Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme that was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners. This meme is quite easy to follow – just randomly pick a book from your to-be-read list and give the reasons why you want to read it. It is that simple.
This week’s book:
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
Blurb from Goodreads
Among the seminal texts of the 20th century, Nineteen Eighty-Four is a rare work that grows more haunting as its futuristic purgatory becomes more real. Published in 1949, the book offers political satirist George Orwell’s nightmarish vision of a totalitarian, bureaucratic world and one poor stiff’s attempt to find individuality. The brilliance of the novel is Orwell’s prescience of modern life—the ubiquity of television, the distortion of the language—and his ability to construct such a thorough version of hell. Required reading for students since it was published, it ranks among the most terrifying novels ever written.
Why I Want to Read It
George Orwell is an author I have never heard of before until I started doing must-read lists. His works often appear as books that one must read. Some of his works are also included in the 1,001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. One of his works that I kept on encountering as a must-read is Nineteen Eighty-Four.
Apart from encountering the book in must-read lists, I also came across the novel when it was referenced by Haruki Murakami in his encyclopedic novel, 1Q84 (cryptic but uncanny reference). This further piqued my interest in the book even though I barely have an iota on what the book is about. However, from what very little related literature I’ve read, I was able to glean that Nineteen Eighty-Four is a dystopian novel, on the same line as Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. The former is also touted as one of the
How about you fellow readers? What books are on your TBR list? Why do you want to read it? I hope you could share it in the comment box.
Happy start of the week everyone!