Let's read "1984" by George Orwell

  • April 25, 2014 · 6:00 PM
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This may seem like a strange choice in books. However, over dinner the other night my friends were talking about how much has changed since September 11, 2001 in terms of monitoring activity of citizens. We all know about Target's breach of confidential information which affected over one million people (1/3 of this country). We also hear frequently about the NSA (National Security Agency) accessing phone records, emails and internet usage. Although Orwell wrote "1984" as a critique of Soviet Russia, who would have thought when we first read it in High School that we'd be facing monitoring by the government as well. Back in High School it was inconceivable to imagine the technology we have today which has resulted in our lives being watched, maybe not by Big Brother but certainly by people sitting in front of computers checking databases. Now that it's been 30 years since 1984 it would be interesting to talk about the book, what we felt when we first read it, and how the world has changed (or not) from Orwell's vision. I hope this will be a stimulating conversation with opinions expressed on both the book and how we live today. Please note: meeting open only to members of this group. NO GUESTS.

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  • Janet

    I agree with Robin. This is a relaxed discussion group about the book we read, and it would be unfair to expect that level of discussion. Our book club is still relatively new and I believe we're still finding our way. We've read interesting book and had interesting discussions, with members participating in their own way. You cannot expect members to participate more than they feel comfortable. As the organizer, I see Jeanne's role more as a participant/facilitator. And though she might go around the group asking people's opinions, she never stops anyone from speaking otherwise. Jeanne always prepares for the discussion, researching the period/even the book involves as well as any other related information she thinks is pertinent. I commend the effort she makes to prepare for the meeting, it's not easy leading such a group. You might enjoy the group if you did not have such high expectations, or perhaps you need to find a group that better meets your needs.

    1 · April 26

  • Robin B.

    I think B Moore you are being a little unfair to Jeanne. The Info given at the beginning was background to why she recommended the book. Also, I have been in many reading groups and each has it own view point. This group is more free flowing which I enjoyed. I also think the group is finding its way. I thought the discussion was great yesterday. If you want the discussion to be more academic why not suggest that you want to lead the group one week and direct the discussion. Something to think about. Robin

    1 · April 26

  • Jeanne

    I'm sorry if the book club was not up to certain person's expectations. This is a book club and I try hard, and believe I succeed, in bringing everyone into the discussion. The club usually runs an hour. I don't know what the criticism of it being a "lecture" means. It's my job as organizer to do a bit of research and present information which will add to the dicussion. I went around the table and asked everyone what they thought and gave each an opportunity to speak. This is not meant to be an advanced dissection of the book. Perhaps your expectations were too high. This is a MeetUp group, not a classroom.

    1 · April 26

  • A former member
    A former member

    Expected more rigorous discussion of book and was wanting more participation of other members. Felt it was more lecture than discussion format. After spending so many hours studying/reading book thought we would discuss more motif, symbolism, structure, hx of book, etc.

    1 · April 26

  • Robin B.

    Jeanne, I hope you feel better. Hopefully see you next time.

    April 25

  • Anne G.

    Jeanne, Sorry Cannot Make it Tomorrow, come down with a nasty cold which I cannot get rid up. Thank you for understanding. Anne

    April 24

  • rose m.

    well let me know if a spot becomes available and i will get the book.

    April 19

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