Don‘t need to imagine a boot- just watch the news.
Translation: “Until they become conscious they will never rebel and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious."
Dystopian Fiction & Science Fiction
9/3/2019 to 12/18/2019
I started reading the book but never got a chance to finish it.
Winston Smith is a low-ranking member of the ruling Party in London, in the nation of Oceania. His spirit broken, Winston is released to the outside world. He meets Julia but no longer feels anything for her. He has accepted the Party entirely and has learned to love Big Brother.
Weekly #Bookreport Loved HORRORSTÖR & Randomly read 1984 all the way through for the first time. Using it for #BBRC #unpopularopinion prompt because I was not crazy about it! The weekly #forecast is finishing up the Little Book of Hygge and starting The Color of Magic which I hope to use for the #neverendingseries prompt
1984 is a good book and a classic for a reason - it‘s packed full of interesting ideas. On the other hand, it‘s a bit frustrating. There‘s a textbook section in the middle that brings the whole thing to a crashing halt.
This was actually a reread (for my #modernlibrarytop100 challenge). I initially read it about 13 years ago, and as always with reading a book again, it was interesting to see which things stuck with me.
It's been such a long week and I'm pretty sure that I'm coming down with some sort of cold so I'm treating myself to a little pick-me-up of some filet mignon wrapped sushi & miso while reading 1984 on kindle app. This book is making me especially grateful for good food! This sure beats a lunch of pinkish stew and victory gin! 🥢🍣😍
I know I'm very late to this party. I'm not sure why I've never read this book. I'm quite a few pages in, and so far it is fascinating.
"Until they become conscious
they will never rebel,
and until after they have rebelled
they cannot become conscious."
This book still send chills down my spine when I think about it.
He knew that in the cubicle next to him the little woman with sandy hair toiled day in, day out, simply at tracking down and deleting from the press the names of people who had been vaporized and were therefore considered never to have existed. There was a certain #fitness in this, since her own husband had been vaporized a couple of years earlier.
The older I get the more respect I have for this book. I dont think i was old enough to appreciate it when i read it in HS. As an adult however i am able to appreciate the nuance of this book and the sutle things that happen that make this book so realistic and scary. Like O'Brien and his role in the party.
An important read for our time.
So i started reading this book and had a brief moment of panic right around the time winston starts to question the realty of what the world was like before the party took power. Because my brain was like: Did i really read this in HS or do i just think i read it because everyone read it in HS?!! How come i dont remember anything about this book... And then i remember human memory is totally fallible and that might be a useful tatic.
Definitely an apt read for the present times, though don‘t hope for answers to questions it leads you to ask. The despair I felt when I finished the book was like biting into a grapefruit - though you expect the sourness, it still hits surprisingly hard, and it‘s so deliciously sweet.
Spectacular. The way Orwell gives us futuristic view on totalitarianism is marvelous. A must read for all politically motivated people.
This isn't really related to this book at all but more my experience of reading in general maybe. After I finish this book... hopefully by the end of the week...this will be my 8th book read this year. I know to some that is hardly anything but to me it's an accomplishment. It's one book per month when last year and the beginning of this year I was struggling to be able to even concentrate long enough to read a page. Yay for small accomplishments
“Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows”.
Such a brilliant read. I was put off reading this after being forced to read ‘Animal Farm‘ in high school (I‘ve always resented being forced to read books not of my own choosing). Needless to say I‘m happy to have picked this up and forged ahead anyway. It is incredibly powerful, frighteningly insightful and so very relevant to our world today 👁
“If human equality is to be forever averted—if the High, as we have called them, are to keep their places permanently—then the prevailing mental condition must be controlled insanity.”
“The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake.”
“Power is not a means; it is an end. ....The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.”
“The essential act of war is destruction, not necessarily of human lives, but of the products of human labor. War is a way of shattering to pieces, or pouring into the stratosphere, or sinking in the depths of the sea, materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable, and hence, in the long run, too intelligent.”
1984 takes longer than I thought to read, but I‘ll finish up this morning. Between audiobook (I‘ll be there for you) and physical book, I read 4 hours yesterday. Not sure I like timing my reading.
#24b4monday #summersendreadathon @Clwojick