1984

Hello readers!

I finished reading George Orwell’s 1984 a couple months ago, and it is the second book that I have read by George Orwell. I love his work so far!

Like I say on every post, please do not read any further if you have not already read this book! There will be many spoilers!

“1984” by George Orwell begins with this: “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. Winston Smith, his chin nuzzled into his breast in an effort to escape the vile wind, slipped quickly through the glass doors of victory mansions, though not quickly enough to prevent a swirl of gritty dust from entering along with him.”

It is clear that the dust was not the only thing following him. In George Orwell’s dystopian novel, the citizens of Oceania are under constant surveillance by the government which limits freedom. The Ministry of Thought alters all records and reports in order to manipulate the minds of the people. For example, Eurasia was known as the enemy of Oceania until the countries allied against  Eastasia. The Ministry of thought erased all evidence of war with Eurasia, and it seemed Oceania had always been at war with Eastasia. George Orwell wrote “1984” as a warning about the importance of free thought and speech.

The manipulative society that George Orwell created relates to our society today in numerous ways. Information about people and their lives spreads through social media, and there are many suspicions about the government’s access to cameras on our electronic devices. Newspapers and the media can contain false information that readers and listeners believe. These resources change our way of thought which shows the importance of reliable news sources. George Orwell intended this message of legitimacy in the future for Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler because they were seen as the future rulers at that time.

George Orwell was born with the name, Eric Arthur Blair, and his father worked in quality control for morphine which was used to make opium to trade with China. George Orwell attended a British boarding school and later joined the Imperial Police in Burma. After seeing and understanding the poverty and harsh life in Burma and at home on the streets of London, he rejected imperialism. He wanted to create a “political orientation” for himself and decided he was against totalitarianism and communism which were used by dictators Stalin and Hitler. Orwell’s most famous novels were both anti-communist and anti-capitalist because of the harsh governments in both. He used his political opinions and knowledge in his novels as a message. His message or warning about the future in “1984” is a vital message for people to read now and in the future, that shows how critical it is to have the freedom of thought and the freedom to make your own decisions.

If you have read “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins, you will enjoy this thrilling novel that is also about a futuristic and dystopian society that could be created if freedom of thought were to be taken away. The principles in “1984” of the government ruled by an imaginary ruler, Big Brother, also seem to be used in “The Hunger Games”; War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength. The governments in both civilizations always seem to be at war and are restricting freedom within communities. Both of these novels/series benefit our world by providing admonitions for the time to come.

Favorite and Least Favorite Characters

It is impossible for me to choose a favorite character because my favorites often turned out to be the enemy.

 

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Comment if you want to discuss anything about the book or if you have any suggestions.

Coming Soon: Of Mice and Men

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Keep the Aspidistra Flying

Hello readers!

This is my first blog entry in a while, and I am very sorry for the wait.

Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell is a classic that I consider understated because of the recognition of its strong political message.

Just a reminder, do NOT read any further if you have not already read this book because I will spoil everything for you!

Gordon Comstock is a proud poet who deals with the struggles of a lack of money and has declared war on the “money-god” who controls all of society. He believes that “all modern commerce is a swindle” and he wants to live by his values.

He eventually becomes obsessed with money and how it affects his relationship with his girlfriend, Rosemary. Gordon learns that his intense hatred of money and its effect on himself as a person is what has caused his relationship with Rosemary to down-spiral.

Favorite Character:

My favorite character is Rosemary because of her faithfulness to Gordon and her loving attitude through all of his downfalls. Rosemary is very generous yet headstrong in her job and other aspects of her life.

I recommend this book for fans of George Orwell’s novel 1984 because they are very similar in the topics of authority struggles and poverty.

Please comment if you have any questions or ideas for another book that I should read.

I read a lot of modern literature as well, so comment if you would like to hear more about those.

🙂

 

Coming soon: 1984 by George Orwell

 

 

Apology

Hello readers!

I have not been able to post in what seems like a million years. I have had a very busy school and travel schedule and I have read many books over these past few months. I will try my best to update and remember every book that I have read in this time period.

The next book that I will blog about is Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell. This is a very understated piece of literature with a strong political meaning behind it.

Please suggest any books that you would like me to read and post about! Don’t forget to comment your thoughts on any of my posts and to like them as well! I reply to every comment you send me.

 

I am a journalist at my high school and I have been promoted to the position of Assistant Editor for the remainder of the school year and I will be the Editor in Chief for next year. Let me know if you are interested in seeing any of my work.

Wuthering Heights

Hello readers!

Sorry, it’s been so long since I’ve written. I finished Wuthering Heights about two weeks ago, and I found it satisfactory. Like I said before, I have moved on from Jane Austen books for a month or so and I have dived into some new masterpieces of classic writing.

Once again, I will warn you not to read any further if you have not already read this novel. I will spoil the ENTIRE story for you!

Time for a rant!

This twisted love story is about two young children who begin to realize the love they have for each other as time passes. At the beginning of the story, I sympathized for Heathcliff who was discarded and neglected by all of his family and friends. That changed…

Favorite Character:

Let me just say that I didn’t have a favorite character. All of the characters made the story, but all of their personalities were majorly flawed.

Least Favorite Character:

HINDLEY!!!

I have not seen the Wuthering Heights movie yet, but I know that I despised Hindley in the book.

Please let me know if you agree or disagree in the comments.

Once again, I apologize for the immense amount of time it takes for me to complete each book and post about it.

I am a high school student who is taking multiple AP classes. This should be an explanation in itself.

Coming soon: Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell.

Feel free to read along with me! I will put my next book at the bottom of each page.

– Sara

 

Lord of the Flies

Hello, readers!

It was time to stop reading Jane Austen and move on to something else. Don’t get me wrong, Jane Austen is one of my favorite authors, but I have to move on. William Golding is an exceptional author whose work I love and will continue to read.

Warning! If you have not already read this, every single spoiler for the entire book will be in here.

Let’s start with my favorite characters:

Piggy and Simon were my favorite characters by far! Piggy seems to be the only reasonable boy on the island, even though he doesn’t do any labor or hunting. The end of the book made me extremely upset when something very unfortunate happened to Piggy.

Simon is also one of my favorite characters because he has a mystery to him that made the story. All of the other kids called him “batty,” but I believe that his mind is in an entirely different place. While most other kids are acting like savages on the island, Simon is very kind-hearted and connected with nature in a different way than the others.

Now for my least favorite character/s

Jack is used as the example of savagery and is more so than any of the other boys on the island. Utterly obsessed with being chief, he lets this control him, and he seems to lose all human common sense and dignity.

Coming soon: Wuthering Heights

 

Emma

Hello, readers!

I have just finished reading “Emma” by Jane Austen, and I am very pleasantly surprised with the progression of the book overall. Before I continue, let me warn you that I will spoil the entire book for you if you haven’t already read it. Please only advance if you have read the book, for your happiness.

As I said before, I love this Jane Austen novel! “Emma” is a novel about a heroine who progresses in mentality and sincereness. Although Emma can be seen as very obsessed with social rank, she eventually starts to overcome her “obsession” with this idea.

I admire how Austen does not end the book with Emma as a perfect character in the sense that she still believes in social class affecting who she should be associated with. It shows the fact that nobody is perfect and that there is still more to learn.

Favorite Character:

My favorite character is by far Mr. George Knightley. Mr. Knightley is a very reserved man whose feelings for Emma have been kept under the surface for her benefit. I think he is a lovely person, and I agree with the fact that declaring your love in more words does not make them more meaningful.

My least favorite character:

Although I believe that every character in Austen’s stories is important, I did not like Mr. and Mrs. Elton. The two characters are both very selfish and rank themselves higher than everyone else.

In a way, both Mr. and Mrs. Elton are an extreme version of Emma’s bad qualities (I apologize if that was too harsh).

Overall, Emma is a very self-assured young lady determined to create a romantic fantasy but maturely flowers as she experiences the thrills of life.

 

Side note: I apologize if I am not finishing these novels fast enough. I am in high school and have little time for outside of school reading. I’m trying my best to meet my goal of 50 classics in 5 years or less.

 

Persuasion

Hello readers!

I have just finished my first book on my list of 50 classics to read within five years. It didn’t even take me one week to read the first book. My list seems to be going faster than I thought it would!

Beware, this contains major spoilers!

Anyway, let’s get down to business..

The first book on my list was Persuasion by Jane Austen, and let me tell you that it was a fantastic place to start. I have not read very many classics yet, so I don’t have anything to base it off of.

Let’s start this discussion with favorite characters:

My favorite character was by far Anne. I can relate to her in many ways.

Anne has always been known as the least important, or least contributing part of the Elliot family. Anne is very quiet and well-mannered but brilliantly expresses her opinion. Anne’s major flaw is that she is to easily persuaded and tries to please everybody around her. She balances her duty and compassion in a way that allows her to be humble and caring for others.

I also find Captain Frederick Wentworth to be a very compassionate character. Although Captain Wentworth holds back his feelings a bit too much, a broken heart affects him in a very harsh way. His character truly blossoms when he pours out his feelings in a letter for Anne.

 

Now, for my least favorite character.

To be honest, I don’t have one. Even though I dislike more than one character, the story would not be the same without them.

My favorite part:

My favorite part was when Captain Wentworth finally gave Anne the letter that proclaimed his feelings. This is a genuinely romantic novel that gave me relaxed vibes whenever I sat down and read it.

What do you think? Is persuasion a romantic novel or not. Please leave a comment with your answer.

The plotline was terrific, and the book was a very relaxing read. I am genuinely committed to classics!

If you are not here for the classics club, you can find the link in my first post.

Please leave a comment to discuss any topics or provide any suggestions. I will answer any and every comment you leave. Thank you!

-Sara

 

 

Welcome

Hello readers!

My name is Sara, and this is my very first blog. Coffee and a book is a site where I will share my opinions on classics and modern day writings.

I was fascinated in joining the club when I came upon a reading contest called the classics club. I will put the link to it on this post. It is a great site for a devoted reader of the classics.

As for modern day books, I have read many. I recently started becoming interested in classics, but have been interested in modern books for much longer.

This includes:

The Twilight series, The Vampire Diaries, The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices, The Selection, The Red Queen series, etc.

I am only in high school so my writing might be geared toward a younger audience.

Feel free to discuss any books I blog about, and feel free to suggest any that you would like me to read.

Now, grab a cup of coffee and start reading.

-Sara

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