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Lonnehart at 12:36PM, April 29, 2008
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I've got to find this book after seeing the entry in Wikipedia. It's about Earth after WWII; three super-states dominate the planet. The focus is on the largest superstate called Oceana, where freedom is constantly being snuffed out. No freedom of expression, no freedom to express emotion, and there are even “thought police” to make sure you don't think of anything offensive to the state. That would be a nightmare world for me to live in…


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TheMidge28 at 1:32PM, April 29, 2008
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it's not required reading in your literature class?

it is in America.
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Lonnehart at 1:45PM, April 29, 2008
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it's not required reading in your literature class?

it is in America.

I don't remember it being a requirement in my school days… and that was a long while ago (way back in 1986 when I was a high school freshman).
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Hawk at 3:02PM, April 29, 2008
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I sure had to read it. And I'm glad for it. Practically everything else I had to read was women's stuff like Pride and Prejudice, and Maya Angelou stuff.
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Frostflowers at 1:12AM, April 30, 2008
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I've flipped through it at the library a couple of times (it is, sadly, not on the curriculum in Swedish schools, while such crap as Mikael Niemi's Popular Music from Vittula - a thinly disguised travelogue - is) and have wanted to read it, because the concept fascinates me.
The Continued Misadventures of Bonebird - a poor bird's quest for the ever-elusive and delicious apples.
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isukun at 6:00AM, April 30, 2008
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I don't remember it being a requirement in my school days…

It wasn't a requirement for me in the mid 90's, either. We did have to read Brave New World, though.
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skoolmunkee at 10:15AM, April 30, 2008
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We didn't have to read it. There's no “American” curriculum, just things that lots of states do (there are state curricula).

I wasn't that impressed with the book though. I probably would have liked it a lot more if I had read it in high school, most of the ideas would have been new to me. It's a well written book but didn't offer me much new stuff.
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TheMidge28 at 10:24AM, April 30, 2008
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it's not required reading in your literature class?

it is in America.

with my posts there is always an underlying meaning…
sorry no one caught it.
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DAJB at 1:19PM, April 30, 2008
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I read 1984 at school. Very powerful (if slightly depressing!) book.

The fascinating thing for me now is that I've since worked with people who grew up in Soviet-controlled states (GDR, Ukraine etc). Their view? It was so realistic, they found it hard to understand how Orwell could live in the West and yet understand so well what life was like behind the iron curtain!
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Hawk at 4:28PM, April 30, 2008
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DAJB
The fascinating thing for me now is that I've since worked with people who grew up in Soviet-controlled states (GDR, Ukraine etc). Their view? It was so realistic, they found it hard to understand how Orwell could live in the West and yet understand so well what life was like behind the iron curtain!

Really? Creepy.

And yeah, it was slightly depressing.
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Bocaj at 9:08PM, May 2, 2008
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Practically everything else I had to read was women's stuff like Pride and Prejudice, and Maya Angelou stuff.
I know it sounds mean but I have to agree. Masculine books (books that revolve more about action, and less about ‘how do the characters feel’) are in a decline in public schools.

I must say that about half of the required reading for school I've read is about some teenage girls feeling bad for being rejected. And one quarter of the books I've had to read were about some gut coming to terms with his emotions.

I mean sure, whatever, but I personally don't enjoy these books very much, and I will be honest I don't read all that much outside of school. I wish I did, but I'm a slow reader and I am REALLY busy. Fortunately more recently a BIT more ‘masculine’ text has been thrown into the curriculum.

/tangent.


So 1984?
Haven't read it yet. Really wanna. Required reading for me next year. I'll wait until then.

Don't read Rape.
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Ziffy88 at 9:11PM, May 2, 2008
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I've gotten crappy christian material for reading in high school
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kyupol at 6:40PM, May 3, 2008
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TheMidge28
it's not required reading in your literature class?

it is in America.

with my posts there is always an underlying meaning…
sorry no one caught it.

I know what you mean. God Bless America.

But isnt the answer to 1984, 1776?
NOW UPDATING!!!
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jalford at 2:49AM, May 4, 2008
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I remember actual in the year of 1984 AD when people actually thought that was going to happen during the Reagan Saga.
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