You Can’t Please Everyone – 1984

One star Amazon reviews of classic movies, music and literature. Today we take a look at 1984:

This book had a good warning about futur totalitarian government but it was way too wordy. I had too much description and was really boring at the beginging that it took me a while to get through it. The love affair was discusting and the torture and Winston’s viens were discusting and horrifying..Thats it

This book only plays with our mind.

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.

While cultural pundits try to convince you that some literature is better than other literature, the truth is that all art is relative to individial tastes. Thus, it doesn’t make any sense to think that a novel like this one is really any better than say, Michael Crichton or Stephen King. Aesthetic standards can’t be grounded.

Thus, don’t listen to anyone who tries to distinguish between “serious” works of literature like this one and allegedly “lesser” novels. The distinction is entirely illusory, because no novels are “better” than any others, and the concept of a “great novel” is an intellectual hoax. This book isn’t as good as Harry Potter in MY opinion, and no one can refute me. Tastes are relative!

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!

Give me a break. The writing was lousy, the concepts and ideas were questionable…sorry, but one star is pushing this book.

Orwell underestimated the human animal and its tenacity in the face of oppression…his complete and utter takeover of society w/ “Big Brother” just wouldn’t last, even if it could happen.

People have oral histories…ones you cannot erradicate…just ask various peoples around the world who survived oppression despite attempts at stopping their stories and changing their cultures.

Let Orwell’s work die as a curiosity…

Orwell is one of the most overrated novelists of this century. He’s nothing more nor less than a second-rate hack who profiteered by preying on the worst fears of modern man. Today, his book is the modern bible of the paranoid disgruntled white male and other conspiracy nutcases. Yet another fairy tale, albeit a grown-up one, warns us to LOOK OUT for that proverbial boogy man–Big Brother, in this case, being the latest in a long line of aliases he goes under. Perhaps Orwell’s “Newspeak” should include these additions: “Propaganda is Truth”; “Truth is Absolute”; “Freedom springs from Fear”; “Extremism is Virtue.” This book has never made anyone stop to think, but, instead, to fear and hate one more faceless abstraction. Contemporary paranoia gets a much more powerful portrayal in the works of Thomas Pynchon, such as “The Crying of Lot 49.” At least IT has the virtue of being well written.

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Daily Dose of Ingersoll

Every man should be Mentally honest.

He should preserve as his most precious jewel the perfect
veracity of his soul.

He should examine all questions presented to his mind, without
prejudice, — unbiased by hatred or love — by desire or fear. His
object and his only object should be to find the truth. He knows,
if he listens to reason, that truth is not dangerous and that error
is. He should weigh the evidence, the arguments, in honest scales
— scales that passion or interest cannot change. He should care
nothing for authority — nothing for names, customs or creeds —
nothing for anything that his reason does not say is true.

Of his world he should be the sovereign, and his soul should
wear the purple. From his dominions should be banished the hosts of
force and fear.

Robert Green Ingersoll – “Truth” (1897)