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BOOK REVIEWS

This page is dedicated to some of my favourite books. The BBC's Big Read scheme has succeded in getting some of the younger generation to put down their gameboys and PlayStations and pick up a book...but will it last?
Dorayakii
10 December 2003





The Man in the High Castle

Imagine the world if the Allies had lost World War II - Philip K. Dick provides a vision of what such a world might be like. The Jews, Gypsies and Bible students completely wiped out, the African continent demolished by the Nazi 'Final Solution', the Mediterranean drained to make farmland and the US divided between Japan and the Nazis. Is it real or fantasy?




Nineteen Eighty-Four

Big Brother, thought-police, double-think. George Orwell added a plethora of new terms and concepts to our consciousness. In 1948 he wrote the prophetic warning of a future society in which human rights have been totally suspended. It makes for a thrilling, un-put-downable (is that a word?) read.




The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

A trilogy in five parts (don't ask). A brilliant comedy, parody, sci-fi wrapped into one. Following the adventures of Arthur Dent, after the planet Earth has been demolished. He soon comes to realize The Answer to Life, the Universe and Everything... but what is The Question?





Lord of the Flies

The issues and problems of morality, symbolism of nature of human personality and the reflection of personality on society and are raised in "Lord of the Flies". What would happen if a group of adolescent boys were stranded on a desert island?





Stupid White Men

Michael Moore here produces a fine work of art in exposing the hypocrisy of the Bush administration as well as problems that stem from it both in the USA and the rest of the world. Its initial printing on September 10th 2001 caused it to be banned from printing due to being 'inappropriate material'. Even before it was released in Britain, it became a best-seller overnight. It was due to British help (the BBC and Penguin books) why we can now enjoy this brilliant exposť. It has also already helped me to understand why Blair and the BBC dont get along (even before the Hutton enquiry)... but i'll let you figure that one out for yourself.





MORE BOOK REVIEWS COMING (WHEN IVE FINISHED READING THEM!!!)

I am at the moment in the process of reading:

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe-Douglas Adams
Coming Up for Air - George Orwell
The Hound of the Baskervilles - Arthur Conan Doyle
Great Expectations - Charles Dickens

What, you've never had four books going at one time?



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