Brave New World ( 1932), Aldous Huxley. Amazon
Brave New World Revisited (1958), Aldous Huxley. Amazon
Animal Farm: A Fairy Story (1946), George Orwell. Amazon
Nineteen Eighty-four (1949), George Orwell. Amazon
In Hitler’s Bunker: A Boy Soldier’s Eyewitness Acount of the Fuhrer’s Last Days (2005), Armin D. Lehmann & Tim Carroll. Amazon
Globalization and Its Discontents (2002), Joseph Stiglitz. Amazon
Strength in What Remains (2009), Tracy Kidder. Amazon
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures (1997), Anne Fadiman. Amazon
I’m glad college has exposed me to types of books I haven’t tried to before. Turns out I like them a lot! This has been quite a thought-provoking summer. “Brave New World” and “Nineteen Eighty-four” are two readings for my first class at Stanford, “Technological Visions of Utopia” – two books that lead me to read other titles from the same author. The only ‘holiday task’ from Stanford is reading one short story and two books, namely “Strength in What Remains” and “The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down“. We will have discussion with the authors at Orientation.
It occurred to me that Indonesian school system has been terribly undervaluing the benefits of assigned reading. It’s rare in the first place. When we did have a reading, tasks will be on language (synopsis, etc) , largely ignoring the topics and contents it brought forward. Books are perceived merely as a matter of language and not as a provoker of new ideas and thoughts. Somehow we are educated to read for the sake of the story itself, and not for the meaning behind it.
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