn't come to reality and now I know the whole story behind "Big Brother is watching you!" One more classic I can check off my list!

This works for these challenges..

1 comment:

bermudaonion said...

I read this in high school, but am sure I would get much more out of it today, especially since I don't remember much of it.