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Some Books I Think You Should Re-Read

Tuesday, January 31, 2017



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First off--this is NOT a political post--well not really anyway. Since all this started my mind keeps drifting back to a couple of books I read in high school (about 50 years ago?). Do any of you remember the line "All animals are created equal--but some are more equal then others."? George Orwell wrote both Animal Farm and 1984

Short descriptions from Amazon:


ANIMAL FARM



George Orwell's classic satire of the Russian Revolution is an intimate part of our contemporary culture. It is the account of the bold struggle, initiated by the animals, that transforms Mr. Jones's Manor Farm into Animal Farm--a wholly democratic society built on the credo that All Animals Are Created Equal. Out of their cleverness, the pigs Napoleon, Squealer, and Snowball emerge as leaders of the new community in a subtle evolution that proves disastrous. The climax is the brutal betrayal of the faithful horse Boxer, when totalitarian rule is reestablished with the bloodstained postscript to the founding slogan: But some Animals Are More Equal Than Others. . . .

1984


In 1984, London is a grim city where Big Brother is always watching you and the Thought Police can practically read your mind. Winston is a man in grave danger for the simple reason that his memory still functions. Drawn into a forbidden love affair, Winston finds the courage to join a secret revolutionary organization called The Brotherhood, dedicated to the destruction of the Party. Together with his beloved Julia, he hazards his life in a deadly match against the powers that be.

This one is a must read for all women and for the men who value them

The Handmaid's Tale

The seminal work of speculative fiction from the Booker Prize-winning, soon to be a Hulu series starring Elizabeth Moss, Samira Wiley, and Joseph Fiennes.

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable.

Offred can remember the days before, when she lived and made love with her husband Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now….

Funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing, The Handmaid's Tale is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and literary tour de force.

Of course there is Brave New World and a couple of others but one that I REALLY want you to either read or watch the movie is:


Soylent Green


This is the year 2022. Overcrowding, pollution, and resource depletion have reduced society's leaders to finding food for the teeming masses. The answer is Soylent Green.

Starring:
Charlton Heston, Leigh Taylor-Young
Runtime:
1 hour, 36 minutes



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26 comments :

Gladys Parker said...

I will definitely be checking out Soylent Green. I prefer historical fiction, I think. I haven't gave many other genres a try.

Heidi Bee said...

Must reads! I heard they are making a TV show based on the Handmaiden's Tale, hope it lives up to the book!

LeahSay's Views - Bonnie said...

The only one I've read on this list is the Handmaid's Tale. God round up of need to re-read novels.

Danielle S said...

I've not read The Handmaid's Tale, and that one sounds interesting. As for the others books, I did indepth studies and many papers on them in high school. Now Soylent Green - I already have been thinking of rewatching that movie.

Lisa Weidknecht said...

ALL excellent books! I have read all of them and would love to read them again.

Ivonne Tarantino said...

Your list brings me back to high school; we had to read Animal House and 1984 ~ both excellent books. I should check my bookshelf and re-read them as an adult now.

Jacqui Odell said...

Great list of book. I wish I had more time to read. I don't know which one I would pick.

Jeff Taylor said...

Animal Farm is a classic. It's amazing, when I look back on my visit to the BunkArt (bunker museum in Tirana now a sordid communist history museum) how prophetic it was and is. Everyone is "equal" until someone manipulates and murders to become "more equal" and enriches himself off the people. I need to reread it.

teffers8464 said...

thanks for the suggesstions

clojo9372 said...

We read Animal Farm in high school and I never forgotten it. I found it to be powerful and relevant. I definitely need to read this again. :)

roselle mendoza said...

handmaid's Tale sounds interesting to me , i'm thinking to watch it, or read if not available for movie.

infectiousizzie said...

I think 1984 and Animal Farm should be read by everyone! What a message! The other two are on my Goodreads list.

Anonymous said...

I read a lot of these books a while back Rosanne

Akshay said...

One great library we have here now, truly inspiring.

LAMusing said...

I need to re-read Animal Farm :)

Wu Guifeng [吳癸凤] said...

nice review... i would like to read some titles.. hehehehe... thank you for the revies

Sarh Snarski said...

I don't read often, but I have a few favorites. I hear Soylent Green is a really good read. My top two favorites are The Giver and A Child Called "IT".

Linda Manns Linneman said...

I will have to read this again. Such great suggestions. Thank you for sharing

LAMusing said...

Love all these books!

Sarah Flint said...

Great suggestions for some great books.

Cheryl Everitt said...

Thanks for the suggested reads. When I find a book that grabs me at the beginning I have a hard time putting it down.

doraez said...

sound interesting , thanks for sharing

Lisa Ogle said...

I loved 1984 I want to check out Soylent Green sounds like it is just up my alley.

Wanda Tracey said...

These are fascinating books and I am intrigued by many of them.I would like to read The Handmaids Tale.

Deanna McClellan said...

I know I need to read more so thanks for the recommendations! :)

jopb said...

These are all important books . Often when you reread a book you discover new things in it and understand it better.

 
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