Book Club #5: 1984

Hey loves!

Last month we read the book: Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll; this book has been having great reviews and will soon be adapted to a movie so we thought we would see what it was all about. You can see our review for it here. To review this month, we chose another book that is a literary classic which is 1984 by George Orwell (here).

Below are our reviews:

Di’s Opinion:

General Thoughts:

This book is really amazing; usually books for me that are world-renowned are very complex and very difficult to thoroughly get its message. For this book, it is so beautifully written that you understand the message throughout and what it really wants to share. The message is also very beautiful and very real, it is still so surprising for me to know that this book was written in 1944.

Positive Feedback:

The book is amazingly well written and it was funny to see the “technology” the writer believed would exist in 40 years time. I always find interesting to see what we believe the human race will be able to achieve in the future.

I also thought it was mind opening how the writer depicted “brain-washing” and how everyone is susceptible to it since we are social animals. It really gets you thinking on what exactly is logic.

Negative Feedback:

Maybe the fact I really liked the book made me very biased on the negative points, but if I really had to think very deeply, I would say I wish the personal life of the lead character was a bit more discussed so I could feel more attached to him. At the end I felt I was reading the story of a stranger, a very good story, but still a stranger.

Final Review:

4.8 stars (out of 5)

Why you should read this book:

You should read it because it is beautifully written and opens your mind no matter what point in your life you are. It is a must-read for me.

Elle’s Opinion:

General Thoughts:

This is actually my all time favourite book, which I made sure to put in our book club because I truly believe everyone should read even if they are not really into politics. I think it’s amazing because it shows you that politics is not an institution but it is actually a state of mind, that crazily enough can be manipulated by our leaders, or in the book’s case the Big Brother.

Positive Feedback:

It is amazing and very eye opening, it is also a book that goes against the state of time and context because it can be applicable in all social contexts of our generation and the book’s generation. I love how George Orwell usually focused on the weakness of our mind and showed us how easily manipulated we can be in social situations; it really does get you to think on how you should look at things.

Negative Feedback:

I would have to actually agree with Di on both points, not only on the fact that I am biased since it is my all time favourite book, but also on the critique that the lead character was very distantly portrayed. Which made sense because of the type of book that it is, but for our social media generation that needs that attachment to relate, the lead author felt very distant at times.

Final Review:

5 stars (out of 5)

Why you should read this book:

It talks about so many events happening and that have happened, in such a simple and indirect way that is simultaneously clever as well as necessary so us readers can adapt to the issues we find most important

Ci’s Opinion:

General Thoughts:

This book is very clever in the way that it talks about a fear that most societies have, of having their government monitor and manipulate their every move. It tells the story in a very dramatic way but yet it makes it relatable to real world issues.

Positive Feedback:

It really does get your mind working, specifically at the end and makes you understand that we as humans are susceptible to have our minds manipulated every day even if we fight not to. It also shows the power that some individuals may have on us as well as the equal great power that our mind has on us.

Negative Feedback:

The part of the book that was really frustrating to me was when all of the plan was unveiled and everything was discovered, the story was told at a very fast pace. I think that because it was the core of the book, given it changed the whole story, it should have focused on that part of the book more and on how the lead character felt when everything changed.

Final Review:

5 stars (out of 5)

Why you should read this book:

This book is revolutionary in many ways, so I think all should get a glimpse of what it is about and maybe when watching the news or talking about certain political issues around the world, our approach may change based on the issues this book talks about.


As for the book chosen for the month of July!

(drumroll please)

Candy by Kevin Brooks (here)

Hopefully by August 20th we will all have read the book and you can also share your review. If you read any of the two books, let us know in the comments as well.

xoxo,

-Di Elle Ci (DLC)

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