Bighuey wrote:I read it in 1955 in high school, and even back then it was a frightening book. Even more so now. I think you will like it.
@Bighuey: I know it's been a while since you posted this, but I'm reading 1984
right now, and I'm curious about your comment that you read it in 1955. Thinking back, do you remember anything about your experience reading this book before the year it is set in? I can imagine the perspective is very different--akin to us reading a book/watching a movie set in 2045 and wondering if the future will really be like that--than if you're reading the book from the perspective of the future, knowing that's not what 1984 is going to look like. Did it scare you in 1955?
I'm not quite halfway through the book right now, and with my experience with literature, I'm picking up more of the literary themes in the book--Shakespeare, tragedy, heroism, etc.
-- 07 Oct 2013, 03:39 --
I finished this book today. I don't know if "enjoyed" is the right word, but at least I can say that it was a great read. The dystopian aspects of this novel have been well discussed. I was interested in the literary aspects of the book. For example, Winston Smith thinks about how heroism is dead in the past, but then later he sees the heroism in the fat, beautiful laundry woman he watches. I think this novel defines heroism as the ability to be a human being, with all the emotions, passions, and imperfections inherent in the state. In the end, Winston cannot be the hero and retain his sense of individuality, of his humanity, in the face of the overwhelming power of the Party.