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Subject: 1984 Tell Me About This Book
Date Posted: 9/7/2010 12:38 AM ET
Member Since: 8/30/2010
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Hi everyone I have been looking at this book online but have no clue what the book is really about. I wanted to ask if anyone can tell me what 1984 is really about and if its really worth reading?

I've tried to get some info off of amazon.com on the book but really Im not getting much other then a few different copies out due to being reprinted for years. I guess?

Thanks everyone for any help you can give me on this book.

Date Posted: 9/7/2010 10:50 AM ET
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Kevin,

As an English education major and a voracious reader, I still didn't read this book until the past year.  And, even then, I listened to an unabridged audio copy of it.  When I've only listened to a book, I hate to give a recommendation either way because I find that I can tune out parts of an audio book even more than scanning parts of a regular book (as in some part that I didn't find important or interesting).  However, I'll have to tell you that I believe it's a book that needs to be read, even if only because of so many references to in in all parts of life.

It's the story of a suppposed future where the government watches, listens, and controls almost everything that one does.  It tells of one guy (and his girl) who try to buck the system.  That's enough said without trying to give it away.  You can google the book and get more but that might ruin your reading of it.

Date Posted: 9/7/2010 6:10 PM ET
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Hi Kevin,

Vivian wrote a good, basic summation of story. I thought 1984 was an excellent book. It is a grim but thought-provoking read as well as a social criticism of the time during which it was written.

Orwell was opposed to totalitarianism and this novel was his argument against it.

 

Date Posted: 9/7/2010 6:22 PM ET
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Thank you Vivian and Sheila I think it is one that I will check out. I know its one that I have been looking at for awhile now. I think its time I just get it and read it.

Thanks everyone.

Date Posted: 9/12/2010 5:10 PM ET
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When reading 1984, be sure to remain mindful of the time it was written.  1949, post WWII. Scary times. Then again, it's always scary times.



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Date Posted: 9/12/2010 5:47 PM ET
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TomeTrader thanks. I read the book On The Beach it was done sometime after WWII and I had to keep remember the terms they used where old terms. It was a good book but dated but one that I was glad I read.

Date Posted: 9/12/2010 9:02 PM ET
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I almost ordered On the Beach, but instead I got Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank because it was available here at PBS unlike Beach.  Both books are popular among the apocalyptic fans.  Alas, Babylon was pretty dated as well, still fun to read.

Date Posted: 9/12/2010 9:34 PM ET
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Im a big fan of apocalyptic books. This one was good but not a lot of action and it was a different take on things. I liked it and fill its a classic and its been in print since I think 1956.

I have the book but I have not listed it yet as one of the sites I belonge to has a small book exchange and another member wanted it. That was two weeks ago and I have not heard from him. I will send a quick pm to see if he still wants it if not I can list here and if you want it let me know.

I will give 1984 a try later and see how I like it.

I like to read a book that has a lot of action then one that is a slower read and then go back to a faster book.