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Old 06-08-19, 11:38 AM
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Novel 1984

The book 1984 was published 70 years ago today. Have to admit never have read the book maybe when I retire.
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Old 06-08-19, 11:41 AM
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Short book, could proably read it a few hours. Or you could take the real easy way out, and rent the movie.
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Old 06-08-19, 01:03 PM
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You should read the book. It's fantastic. Easy read too like arizona pointed out.
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Old 06-08-19, 10:54 PM
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I tried reading it in 4th grade, thinking it would be more like 1950's B-movie sci-fi. Gave up after the first chapter.

Read it all the way thru in 9th grade. It was somewhat boring. Got the gist of it an on academic level, but I lacked sufficient life perspective to see how it might actually happen. Now with technology and social media at current levels, it's easier to picture it.
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Old 06-09-19, 12:32 AM
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Better than Brave New World
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Old 06-09-19, 06:34 AM
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The book 1984 was published 70 years ago today. Have to admit never have read the book maybe when I retire.
After reading you will look the "news" and social media differently. How our thoughts on many things (especially politics) is a state run program. I would also suggest looking into Operation Mockingbird and see how much they have progressed in the subjugation/opinion forming techniques used today. Your life will change when you add in the honest research. Be ready, you will resists being honest with yourself until you break through.
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Old 06-09-19, 08:07 AM
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Read it! Also read "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury. These two books put our modern day society in perspective like no others. In Bradbury's book the real enemy is political correctness.
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Old 06-09-19, 02:19 PM
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Better than Brave New World
No argument there.
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Old 06-09-19, 05:31 PM
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CliffsNotes ~ anyone?

https://www.cliffsnotes.com/literatu...84-at-a-glance

"1984" inspired....The Apple SB ad...


https://www.cliffsnotes.com/search?q...51&sp_cs=UTF-8

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Old 06-13-19, 01:40 AM
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I spent several hours to read it. It's really easy to read. I guess it's an amazing book.
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Old 06-13-19, 06:31 AM
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Read it for AP English summer before senior year of high school. 1984, Slaughterhouse Five, Native Son and Light In August were the four books on the summer reading list. Enjoyed 3, Light in August didn't do it for me.
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Old 06-13-19, 07:38 AM
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Here's a list of note:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modern...tors'_list

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http://www.modernlibrary.com/top-100/100-best-novels/


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Old 06-13-19, 10:19 AM
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Read it for AP English summer before senior year of high school. 1984, Slaughterhouse Five, Native Son and Light In August were the four books on the summer reading list. Enjoyed 3, Light in August didn't do it for me.
Trade you.

My list of summer reads for AP English was: Crime and Punishment, King Lear, Oedipus, and Catch-22.

The list of crap we read during the school year wasn't much better (Tartuffe, The Stranger, Madame Bovary, A Farewell to Arms, Antigone, A Doll's House, etc). I never should've taken the class. Required reading isn't my thing.
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Old 06-13-19, 11:44 AM
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Thanks, pup. Regarding Cliff Notes - I didn't know they could be had online. (Well, why wouldn't they, genius)?

Maybe good for the ultra-busy student (ethical?), but I think I would rather read the book(s) - when I retire.
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Old 06-13-19, 11:52 AM
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As I recall, my summer reading list before my senior year was "1984", "A Separate Peace", "Slaughter House Five", and another book I don't recall. It's been 55 years ago, and I have trouble remembering things that happened last week.
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Old 06-13-19, 12:01 PM
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As I recall, my summer reading list before my senior year was "1984", "A Separate Peace", "Slaughter House Five", and another book I don't recall. It's been 55 years ago, and I have trouble remembering things that happened last week.
A Separate Peace was pre-soph summer reading for me along with Tom Sawyer, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Of Mice and Men, and Death of a Salesman. Soph year was American Lit, junior wS British Lit, and Senior was World Lit. Books we read during soph year were: The Grapes of Wrath, The Crucible, The Scarlet Letter, The Great Gatsby, Huckleberry Finn, Catcher in the Rye, and Black Boy.
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I had gone through 56 years of my life without reading The Great Gatsby. I had heard many times that it was the greatest American novel. One day I was walking along the shelves of the local library and there it was. At first I was surprised by its size; it was more like a novelette than what I considered to be the length of the typical novel. I checked it out and read it in about two hours. Maybe it was because I had seen two movie adaptions of it, but my general impression was meh. My opinion might have been influenced by all the "smart" people saying how great it was and I was intent of disliking it from the start. But I've read a lot better.
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I had gone through 56 years of my life without reading The Great Gatsby. I had heard many times that it was the greatest American novel. One day I was walking along the shelves of the local library and there it was. At first I was surprised by its size; it was more like a novelette than what I considered to be the length of the typical novel. I checked it out and read it in about two hours. Maybe it was because I had seen two movie adaptions of it, but my general impression was meh. My opinion might have been influenced by all the "smart" people saying how great it was and I was intent of disliking it from the start. But I've read a lot better.
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Old 06-13-19, 07:11 PM
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My summer reading list was limited to Sports Illustrated.

OK, that's a lie. We lived across the street from a Carnegie library, but I never had anything assigned from the school.
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Old 06-13-19, 07:26 PM
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I had gone through 56 years of my life without reading The Great Gatsby. I had heard many times that it was the greatest American novel. ... But I've read a lot better.
Me too, but I waited 65 years. I enjoyed Fitzgerald's style, but the characters are all unsympathetic and the story is not that interesting either.

Another greatest American novel I read this winter was Huckleberry Finn. I read 4-5 Twain books when I was younger, but missed this one. He's back on my reading list.
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Old 06-14-19, 09:43 AM
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I had gone through 56 years of my life without reading The Great Gatsby. I had heard many times that it was the greatest American novel. One day I was walking along the shelves of the local library and there it was. At first I was surprised by its size; it was more like a novelette than what I considered to be the length of the typical novel. I checked it out and read it in about two hours. Maybe it was because I had seen two movie adaptions of it, but my general impression was meh. My opinion might have been influenced by all the "smart" people saying how great it was and I was intent of disliking it from the start. But I've read a lot better.
I reread Gatsby a couple years ago. I only enjoyed it because it was short and relatively easy to read. Other than that, screw it. I saw the Robert Redford version of the movie on TV once. Other than Nick (played by Sam Waterson), I found the other characters even more annoying than they were in the book which is saying something because Daisy just plain sucks.

The Scarlet Letter is my least favorite book I ever had to read, even more so than The Stranger or any Shakespeare. I could not get past Hawthorne's writing style. Hemingway never did it for me either. I found Huck Finn easier to read once I adopted the voice of a hillbilly kid in my head. Steinbeck's my favorite b/c of his simple writing style. I've read all of his books and enjoyed them all except East of Eden which was much too long.
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Old 06-14-19, 09:49 AM
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Never understood the praise of Gatsby either, guess it just wasn't my cup of tea. As for least favorite book, we had to read Waiting for Godot in HS, pure torture.
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Hemingway never did it for me either.
I had it in my mind that I had read a Hemingway short story, but had no idea when or why. A friend that teaches high school English suggested most likely when I was in high school. That makes sense.

I started with The Nick Adams Stories last November. Since then I have read nine Hemingway novels and two collections of short stories.
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