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Book Review: 1984 (Orwell)

Have I read this before: Yup. I want to say high school or the first year of college, but I actually have no idea. 

Review: This wasn’t quite as I remembered it, but was a good re-read. I love how so many ideas and concepts of this book are still used (Big Brother, 2 + 2 = 5, thoughtcrime, etc.). Hell, Muse has an album that mentions 1984 concepts throughout (“Resistance”). And we all know I love Muse.

I don’t really have too much to say about this one; it’s definitely a classic and one that I think most people have read. But if you haven’t, read it! It’s both terrifying and fascinating on a lot of different levels.

Favorite part: 

“He turned over toward the light and lay gazing into the glass paperweight. The inexhaustibly interesting thing was not the fragment of coral but the interior of the glass itself. There was such a depth of it, and yet it was almost as transparent as air. It was as though the surface of the glass had been the arch of the sky, enclosing a tiny world with its atmosphere complete.”

I just thought that was a particularly striking paragraph.

The interrogation/torture scenes at the end were also one of my favorite parts.

Rating: 6/10

Book Review: Animal Farm (Orwell)

It’s Orwell time!

Have I read this before: Yes, but a loooong time ago. Like 8th grade or something. I didn’t really remember it very well.

Review: Really, now that I think about it, re-reading this was basically like reading it for the first time, ‘cause I didn’t remember a damn thing from the first time I read it, apart from the characters all being animals and one of them being named Napoleon. But yeah, it’s a good book. Everything escelated very quickly once the animals got control of the farm, but I guess I’d rather have that in a rather short book than have it drawn out too long in a longer book.

Favorite part: I like the repetition throughout the story. By that, I mean not only the repetition of some of the animals’ phrases/songs, but also the repetition of how the pigs justified their actions, how the “all animals are equal” and the Seven Commandments are slowly altered. Very cool.

Rating: 6/10