But has Winston Smith’s wrestle with oppression stood the test of time and remained chilling?
And do you hear the term Big Brother and think ‘Oh great, when is that coming back on TV ?’ rather than ‘I really must read 1984’.
Being a member of a reading group I often find that the book chosen is something I have already read. I used to feel it was a waste of time to re-read and tried to wing it by looking at a synopis online, but faced with Wolf Hall as our next choice might be wise and useful to re-read it? Will it give me a better understanding? I re-read Wuthering Heights in my 30s and was saddened to see Heathcliffe as a tiresome bully instead of the hero of my teenage years.
Perhaps ones initial emotional response to a novel should not be tested with a second read. What do you think?
We could celebrate the birth of the London Underground – 150 years on 9 January – by reading a book set on the Bakerloo line?
253 by Geoff Ryman is a novel about 252 passengers and 1 driver during a journey from Embankment to Elephant and Castle. Their personal histories, thoughts about themselves and other passengers are described on one page for each character. Perfect to dip into when on the tube or the bus.
Anyone have any other ideas?