Friday, October 24, 2014

Orwell And Dumbledore: More One Star Reviews Of Classic Literature

All reviews and excerpts are from Goodreads. Enjoy.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (3.84 stars)

If I want to read about shiftless rich people and their drunken machinations, I'll read the Hollywood Reporter or TMZ. - Zeke

What a pretentious load of crap about a bunch of useless, vapid, hypocritical, materialistic, racist, drunk socialites! Maybe this is a good depiction of life in the 20's for rich people... I don't really know, nor do I really care. I'm neither rich, nor do I live in the 20's. - Andrew


1984 by George Orwell (4.09 stars)

I seriously disliked this book. I think what I dislike the most is that it is on reading lists for teens and it will filled with sex scenes and sexual innuendos. In my readings, I've come across far more appropriately written books without all the immorality and promiscuity that is NOT needed to share. Some immediate recommendations coming to my mind are: Living with Agenda 21, the Mysterious Benedict Society, The Bridge at Andau. And honestly, just listening to what's going on in our world now is helpful. Podcasts such as Nothing But Truth. Or the movie Agenda. - Shiloah

The middle really bothered me, I felt like the characters were going nowhere and I couldn't stand having them sitting around thinking their thoughts without anything really happening to them. The last 100 pages were filled with violence and only made me angry that a novel with such an interesting premise could turn so sour. - Snorkle

Maybe this was ahead of it's time, at it's time. I thought classics were supposed to hold their value, but this just doesn't. Yeah, yeah Big Brother this, Big Brother that, watch out for the thought police, do your exercises in front of the telescreens...blah blah blah. I mean big brother, thought police, telescreens...this had the potential of being really cool, but it wasn't (what’s up with the two minutes hate thing?). Winston had zero personality, which I'm sure partially came from the oppression, but come on, he was a REBEL, a member of Dumbledore's army!!!! - Sandra Hestand

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (4.28 stars)

I know it makes me look ignorant and uncouth to declare a masterpiece of literature by one of the greats to be awful, but here I am. - Tania

I started this book twice before I finally finished it. I thought I just wasn't giving good ol' Dostoevsky a fair chance. He totally betrayed my trust. - Danielle

Let me save you 900 pages and untold man hours: rich Russian asshole family members drink, yell, whore, steal one another's mates, murder, more screaming, philosophizing, more screaming, no subtlety to anything, all conversation between characters so over-the-top and full of passion as to be unrelatable. - Eric Althoff

The Sound And The Fury by William Faulkner (3.85 stars)

I was so freaked about taking the test on this book, that I went and got the Cliff notes on it. I read the Cliff notes and literally turned back to the cover to make sure I'd gotten the right notes. I mean, I read them, and asked myself: "What the f@k? Is this the same book I read?" - J. Yandell

This book has inspired me to start a list of crap that is admired only because no one has the guts to admit they have no idea what the hell is going on. Although technically in this category, I give James Joyce the benefit of the doubt simply because I can't understand anyone from Ireland anyway. - Cliff

 I do not like William Faulkner and his stream of consciousness writing ways. - Teardra

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