stories i want to read about

i originally wanted to read 1984 by George Orwell or Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. i like reading dystopias and anything about the government. i feel like these books are showing us whats going on in the world today and the authors back then actually knew it was gonna happen. i read Fahrenheit 451 back in highschool and how the consensus back then thought it was about censorship. i feel like theres more to it than censorship. the dumbing down of society and to keep us “distracted”.

I was also thinking of reading something by Ernest Hemingway. this post by Jim Quinn of the Burning Platform made me appreciate him. His quotes just stood out to me. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/guest-post-old-man-and-sea-2011.

im currently leaning towards In the Penal Colony by Franz Kafka. im a little sketchy about it because its originally in german and to get a really good understanding of literature i feel like it needs to be read in its original language.

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  1.   Kevin L. Ferguson on September 23rd, 2011

    Good point about the translation thing. That is a consideration. I would say to also take a look at Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery.”

    Here is a website with a couple more suggestions: http://literarycabinet.roomforum.com/t408-utopian-dystopian-short-stories
    Specifically, Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut, The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas by Ursula le Guin, and The Machine Stops by E.M. Forster (we know what he would say about plot!)

    You can update this post when you’ve made your final choice.

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