So I am going to be completely honest about my feelings for this book. I hated it. There, I said it, and I won't apologize for it! I know what all of the arguments are going to be. I'll respond to them a little bit later. Side Note: Excuse me if the hatred doesn't quite filter through as much into the review, as Jason (Who's back, by the way! Welcome Back Jason!) interrupted my writing thoughts with happy Ducky Momo thoughts. There will be Ducky Momo pictures at the end of this post. Back to 1984. You may recall that this was required reading for my summer break (there was also a writing assignment ), as well as Swallows of Kabul. I get it. They don't want everyone's reading comprehension and response writing skills to go down over the summer, fine. But did they both have to be depressing books?
Hello every-very-few-body! I hope you are all having a good Easter weekend - I know I did, even though I was admittedly sick for the last week and a half, which on the upside gave me a lot of time for reading. Because (I know, grade one English teachers are probably frowning, but you can start a sentence with 'because') of this I read the classic Animal Farm by George Orwell.
George Orwell wrote this shortly after (Possibly even during, I am not entirely sure) World War Two, during the communist/'socialist' vs. capitalist frenzy as well as everything else that I know we all know about to some extent (if for some reason not, Google is your best friend.) This is a book directly about the Communist/Socialist vs. Capitalist issue at hand at the time, just under a very loose, very thin veil. George Orwell was fantastic in writing this book - he kept it just veiled enough that no one could prove anything about the book and have him imprisoned and most likely killed for it, but he also made it obvious enough that if you know anything about the history of Socialism, and how it turned into Communism in most places - well, you will get pretty much everything in this book. You will get everything that Orwell thinly disguises, from the who is who, to the what place is what place, what symbolizes what, etc., etc.
Jason and Elizabeth are brother and sister book addicts who somehow manage to get along (most of the time). They reside in Canada with their dog Becky, and one (slightly insane) fly-hunting cat named Fish. Oh. And their parents. They're important too.
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