Published by Twigg on 2014-11-23
The other day a pleasant young lady came into my store shopping with her mother. Unlike most girls her age she was not carrying a cell-phone and texting her friends. She was actually paying attention to her shopping experience with her parent. We got into a discussion and it turns out she is reading in her senior year text1984text which I read in my senior year some fifty years ago.
Aside from asking the questions of the difference in reading the title in prospect versus reading in retrospect (possibly a topic for a nice inter-generational discussion), this young lady asked if I could recommend other books that might be similar to 1984.
I suggested Animal Farm and almost anything by Ayn Rand.
I did a search on Yahoo (I thought)and came up with some good leads on duckduckgo.com. Actually my default search engine got switched to duckduckgo.com which in itself is an Orwellian type event. So here are some of the results from duckduckgo.com.
From clasiclit.about.com — Must Read Books if you like ‘1984’
–Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
From www.tastekid.com — If you like ‘1984’ you might like:
Brave New World
A Clockwork Orange
Down And Out In Paris And London
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
Lord Of The Flies
The Time Machine (on my list to read in 2015)
Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?
The Handmaid’s Tale
www.goodreads.com had some matches with tastekid.com. But here there were some newer titles that should be refreshing additions to your library:
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Paris Spleen by Charles Baudelaire
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (Hitchhiker’s Guide, #4) by Douglas Adams
Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
The Sandman, Vol. 7: Brief Lives (The Sandman #7) by Neil Gaiman
Dune Messiah (Dune Chronicles, #2) by Frank Herbert
Catch-22 (Catch-22, #1) by Joseph Heller
Die Physiker by Friedrich Dürrenmatt
The Elephant Tree by R.D. Ronald
The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
A Modest Proposal and Other Satirical Works by Jonathan Swift
Candide by Voltaire
The Rainbow (Brangwen Family, #1) by D.H. Lawrence
Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters & Seymour: An Introduction by J.D. Salinger
Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler
Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke
There you go, Rebecca. Happy reading.