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    My definite favorite is the posthumously...

    My definite favorite is the posthumously published Alone. Just a truly great work, and in it being published posthumously shows how truly dear to him that poem was.

    When reading this poem, I feel...
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    I prefer Paris and London a lot more to homage to...

    I prefer Paris and London a lot more to homage to Catalonia, even though homage to Catalonia has a lot of heart, it is more of a insider's news briefing than a novel, so many things to interrupt the...
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    Sinclair Lewis deserves a thread.

    I have just recently read It can't happen here and have read up on his life and I believe that Sinclair Lewis is very deserving of a thread in this forum. He is a very important and relevant writer...
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    I was reading the Collected Essays, Journalism,...

    I was reading the Collected Essays, Journalism, and Letters of George Orwell (1920-1940) and I found another instance of his humor that was in a letter to Jack Common on the subject of maintaining...
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    Music derived from 1984?

    I'm looking for music that was derived from George Orwell's 1984. I'm trying to find enough songs to fill a whole mix cd.
    So far I got:

    Radiohead: 2+2=5
    David Bowie: 1984
    David Bowie: Big...
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    I agree completely, especially about Machiavelli...

    I agree completely, especially about Machiavelli being the first "tell it like it is" guy. I was reading the prince and thinking "wow, back in the 1600s, and this guy is looking at things from an...
  7. The Prince in relation to bank bailout

    Machiavelli can even be related to modern day history, if you take in mind to translate his medieval figures of power into modern day by way of metaphors.

    Machiavelli talks often in the Prince how...
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    Sticky: I've wondered that myself, maybe someday I'll...

    I've wondered that myself, maybe someday I'll take it upon myself to write all the extra stories that can be built upon characters in 1984. Like Parsons for example, that could be a lengthy short...
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    Sticky: 'Power tends to corrupt and absolute power...

    'Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.'
    Lord Acton
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    yeah, I remember that part of 1984, I guess it...

    yeah, I remember that part of 1984, I guess it did have its comical moments.

    Also, here's one from Down and Out in Paris and London that I found to be really funny:

    (pg. 7 for reference)...
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    Orwell's sense of humour.

    With how generally depressing the majority of Orwell's books are, I am interested in the small moments where his dry wittiness pokes its head into his novels.

    I found this in a book called: George...
  12. Thread: The Jungle

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    What a compelling review! This sums up all of my...

    What a compelling review! This sums up all of my thoughts upon reading the novel, looking beyond the corruption to the source of it being capitalism manipulated to bring about mass production in the...
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    The Lanny Budd Series

    I've become interested in the Lanny Budd series, and I have started to read A World to Win, and I might read the others eventually.

    Are their any recommendations for my next read in the series?
  14. Thread: Proles

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    Sticky: I think I mostly wrote that in a different...

    I think I mostly wrote that in a different mindset, because now i can't find any clear examples of present society doing this.
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    The purpose of newspeak is to make it impossible...

    The purpose of newspeak is to make it impossible to express thoughtcrime, only to be excepted by someone shouting gibberish angrily or something along those lines.

    I read in the lost readings that...
  16. Thread: Proles

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    Sticky: One more thing you missed from 1984. Like the...

    One more thing you missed from 1984. Like the outer and inner party, there are people who are a blot in the parties ideology. It was even said briefly in one sentence of 1984 that the more dangerous...
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    Here's another one. I'm a little too lazy to...

    Here's another one. I'm a little too lazy to provide a source but in China, around the period of the communist revolution, many children were turning in their parents, just like in 1984. If you look...
  18. Thread: 2+2=5

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    I agree with basarov. I also believe that it...

    I agree with basarov. I also believe that it can't truly be understood unless someone has went through it, which luckily, none of us can say. I usually don't agree with this philosiphy, but I think...
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    I actually disagree. I found there to be some...

    I actually disagree.

    I found there to be some dry spots in this book, where he sounded just like an english writer, with a the dullness and manners of an english aristocrat.

    For the book...
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    I really enjoyed this book, till about the last...

    I really enjoyed this book, till about the last 20 pages. It seemed, that those last 20 pages showed Upton Sinclair's philosophy as a fanatical socialist who thinks that socialism will solve each and...
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    While on the subject of Burmese Days, I think it...

    While on the subject of Burmese Days, I think it is great how he seemed to lay off the politics in this book, (even though there were subtle themes about english imperialism throughout the book) and...
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    You know, I wondered that myself, until I read a...

    You know, I wondered that myself, until I read a couple of his other books, including down and out in paris and london. This made me realize that the reason why all of George Orwell's books end so...
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