Have you tried Huxley's "Brave New World"? Its better than 1984 and was published 15 years earlier...
... its tough to read 1984 without getting sucked into its iconic and epiphanied status. Its stylistic unusualness gets overpowered by its content and its critical acclaim.
Yes...I loved it. I really saw Orwell in a different light after reading this book. While I appreciate the legacy and cultural importance of 1984 and Animal Farm when it comes down to it I don't particulary enjoy them as books, especially Animal Farm. 1984 was a good read but personally for a book to really chime with me I have to soak up the charcters passion and find something likeable and honest in them regardless of how heavily floored they are. While the Chinanski's and Bandini's ect. often do some despicable things I always warm to them and love them despite some of the terrible things they do, there's always something very human and honest in them. In 1984 I just didn't like any of the characters, the whole book felt very stale and lifeless. I just felt depressed reading it. I didn't care much for the plight of Winston at the end...I felt pity...but I just felt empty at the end of reading it. I'm guessing Orwell wrote this way on purpose to emhance the message...maybe not, but anyway Homage to Catalonia shows a completely different style and shows a warm humourous and touching side of Orwell.I liked "Down And Out In Paris And London. Another great Orwell book (besides "1984) is "Homage To Catalonia", about Orwell's experiences as a militiaman in the Spanish Civil War. Has anyone here read it?
I prefer Orwell's earlier books to 1984 which I find/found a bit heavy. Try "Coming up for Air" which still rings true in these war-mongering times...
As a die hard tea drinker (what Brit isn't?) [...]
...in England it is generally considered socially incorrect to know stuff or think about things. It's worth bearing this in mind when visiting.
If you're looking for stories about life on the bum, my current avatar, Jack Black wrote about the early 19th century criminal underclass in You Can't Win. It was one of William S. Burroughs favourite books.
This is a baseless and idiotic assumption.Orwell? He's a children's writer, good for 15-year-old boys.
I liked "Down And Out In Paris And London. Another great Orwell book (besides "1984) is "Homage To Catalonia", about Orwell's experiences as a militiaman in the Spanish Civil War. Has anyone here read it?
This is a baseless and idiotic assumption.
Once I found a copy on a train, left on a seat by someone. I read it in one go, and it left me thinking for some time. The content is highly topical, more than ever before.Have you tried Huxley's "Brave New World"? Its better than 1984 and was published 15 years earlier... And Buk liked Huxley as well...