- I've never read 1984. Should I?
I make a point of avoiding any book that’s on a school reading list. Way to kill a good read is make it obligatory.
And “good book” recommendations create their own inertia.
EDIT: I confess that I’m only seemingly educated.
I reckon Road to Wigan Pier and Down and out in Paris and London are better books, but they’re not on the curriculum.Posted 3 years agoTheBrickMember
Its never going to be the book but this was quite good when it was on the radioPosted 3 years ago
Yes. Absolute belter of a book.
One thing I find interesting is the way we’ve kind of willingly given up our privacy rather than it being taken away. Yes, there’s the ever-encroaching & expanding CCTV/police powers, New Labour trying it on with ID cards etc, but mostly we give it up gladly through social media/mobile phones/GPS etc etc.Posted 3 years agorighogSubscriber
I reckon Road to Wigan Pier and Down and out in Paris and London are better books, but they’re not on the curriculum.
That reminds me, I have yet to read Down and out in Paris and London 😳
There’s a line in in the Road to Wigan pier that I think about very often and its over 20 years since I read it.
Edit: I Think A Brave New world ( Aldous Huxley) is a good companion read to 1984 ( BNW was a School read for me 1984 was not)Posted 3 years agoGarry_LagerSubscriber
Phenomenal book – I read it relatively recently, as it goes, and I’m sort of glad I swerved it as a youth. It’s heavy shit.
Shame you can’t do spoiler boxes here as there’s parts of the second half that I’ve often wondered about – Orwell seemed to introduce a theme that seemed out of step with the rest of the novel.Posted 3 years agoninfanMember
I’m glad someone has mentioned Road to Wigan Pier, the first half is an amazing piece of social commentary, though in some respects Priestleys ‘English Journey’ is a broader reflection on the lot of the working classes at the time. Second half of WP is a bit more confusing, you can make your own mind up.
Down and out is amazing as a piece of journalism
The whole lot, including the essays, are available to all free online
for what its worth, I think that reading his work chronologically gives you a really good feel for the ‘journey’ and helps you appreciate how his ideas formed better.Posted 3 years agoCletusMember
Well worth reading. If you have a kindle you might want to think about getting the complete novels for £8.99
It is strange that Orwell no longer seems to be on the school syllabus. I am a fan of most of the American authors (Steinbeck etc.) that are taught nowadays but I kind of agree with the recent POV that British authors should be on the syllabus in British schools.Posted 3 years agogirlonwheelsMember
Love it! Sign up to this forum, first thread I see is about one of my favourite books of all time! Yes, you should read this and read it for the cautionary tale Orwell intended. After, read Huxley’s Brave New World and conduct a mental comparison. I would be interested in which one you (or anyone else) prefer…
Happy reading!Posted 3 years agotinribzMember
Picked it off a shelf at some student lodgings age 17 first classic I ever read and it really shaped the way I thought ever since.
With much of it is so ingrained in popular culture, Orwellian, newspeak, proles, Big Brother, room 101 it would probably read as a Cliché now. Especially with technology having since led to much of the surveillance culture having actually become realised.Posted 3 years agoninfanMember
Stoner – yes, its the fact that they’re not fantasy but true reflections of the conditions endured at that time that makes them all the more powerful, for example I think his writing in Wigan Pier about the role of chips, sugar and white bread remains astonishingly pertinent today with the junk food debate
I’d really stress to all the importance of not overlooking the essays – ‘A hanging’ is just remarkablePosted 3 years ago
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