Thursday, October 01, 2009
Book #7 - 1984 by George Orwell
This has taken me all month to read. I'd pick it up, read a chapter, get too depressed and put it down again. I cannot believe they made us read this in high school! Yes it's a classic, and in some ways I love it, but geez it's depressing :(
I'm sure most people are familiar with the story line - the year is 1984 and everything is controlled by the government. Everything you say and do is watched by telescreens. Records of the past are constantly changed to bring it into line with the current reality. Children are turned against their parents, no one has friends or lovers. Winston Smith (the hero) commits the crime of taking a lover and thinking thoughts against Big Brother. He's captured, tortured and left a broken shell of a man.
As I said, it's really depressing.. I think I need to read something a lot lighter now!!