Poll: Which Book should i read
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Life of Pi
9 13%
The Handmaid's Tale
2 3%
The Thirteenth Tale
0 0%
1984
50 71%
The Picture of Dorian Grey
6 9%
Shoeless Joe
0 0%
Other (explain below)
3 4%
Voters: 70.
#1
So basically i have to choose a book for my grade 12 english class. The options are:

Life of Pi
The Handmade's Tale
The Thirteenth Tale
1984
The Picture of Dorian Grey
Shoeless Joe

Also, for whatever book I choose, I need to find one with a similar theme to write a comparison essay on. The teacher said we could also do other books if we choose..so if you recommend something else (which I know people will), also try and recommend a book that would match it.
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#5
1984. Then compare it to Brave New World.
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1984. Then compare it to Brave New World.

yeah..that was one of her examples
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#9
Life of Pi


cause it's obviously refrencing Virtua Fighter. >_>


On a serious note: Read it, like now.
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#10
I found 1984 the most interesting read out of that list.

If you wanted a theme, you could probably write about the 'search for identity' or something alike. Then, you could compare it to a book such as How To Kill A Mockingbird in which the 'search for identity' is explored but in a different context.
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#11
1984. I did it for English last year for AS level too, it's a great book. I'm doing it for my politics A2 this year also!
#12
1984. I loved it. The Picture of Dorian Gray would be my second choice.
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#13
1984, definitely.
George Orwell is one of my favorite authors of all time, and incase your interested, that book was also referenced in songs like "Testify" by R.A.T.M, and "2+2=5" by Radiohead.
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#14
Picture of Dorian Gray. Compare it to Goethe's Faust or any book with a Faustian theme.
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#16
1984 or Dorian Grey. Both outstanding works of literature.
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#17
1984 compared to Ayn Rand's "We the Living".
Both are brilliant books.
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#18
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1984. Then compare it to Brave New World.

This.
But after you read 1984 please rant to someone about how the main character pissed you off at the end. Trust me. It helps.
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#20
1984
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I wonder how many of you have actually read any of the books other than 1984.

I've read some of each actually.
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#22
1984, though I would choose Animal Farm or Brave New World if your teacher allowed it.

Dorian Gray is pretty good, as is Shoeless Joe (which was used as a basis for the movie Field of Dreams). The Handmaid's Tale is an interesting concept (basically a feminist's take on 1984 to me), but Atwood's writing leaves something to be desired for me, especially in terms of characterization. I haven't read the other two.
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#24
If you do 1984, you could accompany it with Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Phillip K Dick.
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#26
Everyone has read 1984. It's a bit of a silly suggestion. Whilst, don't get me wrong, 1984 is an absolutely amazing book, A Picture of a Dorian Gray has much simpler themes. Everyone in the media has a different interpretation of 1984 and a lot of them are horribly, horribly wrong. I mean, for some readings of a book there's not 'wrong' readings but there are wrong readings. Take, for example, many people, politicians and journalists of the sorts, on the right. They may read 1984 as being anti-socialism when the book was written by a socialist.

1984 is an absolutely fantastic book which you should read, but A Picture of Dorian Gray has much simpler themes at hand which might be easier to discuss and analyse. It'll be a bit easier to handle the text and to analyse it as it is compared to 1984, especially if whoever marking you takes a silly reading of 1984 to be true. A Picture of Dorian Gray is also a really fantastic book which is easy to read. Whilst you should read both, A Picture of Dorian Gray will be better to study. The only reason why 1984 is winning greatly on the polls is because the majority of intelligent Westerners have read the book by the time they're 25.

EDIT: If you're looking for comparison books, do We and Brave New World. We is basically the reason why 1984 and Brave New World Exist. It's a good book, but written by a Russian if that matters. Translated into English at least twice (go for the Puffin Edition). I wouldn't go for 1984 due to the reasons stated above, but with Brave New World and We you're looking at dystopia, which is really interesting within itself.
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#27
How about something different then whats on that list...
Try reading The God of Small Things if your teacher will allow it.
I read it for my AP English and it is by far my favorite book. Although you might have to read it twice to fully get it
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#28
1984 is probably the most overrated book of all time. The Picture of Dorian Gray is probably overrated too, but I like it better than 1984. Plus Oscar Wilde was a flaming homosexual, which is cool. I haven't read the other ones, so I'll vote for that.
#30
You don't know what a good book is until you've read The Man Without Qualities.


It's well beyond the scope of this project though. I bring it up only because it is the greatest novel ever written.
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well, I read a few pages, put it down, and started reading Towing Jehovah. I'll pick it up again eventually, maybe this coming weekend. may as well get it over with.

As a side note, whilst experiences may differ, the third part of 1984 makes it worth reading (read the whole thing though, obviously).
#34
1984 was mandatory for my grade 12 English but I also read 2001 for the book we had to choose. Your teacher might have higher expectations for 1984 due to being an English teacher and their susceptibility to hype. My only issue with 1984 is the first act which was fairly boring, but the ending was great. 2001 was awesome overall.
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I second this, bizarre book but an overall good read.
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Also, for whatever book I choose, I need to find one with a similar theme to write a comparison essay on.

1984 || Brave New World. Easy as.

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#37
Life of Pi.

It's actually a great read, and it's more unique than 1984, which is also a good book, but it's what everyone does.

EDIT: Cat's Cradle is a great book. If you can find a way to compare the religion in Life of Pi to the religion of Cat's Cradle, DO IT DO IT DO IT.
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