One of the book clubs that I attend, chooses 6 classics a year, as well as 6 contemporary novels. I have belonged for 16 years, so I have read 96 classics with this group.
I have to admit that many of the classics are challenging and there are other books that I would prefer to read. However, it is a great discipline and I appreciate this wide sweep of literature.
Imagine my surprise when I checked on another blog that I enjoy, called "Giraffe Dreams".
The focus of that blog entry is Hans Litten- the man who stood up to Hitler.
Now I am ashamed to complain about reading a difficult book that should have reminded me of the importance of our freedom- to act, to think, to be!
Carol says, "Hitler can burn books and imprison intellectuals, but thoughts are free. Never stop reading".
Unfortunately, in Orwell's book, thoughts were not free. It is a dystopian novel where Big Brother was watching and the 'thought police' were everywhere.
Thanks, Carol, for your blog entry that reminds us to be grateful for our freedom.