A fascinating mystery set in the backdrop of occupied France in WWII. As an avid reader of WWII history, I was completely unaware that these events actually took place. The book is well written but does often times delve into great levels of detail. It also describes the general attitudes of the French towards their German occupiers but also their attitude toward each other after the end of the war in 1945, another area with which I was unfamiliar. I chose the audio version of the book and I am very happy I did as I would have found trying to pronounce all of the French names frustrating. A highly interesting story. Definitely recommended.
Simply put, my favorite book of all time. Orwell's clear portrayal of communism in the 1950's, embellished with amazing details of daily life amidst an overbearing government make for a truly great read. The subtleties are everywhere. From Victory Gin to the Ministry of Truth to Doublethink to the Ingsoc party slogan: War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength. 1984 is a wonderful and imaginitive story as well as a strong political statement that is still relevant today. The narration is top notch. I give this book a rating of double plus good.
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