Book Review: Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

UntitledEdition: Paperback. 368 pages
Published: Penguin Classics (3 Jan. 2013)
Genre: Dystopia, Science Fiction, Historic Fiction, Politics, Classics
Rating: 3.5 stars

Written in 1948, 1984 was George Orwell’s chilling prophecy about the future. While 1984 has come and gone, Orwell’s narrative is more timely than ever. 1984 presents a “negative utopia”, that is at once a startling and haunting vision of the world — so powerful that it’s completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the power of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of entire generations of readers, or the resiliency of its admonitions — a legacy that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time. Continue reading “Book Review: Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell”

Book Review: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

9357704Edition: Paperback, 148 pages
Published: Vintage Classics
Genre: Classics, literature, historic fiction, academic
Rating: 3 stars

This is a late review. Ever since the Great Gatsby film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan was released in 2013, I have been meaning to read it but I decided for not to read it because I’m not really a classics reader, so I didn’t think it was for me. But then my friend actually brought me the book as a gift, so it gave me the opportunity to finally read it.

This is probably my favourite line in the book and also a fantastic opening paragraph. (I have this obsession with amazing opening paragraphs.) Continue reading “Book Review: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald”