If like me, you are reading about two or three books at once and keeping an eye out for the next book to read, then post is for you. I believe a good book and a cup of tea are some of life’s loveliest pleasures. My local book store is full of fabulous treasures and I couldn’t resist purchasing a few including, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari and Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. This post is to provide a brief overview without giving away too much of the plot.
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind – Yuval Noah Harari.
Sapiens is a bold and provocative book exploring humankind’s extraordinary history from Stone Age to the present and beyond. It details our journey from insignificant apes to rulers of the world. Its an excellent read for anyone interested in the history of mankind. It explores questions through themes such as, what makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us Sapiens?
As a specialist in world history, military history and medieval history, Yuval Noah Harari is best known for his investigations into macro-historical questions concerning the relationship between history and science, the origins of mankind and its future.
From reading Sapiens, it has broadened my understanding. It provides an excellent overview of how our species has developed over time. I like the attention to detail Yuval Noah Harari displays throughout the book. When I finished reading it, it made me reflect on the world, especially giving me a sense of how briefly we’ve been on this Earth, and it really made me change the way I look at things. Its an enjoyable yet stimulating read and I would highly recommend it.
Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell.
A gripping, nail-bitting read, 1984 is the story of a man named Winston Smith who works in the Record Department in the Ministry of Truth. Winston’s task is to rewrite the past to suit the needs of the Party, which he does so very skilfully. However, Winston inwardly rebels against the totalitarian world he lives in, which demands absolute obedience and controls not only Winston but the population through the all-seeing telescreens and the watchful eye of Big Brother, the symbolic head of the Party. In his quest for truth and liberty, Smith begins a love affair with co-worker Julia however, he soon learns the true price of freedom is betrayal.
1984 is much a cultural and historical book as it is an absorbing thriller. George Orwell’s 1984 changed and continues to change the way we think about the past and imagine the future. 1984 resonates completely becoming a part of our commonplace lexicon, with words such as, doublethink and Big Brother (Orwell even coined the term ‘Cold War’) becoming apart of the fabric of everyday life and speech. It is a book that remains as fresh and as sharply resonate now as it did when it was first published in 1949.
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