1984, by George Orwell

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Re: 1984, by George Orwell

Post by The Xeno » Wed Jul 25, 2007 6:01 pm

omg i did this book for my novel study in grade 10,

I think I read it on my own just for fun when I was 13-14...?
Granted, I had read animal farm much, much earlier, at an age when perhaps the novelty of the talking animals overshadowed the more subtle plots - and was thus predisposed to liking Orwell.

Eh, you should give it another go at some point - Cliff notes exist for Shakespear and Emma, Sparknotes for Tolstoy and Rabelais, and specialist forums for Dostoevsky and Einstein - but for a novel... Meh. :)
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Re: 1984, by George Orwell

Post by Apollo » Wed Jul 25, 2007 8:43 pm

You don't really need Cliff's Notes for Emma. Just watch "Clueless" Believe it or not; it is a modern day adaptation.

And Xeno - I agree - Animal Farm for me led to other Orwell works. But I was led to AF when I saw the movie as a child, of course understanding not one whit. Did anyone ever see the movie they made of 1984 with John Hurt? Not bad...but not great either.
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Re: 1984, by George Orwell

Post by Mordack » Tue Nov 04, 2008 3:34 am

Apollo wrote:You don't really need Cliff's Notes for Emma. Just watch "Clueless" Believe it or not; it is a modern day adaptation.

And Xeno - I agree - Animal Farm for me led to other Orwell works. But I was led to AF when I saw the movie as a child, of course understanding not one whit. Did anyone ever see the movie they made of 1984 with John Hurt? Not bad...but not great either.


I thought the casting of Richard Burton as O'Brien was a great casting choice in that film. Very well acted.

The film 'Brazil' also reminded me a great deal of 1984 - anybody else familiar with it?
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Re: 1984, by George Orwell

Post by Bad Wolf » Mon Mar 08, 2010 12:17 pm

My second favorite book of all time, and defently my favorite author.

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Re: 1984, by George Orwell

Post by RepliMagni » Tue Mar 09, 2010 3:02 pm

I thought the world he created was excellent, but on occasion I felt his prose halting and jarring. It didn't quite have the seamlessness that Animal Farm did.

That's not to take away from the book in general though; I found it to be quite brilliant. And contrary to what some people say, I found the pessimism to be the best part of the book: no Hollywood quick fixes, no hero to save the day. There was a resignation that I found refreshing:- if we want to change the way our world works, it will take more than a few corny phrases and uplifting movie scores to improve it.
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Re: 1984, by George Orwell

Post by KnowLedge » Wed Apr 27, 2011 7:28 pm

Deathshotshooter wrote:omg i did this book for my novel study in grade 10, freaking hated it, read the first 33 pages, and i was like..screw this, sparknotes ftw


we all had to read this book in that year.. not just you\

made me realize what the world would be like if Hitler had won the war.. I tried to watch the movie but didnt feel like it, and so like deathshot, i just spark noted it
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