Hello Family, We finished last week's book in record time! I do hope you all enjoyed it. We will be starting a new one next week, as outlined below. Book of the Month for December, 2004 1984 by George Orwell Click Here To Get The Book Online - FREE - 1984 WHEN: Every Thursday @ 8 pm ET WHERE: Destee Voice Chat Room BOOK DESCRIPTION In 1984, Winston Smith lives in London which is part of the country Oceania. The world is divided into three countries that include the entire globe: Oceania, Eurasia, and Eastasia. Oceania, and both of the others, is a totalitarian society led by Big Brother, which censors everyone’s behavior, even their thoughts. Winston is disgusted with his oppressed life and secretly longs to join the fabled Brotherhood, a supposed group of underground rebels intent on overthrowing the government. Winston meets Julia and they secretly fall in love and have an affair, something which is considered a crime. One day, while walking home, Winston encounters O'Brien, an inner party member, who gives Winston his address. Winston had exchanged glances with O'Brien before and had dreams about him giving him the impression that O'Brien was a member of the Brotherhood. Since Julia hated the party as much as Winston did, they went to O'Brien’s house together where they were introduced into the Brotherhood. O'Brien is actually a faithful member of the Inner-Party and this is actually a trap for Winston, a trap that O'Brien has been cleverly setting for seven years. Winston and Julia are sent to the Ministry of Love which is a sort of rehabilitation center for criminals accused of thoughtcrime. There, Winston was separated from Julia, and tortured until his beliefs coincided with those of the Party. Winston denounces everything he believed him, even his love for Julia, and was released back into the public where he wastes his days at the Chestnut Tree drinking gin. HOW OUR ONLINE BOOK CLUB WORKS We meet every Thursday @ 8 pm ET, and everyone that has a copy of the book is welcome to read portions of it to those present. This allows for everyone to have benefit of "reading" the book, even if they don't have it in their possession, by listening to it be read. We generally read for about an hour, but oftentimes the book is so good, we aren't quite ready to stop! We take turns reading, and if time allows, we may discuss what we read during each weekly book chat session. While this book has been chosen for the month of December, 2004, we will read it until we're finished, even if that requires us to go into the next month. Everyone is encouraged to post to this thread, their thoughts, opinions, etc., regarding the book as we progress through it. If you've already read this book and would like to share your thoughts of it, you are welcome to do so in this thread as well. Please Join Us! Destee . . .