George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.
I first read this book in school while in the ninth grade 34 years ago for English class. I had an excellent teacher-Mr. Stankewicz (?) made the book delightfully interesting and the entire class elaborated on it.
34 years later, I decided to read it again- mostly because of the similarities between nowadays and the “Big Brother is watching you” correlations: traffic cameras, neighborhood cameras (in high-crime areas) and even strategies to monitor spending habits by luring customers to provide personal info and sign up for savings and coupons via email.
The author does a splendid job of describing what happens when those in power enslave the little or less fortunate people in society.
All in all, I have an even greater appreciation for the book. And especially enjoy the ending and the breakdown of politics for that system and how it has been used in various parts of the world (as in communist societies).
This omnibus edition includes the first three books of the beloved Farm Fresh Romance series and is over 25 hours of tears, laughter, and happily ever afters! Three idealistic Christian women. One farm on the road to sustainability. No romantic prospects. Or are there?
I loved this three book set. Reminds me of the Waltons and shows from my childhood. Wholesome. Realistic and totally believable.
Little Lorna Bell is from a notorious family on a rundown estate. Everyone thinks she's a nasty piece of work. The schoolchildren call her a thief. But Lorna's hair is matted, her shoes pinch her feet, and school teacher Claire Penny can't help herself; some kids just need a bit more support, a bit more love, than the rest. As the bond between teacher and pupil grows stronger, Claire sees Lorna's bruises, and digs to uncover the disturbing tale behind them. Heartbroken, Claire knows she has to act. She must make Lorna safe.
Started off a tad slow but unwound into a story far different than normal. Love the ending; could easily be picked back up and continued. Makes you imagine several possible endings!
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Donna Goodman never wanted to be a preacher's wife. Nevertheless, falling in love with Pastor Walter Goodman was unexpected, thrusting her into a lifestyle that she feared most. Unwilling to accept the role of a perfect wife, Donna left Walter and his congregation behind. Enter Tracy. Beautiful yet damaged, Tracy Broussard wants one thing only - to be loved. Instant chemistry between Tracy and the separated Walter leads her to believe that her dreams are finally coming true.
This was astoundingly different yet mesmerizing. Captivating and informative. Can't wait...I'm hooked.Wow! Awesome. Intrigued. Enlightened.
Over the course of 10 Mitford novels, fans have kept a special place in their hearts for Dooley Kavanagh, first featured in At Home in Mitford as a barefoot, freckle-faced boy in filthy overalls. Now, Father Tim Kavanagh's adopted son has graduated from vet school and opened his own animal clinic. Since money will be tight for a while, maybe he and Lace Harper, his once and future soul mate, should keep their wedding simple.
As one of millions of Jan Karon's fans; I must say this book is right up with the rest: Never disappointing! I hated for it to end. As always I laughed and cried. Mostly what I loved about this one was that we learned poor old Barnabus finally gave up the ghost and to hear the narrator respond in dear sweet Miss Sadie's voice. Sounded just like her. What a refreshing treat. There are many wonderful treats in this lovely installment. I truly hated for it to end.
Victoria Snyder, adopted when she was only days old, pastes on a smile for her mama's wedding day, but inside she's all atremble. Lawman Rocky Jordan is back home. And this time he's got a bullet hole in his shoulder and enough audacity to come calling. Since tragedy seems to strike those she cares for with uncanny frequency, she wants nothing to do with a man who could be killed in the line of duty like her father.
On the mark of how different women think from men. She so reminded me of myself 20 years ago. But with time and prayers come wisdom.
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Aaron Miller knows a thing or two about loss. He’s lost love. Dignity. Second, and even third, chances. Once honored for his heroism, he now lives in near obscurity, working as a handyman in a humble trailer park. But God is a master at finding and redeeming the lost things of life. Unbeknownst to Aaron, someone is searching for him. With deep insight into the human heart, consummate storyteller Dan Walsh gently weaves a tale of a life spent in the shadows but meant for the light. Through tense scenes of war and tender moments of romance, The Reunion will make you believe that everyone can get a second chance at life and love.
Would you listen to The Reunion again? Why?
Oh my yes, I just finished it-and want to just listen to it again. It was just that good!
What did you like best about this story?
Aaron's surprise(s) at the reunion.
Which scene was your favorite?
When his family came up hugged him and poured out love and affection to him-and his emotional overload of sobbing.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
When the crippled Vietnam Veteran hurled the painful truth to him having even more reason to hate God and his reply in turning the tables to show that he did in fact have reason to believe in God in his own life.
Any additional comments?
I don't know when I've enjoyed a story more than this one-it truly is now my 2nd favorite book! Holy Bible being my #1.
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