View Poll Results: Have you read the (novel) '1984'?

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    Re: 1984

    Quote Originally Posted by Josie View Post
    I read Animal Farm on my own in college. I don't know why it wasn't required in high school. It was a perfect metaphor for how this country has been going the past several decades.
    I read it on my own. Given your job, would you say that Animal Farm is a good Orwell primer for students?

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    Re: 1984

    Quote Originally Posted by chromium View Post
    Yeah, I can see why that would spur interest...Forced to read it in 10th grade. In fact, the *only* high school book that was worth reading. Hopefully they aren't reading it and going "I want to join the NSA now!!"
    C'mon now. If we're being honest, I think we'd all much rather be standing with the men behind the guns than those in front of them when the inevitable crackdown comes.
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    Re: 1984

    Quote Originally Posted by nota bene View Post
    I read it on my own. Given your job, would you say that Animal Farm is a good Orwell primer for students?
    In middle school, probably. It's a very easy book to read, but if you don't have years of historical background knowledge leading up to middle school, the kids won't get it.


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    Re: 1984

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter King View Post
    Big brother was watching you but in the book it did more than watching you, it totally and completely interfered with the lives of the people in the book. It controlled their lives totally, free choice was a figment of their imagination, PRISM might mine your data but it does not control you or the free choices you are able to make. That is the big difference between the book and the reality that we find ourselves in.
    Yep. We're not even close to living in a world like 1984 describes.

    The 1984 society is not what our governments in the West today do with modern technology. It's basically what Hitler and Stalin would have done, had they had access to today's technology.
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    Re: 1984

    Quote Originally Posted by Josie View Post
    In middle school, probably. It's a very easy book to read, but if you don't have years of historical background knowledge leading up to middle school, the kids won't get it.
    Color me dubious about that. So maybe high school. LOL, maybe honors English.

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    Re: 1984

    Quote Originally Posted by nota bene View Post
    Color me dubious about that. So maybe high school. LOL, maybe honors English.
    I read it my freshman year in high school.
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    Re: 1984

    Quote Originally Posted by nota bene View Post
    Color me dubious about that. So maybe high school. LOL, maybe honors English.
    I read it in high school and I didn't really get it then. Or could have been I didn't really care as I had other things that seemed much more important on my mind back then. Bringing it up though I'd love to re-read it now.
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    Re: 1984

    The thing to remember about Orwell is that he wrote good sci fi. Good sci fi is not really a prediction about the future, it's a reflection of the present.
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    Re: 1984

    Quote Originally Posted by americanwoman View Post
    ... I'd love to re-read it now.
    It takes about 15 minutes to read, it's so short.
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    Re: 1984

    The only other novel by Orwell I read is "Keep the Aspidistra Flying". It's a story about a journalist/poet who despises consumerism and money, attempts to rebel against it but fails. I don't remember the details, just that I found it very entertaining.
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