100 episodes

Just the Best Literature inspires you to not only read printed books, but to read only the best books. Besides books, host Dennis Leap will lead discussions on other current literature such as essays and important articles.

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    • 4.7, 19 Ratings

Just the Best Literature inspires you to not only read printed books, but to read only the best books. Besides books, host Dennis Leap will lead discussions on other current literature such as essays and important articles.

    #212: 1984 “Book 2”: Winston, Julia and O’Brien, Part 1

    #212: 1984 “Book 2”: Winston, Julia and O’Brien, Part 1

    Host Dennis Leap and guests Deborah Leap and Emma Moore discuss the unique aspects of the characters Winston, Julia and O’Brien.

    • 27 min
    #211: 1984: The World of Winston Smith, Part 2

    #211: 1984: The World of Winston Smith, Part 2

    Host Dennis Leap and guests Grant Turgeon and James Brandon discuss highlights from Book 1 of George Orwell’s classic novel 1984. They discuss Winston Smith’s job in the Ministry of Truth, modern media’s use of fake news, lying permitted on television, Newspeak and the control of others’ thoughts, activist journalists, Syme and the elimination of classic literature, and the people closest to Winston—O’Brien, Julia, Katharine and the Parsons.

    • 30 min
    #210: 1984: The World of Winston Smith, Part 1

    #210: 1984: The World of Winston Smith, Part 1

    Host Dennis Leap and guests Grant Turgeon and James Brandon discuss highlights from Book 1 of George Orwell’s classic novel 1984. Topics discussed include telescreens, Winston’s diary, propaganda, the destruction of language, the two minutes of hate, and today’s mainstream news.

    • 26 min
    #209: George Orwell: A Conversation With Michael Shelden

    #209: George Orwell: A Conversation With Michael Shelden

    In this extended length program, host Dennis Leap and guest Deborah Leap hold a conversation with Michael Sheldon, author of Orwell: The Authorized Biography. Michael shares his insights on why George Orwell wrote his famous novel 1984.

    • 53 min
    #208: Why Eric Arthur Blair Became George Orwell, Part 2

    #208: Why Eric Arthur Blair Became George Orwell, Part 2

    Host Dennis Leap discusses Eric Blair’s adolescent years, his dysfunctional family life, his idyllic boyhood home in the picturesque setting of Henley-on-Thames, his difficulty making friends, and his tough years at St. Cyprian’s boarding school.

    • 30 min
    #207: Why Eric Arthur Blair Became George Orwell, Part 1

    #207: Why Eric Arthur Blair Became George Orwell, Part 1

    Host Dennis Leap opens the JBL summer book discussion series, “Blast From the Past,” with a biographical sketch on the man who became George Orwell, author of the prescient novel 1984.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

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Best of its kind

For years I have had colleagues propose to start a book club or invite me to theirs. I have always declined because the literature they focus on is usually not of my tastes. JBL gets back to the basics and mines more jewels out of the classics few read anymore, let alone discuss.

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