Tammiej (radio_heroine) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

First 3 books of the year.

Book 01: The Picture Of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde - Retold by Kieran McGovern.

My stupid library gave me the level 4 book of Penguin Readers instead of the real The Picture Of Dorian Gray book. They tend to do that a lot, unfortunately. I did read it, because it was very short. I've placed an order for the real book once again, which probably means I have to wait for it for another few weeks. Good thing I have many good books at home right now.

So I'm counting this one, since I did read it, but I'll post about  it when I've read the whole book. :)

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Book 02: Candide by Voltaire. || 3 out of 5 stars.

Candide is the story of a gentle man who, though pummeled and slapped in every direction by fate, clings desperately to the belief that he lives in "the best of all possible worlds." On the surface a witty, bantering tale, this eighteenth-century classic is actually a savage, satiric thrust at the philosophical optimism that proclaims that all disaster and human suffering is part of a benevolent cosmic plan. Fast, funny, often outrageous, the French philosopher's immortal narrative takes Candide around the world to discover that -- contrary to the teachings of his distringuished tutor Dr. Pangloss -- all is not always for the best.

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Book 03: 1984 by George Orwell. || 4 out of 5 stars.

Hidden away in the Record Department of the sprawling Ministry of Truth, Winston Smith skilfully rewrites the past to suit the needs of the Party. Yet he inwardly rebels against the totalitarian world he lives in, which demands absolute obedience and controls him through the all-seeing telescreens and the watchful eye of Big Brother, symbolic head of the Party. In his longing for truth and liberty, Smith begins a secret love affair with a fellow-worker Julia, but soon discovers the true price of freedom is betrayal.

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