Brave New World

Brave New World - Aldous Huxley How is it that in the case of some authors, like Huxley, I can take one book of theirs, read it, hate it, and I can then read another of their works and love it? Aldous Huxley is a good example for that. I hated [b:Point Counter Point|5135|Point Counter Point|Aldous Huxley||954202], but i freakin' loved [b:Brave New World|5129|Brave New World|Aldous Huxley||3204877]. How come!? I can't explain it..

This book has been an awesome ride. It kind of reminded me of [b:1984|5470|1984|George Orwell||153313], but at the other end. For example, Orwell's book was a lot about dictatorship and the Government oppressing any form of freedom with torture and punishments. Huxley didn't do it that way. He wrote about this eerie population, constantly high on some and constantly given entertainment to feed their needs. It's the same basic principle of separation, where you have the lower class and higher classes, but they are held still by different means - to one, you give pain and to the other, you give entertainment.

Kind of like that famous quote: bread and circuses, that's what you give them in order to maintain the low level of understanding. As long as they are fed and entertained, their bellies full and their minds blank.. they're fine. You're fine. Everything is fine.

Going back to the first thing I said, how I hated Point Counter Point . I thought it was horribly written and couldn't stand the characters; I was literally forcing myself to move on, page after page. In the case of Brave New World , there was none of that. I read it in under two days, and when I say two days I actually mean ten hours or so because with school and everything I just don't get the time anymore to read how I'd like to. It was just super-fast and I couldn't seem to stop reading, I wanted more and more and more.

A very good book indeed and they're all right to call it a masterpiece!

(More thoughts about this book and the idea of it you can find in the review for [b:Brave New World Revisited|5481|Brave New World Revisited |Aldous Huxley||16335101])