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It's probably the best thing I've ever read.
where do I go from here?
the Trial by Kafka.
thanks a lot for that.
won't be getting that one then....
I still kinda know the outcome now though, don't I?
read it anyway.
someone must have been telling lies about Joseph K., for without having done anything wrong he was arrested one fine morning.
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury?
Still worth it
if you want something slightly heavier then The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass is worth looking at.
And the Ass Saw the Angel by Nick Cave is also one I would recommend.
as is My Century by Gunther Grass (one hundred chapters each telling the story of one year in the 20th century).
...dystopia, then Aldous Huxley's 'Brave New World' could act as a good comparison to Orwell's '1984'.
Plus, reading it, would make The Strokes song 'Soma' make much more sense.
"we" by yevgeny zamyatin. its the book that orwell copied when he wrote 1984.
yet to read one as good
thankyou everybody for the suggestions.
I've noted all of them down and hopefully one day I can say I'll have read them all!
you are very right.
i havnt read 1984
^my complete orwell frame of reference
is pretty wack.
(is wack a good thing or bad thing?)
Pretty much everything i've read of his is SOLID GOLD HEART MELTING BRILLIANCE, including the first few chapters of Heart of the matter
They're all ace.
tell me what it's like if you finish it, I've never managed to!
Maybe some Hemingway? Farewell to Arms is good.
Favourite Book Ever
Hemingway, on the other hand, is unmitigated miserablist balls
I can see why someone would think that about Farewell to Arms, but I still disagree.
The Sun Also Rises is incredibly powerful.
Then all the usual:
Fahrenheit 452 - Braybury
The Trial - Kafka
A Brave New World - Huxley (even though I thought it was a pile of shit, you might like it)
Catch-22 - Heller
Animal Farm - Orwell
A Clockwork Orange - Burgess
Catcher in the Rye - Salinger
To Kill a Mockingbird - Lee
The Great Gatsby - Fitzgerald
Grapes of Wrath/Of Mice and Men - Steinbeck
The Power and the Glory - Greene
Yeah. You can't really go wrong out of those.
wasn't a snide comment btw.
(can you tell which author is the only one I have any sort of comprehensive knowledge about?)
i enjoyed the honorary consul too
In terms of troubled teenagers in novels, pinkie brown is SOOOOOOOOOOOO much better than holden "bloody" caulfield
But I've read catcher in the rye and thought it was POO.
I also get it confused with Quadrophenia.
though I read it when I was about 13 so it would probably be different now i guess.
catcher in the rye last year (i.e. at 24) and i thought it was ace.
yeah, why not :)
that means there are two of us in the world who think it is vastly over-rated
but very poorly realised. And the ending is possibly one of the worst I've ever read.
I think Brave New World is better than 1984.
i think it's duff.
It's only a tiny book. PM me if you want it. I do want to read 1984 again some time soon - it's been years and is worth a re-read.
my favourite book of his is 'coming up for air'. It's very depressing in it's own way though, perhaps more so than 1984. But it makes you think about historical change a lot if that's your bag.
It's better than 1984 in that it actually invites your own analysis of what's presented to you. 1984, whilst well written, is very one-dimensional.
Then I worked it out.
is fab. It's very different from 1984 and it's one of those 'does exactly what it says on the tin' sort of books.
in the 'top 5 books' thread the other day
It was a massive influence on 1984, but it's more of a 'faction' (I hate that term) about Stalin's purges. It's rilly good.
go and read white noise by don delillo. no particular reason why, other than that its just really really good.