Favourite Reviews of 1984

Poor George Orwell. You had to go and get yourself on the high school curriculum, didn’t you?

“i give this book one star i had to read it for class and i know it’s suposed to be a “classic” but god itis awful. first of all its NOTHING like the future is probly going to turn out. second of all every one says the aurthor george orwell is so trippy and wierd but i think he’s just trying to cover up for the fact that HE CAN’T WRITE. please george do us all a faver and stop writing books.”
Sheri (greensboro, north carolina)

“If you havent been forced to read this book while in school, or hadnt had a chance to grab it at the library, run while you can. 1984 might have been scary 100 years ago, but not now. If you like reading about old people think they are beating the system by saving a PAPERWEIGHT, then by all means… The book has multiple plot holes as well. Beware the “government runs the world unchallenged, but still needs to brainwash old people” hole. Read something else instead… ANYTHING ELSE!”
“secrective” (Detroit, MI)

“I have never read a bigger piece of garbage in my entire life. For the people who read and enjoyed this book…GET A LIFE!”

More reviews, scraped from the bottom of the Amazon, here.

5 responses to “Favourite Reviews of 1984”

  1. Holy crap, those are brilliant. I confess I’m not familiar with Arthur George Orwell but anyone dumb enough to write a story about saving a PAPERWEIGHT deserves to be shot. Is he still alive? He and J.K. Rowling should have a death match.And he got the future completely wrong. I feel perfectly safe knowing that when I attend university in the US on my green card/student visa (whichever appears in the mail first I suppose) I can be picked up by the authorities for being “suspicious” and god only knows what could happen to me after. Hopefully one is allowed to rent movies as I’d dearly love to see the 1984 movie starring Michael J. Fox; it can only be less depressing than the book.(May the gods smite every wretch on earth who thinks a novel can’t be good unless it has “strong, 3-D characters”.)

  2. As someone recently wrote on my blog, education is wasted on the young.

  3. He’s long dead.I’ve heard lots of people say that Orwell was one of the masters of English prose, but then again they were OLD people, so…

  4. Imani, that’s too funny. Orwell would so totally beat Rowling. He was hungry and desperate while she’s grown soft with riches and lost the killer instinct.Sylvia, education is wasted on the young. I know I wasted it.Elliot, I’m not sure, but I don’t think you can trust old people. In fact, the older I get the less sure I am of my own self.Embarassing George Orwell Story: For five years I stopped drinking tea with cream and sugar because George Orwell made me feel guilty for it in an essay. Only recently have I learned to become a bloody human again.

  5. Somehow, some way, you must get that story on your tombstone. It’s adorable. I would also hedge my bets on Orwell, even if it was his decayed, crumbling corpse.

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