1984 by George Orwell

Goodreads description: "Portrays a terrifying vision of life in the future when a totalitarian government, considered a "Negative Utopia," watches over all citizens and directs all activities, becoming more powerful as time goes by."

This is this months book club choice. It's also one of my co-workers favorite books. It's in Chapters top twenty and currently sold out in most stores due to the high schools in this area making this book an assignment.

This is a classic. A different type of classic from my usual Jane Austen. And I have to say I am super glad it wasn't in Jane Austen style of writing, it is much more Americanized.

I finished this last night in the tub. I don't know how to review this book. I have very mixed feelings on it. Lets see.

I HATE HATE the ending GAH.

I loved loved the middle section.

I found it extremely hard to relate to the main character (come on his a thirty-nine year-old man... no connection there)

I can understand what the world is like, because as much as mine childhood wasn't quite that harsh, there are very many similarities. And I can totally see why my Dad freaks out about Big Brother watching.

I am extremely surprised the book even got published. For what is written in it, for it's time and even for people like my parents now, it is quite the extremist book.

I can't decide if I like it

George Orwell must have had a pretty fucked up childhood.

I am curious as to what people will say tonight at book club. It will be a very interesting. I am extremely interested to see what other people's thoughts are. One thing I am extremely interested in is what the High Schoolers are expected to write on this book. And well I definitely want to research George Orwell a little more to find out what he is like. My co-worker was saying that he based the book of his experience in boarding school. But I don't know that for a fact. I am also curious about what the Sparks Notes will say. I might just go find those again!

Happy Friday and good luck reading this weekend!

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