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1984: With Connections (HRW Library) Hardcover – 1 Dec 2000

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Steck-Vaughn (Dec. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0030565073
  • ISBN-13: 978-0030565076
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,983 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,633,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"My favourite book is 1984 . . . More relevant to today than almost any other book that you can think of" (Jo Brand)

"His final masterpiece . . . enthralling and indispensable for understanding modern history" (New York Review of Books)

"The book of the twentieth century . . . haunts us with an ever-darker relevance" (Independent)

"Orwell remains the most indispensable English writer of his period" (Observer)

"One of the most influential English writers of the twentieth century" (Robert McCrum Observer)

"Many writers and journalists have tried to imitate his particular kind of clarity without possessing anything like his moral authority" (Peter Ackroyd The Times)

"Matchlessly sharp and fresh . . . The clearest and most compelling English prose style this century" (John Carey Sunday Times)

"Orwell's innocent eye was often devastatingly perceptive . . . a man who looked at his world with wonder and wrote down exactly what he saw, in admirable prose" (Evening Standard)

"The great moral force of his age . . . It is impossible not to be elated by his literary and political writing . . . the most lovable of writers, someone whose books can make the reader long for his company" (Spectator) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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George Orwell's dystopian masterpiece - one of the definitive and most influential novels of the nineteenth century. Now available as an unabridged audiobook. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This is a totally engaging historical novel that goes no way to catering for today's pc mentality reflecting both peoples' attitudes towards each other and the world they lived in. With hindsight and modern thinking, it's easy to criticise their loyalty to their cause. But this was their time and their cause, their world that was swept away forever by the horror of civil war. Nobody can know and reflect history so well as those that have lived it. I understand that Margaret Mitchell got the basis for this novel from tales told to her by her grandmother who had lived throughthe conflict and remembered that other world. Superbly rounded characters, and although you may not like them, you have to empathise with them in some part because basically they are so terribly human,flawed and far from perfect.
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I recently happened to spend an afternoon at Stone Mountain Park in Atlanta. There in the Confederate Memorial Hall, I learned about the suffering experienced by the people of The South during The American Civil War. The sculpture carved into the mountain of Jefferson Davis, Robert E Lee and General "Stonewall" Jackson are testament to how deep feelings still run in the hearts of The Confederate States.
Gone With the Wind is a story which captures those years and the hardships endured. Scarlett is a spoiled, selfish and headstrong young woman whose determination and bravery keeps her loved ones from starving during the hard times. The book is full of big characters like Rhett and Mammy who both love Scarlett unconditionally but are not always able to save her from herself. Scarlett refuses to be bound by convention if it prevents her from having her way but as the story progresses, her selfishness is overcome by her courage in the face of adversity.
I loved this book. It is so beautifully written and gives a wonderful insight into those war years and the terrible effects on the Southern people. I couldn't wait to get to the end of the 1037 pages but having reached the end was then bereft. What could I possibly read after Gone With the Wind which would match this beautiful story?
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I love this book. It begins by setting the scene of the old South before the war of Northern Aggression and continues through to its dreadful climax and on into the rebuilding of a new society. We follow Scarlett through the desperation of fear and famine. We understand her choices as anyone who has been afraid or starving. It's not as frothy as the film and I cried in more than one place. The use of language common in those days may bother some folk but not me, and I loved the dialogue written in slave dialect as this allows me to immerse myself fully in the story. All in though I would describe this as a brilliant read but very sad too. You should probably read Scarlett after this but you'll have to suspend a bit of reality.
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What a story! The intermingled lives of Scarlett, Ashley, Melly & Rhett and their separate families make riveting reading in a book that's very hard to put down. Set against the background of the Civil War, Scarlett's courage & tenacity stand out like a beacon. The deprivation & poverty of the aftermath of the war, the freeing and lawlessness of the slaves & well explained beginning of the Klu Klux Klan, all wound in and around Scarlett's efforts to support her family in the only way she knows how - all meld together into an unforgettable tale of survival against the odds. Brilliant book. Recommended.
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Atlanta born Margaret Mitchell's 1936 classic novel, 'Gone With The Wind', remains one of the best-selling novels of all time. She never wanted to seek out literary success, but turned out to be more than capable, and the book won the Pulitzer Prize and was adapted into perhaps the best known and loved films of all time. Margaret Mitchell would not get a chance to write another novel, as she was struck and killed by a car on her way to the cinema at only 49 years of age.
The novel is a tale of unrequited love, a love triangle, challenging the morality of the nineteen-thirties while set in the previous century. With its detailed atmosphere of a vanished age, its compelling characters, its forceful narrative, its description of human survival, and its portrayal of the persistence of romantic dreams, 'Gone With the Wind' continues to enthrall readers worldwide. As well as being a novel of epic proportions, it is valuable as an historical record, though one that should probably be read with caution. A depiction of life and conflict in the nineteenth-century South, the novel also documents twentieth-century emotions about the old Confederate South. One enduring legacy of 'Gone with the Wind' is that people worldwide often think it was the 'true story' of the Old South and how it was changed by the American Civil War and Reconstruction. The film adaptation of the novel arguably amplified the effect.
Margaret Mitchell arranged Gone with the Wind chronologically, basing it on the life and experiences of Scarlett O'Hara, as she grew from adolescence into adulthood. (During the time span of the novel, from 1861 to 1873, Scarlett ages from sixteen to twenty-eight years.) The growth and education of Scarlett O'Hara is influenced by the events of her time.
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