09 July, 2013

Teaser Tuesday (113)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

Rules for participating:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Gosh, it's been a long time since I've done this meme. Over two months, really. Ahem. Anyway, this week my teaser is from Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. It's taken me a long time to get around to reading this book; with the recent NSA spying issue/debate and the general constant political concern that government is getting too big, I suppose it's better late than never.

(Not the cover of the copy I'm reading. But I couldn't find the right one.)
He lay back with his eyes shut, still sodden in the atmosphere of the dream. It was a vast, luminous dream in which his whole life seemed to stretch out before him like a landscape on a summer evening after rain.
-p. 161

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Have you read Nineteen Eighty-Four or anything else by George Orwell? What are you reading now?


-----The Golden Eagle

28 comments:

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Golden,

I read this back in High school.... Ehem... before 1984 ... LOL.

Fantastic book!

JeffO said...

This is a book I come back to every few years. It's dated, in some ways, but not in many, many others.

Currently reading The Night Circus.

Maurice Mitchell said...

I've never read this book, but it paints a wonderful lazy image. Great quote.

Pat Hatt said...

Read it a while back, scary as it seems to be coming true, slowly

Jay Noel said...

I read it in high school and college. It is a little scary how right on Orwell was on a few things.

Mei said...

Only one of the best books ever!
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Elise Fallson said...

I started this book years ago and put it down for some reason. I think it's time I picked it back up. Thanks for sharing this teaser.

The Golden Eagle said...

Michael: It's interesting how dates come and go. 1984, 2001, 2010 . . .

JeffO: I loved The Night Circus!

Maurice: Glad you liked it.

Pat: There's a lot of potential for government oversight these days.

Jay: Indeed! I keep digesting the concepts and thinking the present has far too much ability to follow out on those concepts.

Mei: It's certainly an interesting one!

Elise: You're very welcome. :)

Jemi Fraser said...

I read it back in high school and loved it. It was one of the first dystopian stories I'd encountered and along with the others, it opened my mind to a whole new way of thinking. Brilliant mind.

I just finished reading Morgan's Hunter by Cate Beauman - fabulous romantic suspense story. I'm looking forward to the others in her series!

Elliot Grace said...

...that prose is reminiscent of the entire novel, which I read eons ago.

Now that I think back, Orwell really thought things through...and got it pretty close ;)

El

Adam said...

I saw the animated film based on Animal Farm.

shelly said...

I love this book even though its a bit depressing. It seems so prophetic to me. I'll probably read it again.

Hugs and chocolate,
Shelly

Ghadeer said...

I've read this and Animal Farm and they are both on my all-time favourites list. Very thought-provoking and such an intense experience! Let us know what you think of it once you're done.

Holy Ghost Writer said...

A very compelling read

Charles Gramlich said...

A very fine book, 1984.

Michael Offutt, "Johnny on the Spot" said...

Boy Edward Snowden sure has this thing flying off of shelves.

Liz said...

The only Orwell I've read is Animal Farm. I think I've read the whole thing, only not in order and not all at once (it's read in various classes I cover, so I get a bit of it here, a bit of it there...).

The Golden Eagle said...

Jemi: It does open your mind!

Elliot: He did. Scarily close, really.

Adam: I've never seen any of the movies based off of his books. I should do that sometime . . .

Shelly: Depressing is right. I'll admit I put the book down from time to time since it's so dark.

Ghadeer: Agreed--and I'll have to see about reviewing it. I do have thoughts on the book. :)

Holy Ghost Writer: Indeed!

Charles: Yup. It's easily one of the more thought-provoking ones I've read.

Michael: At least it's something in the news that's worth thinking about.

Liz: Animal Farm is an interesting book!

Mark Means said...

I read this waaaay back in highschool...in fact, the year was 1984 when I read it.

I'd like to give it a reread, though, as it had a lot of interesting concepts.

Hope you enjoy it.

Paul Tobin said...

I have read this a number of times and I find it a harrowing read. The end scene of Winston-the total destruction of the individual. Strangely enough I've just downloaded a Russian book "We"-can't remember the author which allegedly influenced Orwell. The road to Wigan pier is worth a read as is Down and out in paris and London and Homage to catalonia. He was a good writer. Oh, during the war he worked at the BBC and braodcast from room 101!

Beth said...

I loved this one!

The Golden Eagle said...

Mark: What a coincidence!

Thanks. :) I'm at Part III and quite engrossed.

Paul: I will have to check out those books. I haven't heard of them before.

I read in the biography that he worked for the BBC. Definitely an interesting person!

Beth: I'm enjoying it, too.

Gina Gao said...

This sounds like a great book!

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Jai Joshi said...

Nice teaser! This book has been on my "to read" list forever. You may have given me that added push to get cracking on it.

Jai

michelle said...

I need to add this book to my TBR... very topical issue!
Writer In Transit

Murees Dupé said...

I have not read this yet, I think I should. I got an award on my blog for you.

cleemckenziebooks said...

Oh yes. I loved it. Now I may have to revisit this book and see how I relate to it after so many years.

The Golden Eagle said...

Gina: It's a fascinating book.

Jai: I recommend reading it! It's a lot to think about.

Michelle: Indeed.

Murees: I'm sorry it's taken me so long to get around to these comments--thank you so much! I'll be off to check it out momentarily. :)

Lee: I can picture myself re-reading Nineteen Eighty-Four; political climates change all the time.