Have you ever had a dream, Neo, that you were so sure was real? What if you were unable to wake from that dream? How would you know the difference between the dream world and the real world?
Last night I finished reading Fahrenheit 451, and really loved it. There are tons more books in the utopia/dystopia theme: 1984, Brave New World, Animal Farm (Amazon.com's review says, " Since its publication in 1946, George Orwell's fable of a workers' revolution gone wrong has rivaled Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea as the Shortest Serious Novel It's OK to Write a Book Report About. (The latter is three pages longer and less fun to read."), The Giver, The Handmaid's Tale, and even possibly Cormac McCarthy's The Road (recently chosen as the next Oprah pick.) I've decided that this would make an excellent reading challenge for myself, so I took the time to make up some "rules" for myself (and anyone else I can convince to play along).
- Any 5 (for me, you can read more or less) books that fall into the "Scary New World" category. Interpret this as you like, but be prepared to defend questionable choices.
- They do not have to be books you've never read, but they should be books you haven't read in a long time. For example, I read Brave New World in 10th grade (1989), but will likely choose it again for this.
- The challenge begins now and ends November 6th.(I thought Nov. 4, 2008 would be appropriate, but decided that a year and a half might be a little long for this.) You may join at any point in the challenge.
I will choose my books this weekend and post my choices. Also, I need a name for this, any suggestions? If I actually convince anyone to sign up for it with me I'll start a Yahoo! group thing. If it's just me talking to myself I probably won't.