Thursday, April 8, 2010

B is for Brave New World

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. If you've heard the song This is War by 30 Seconds to Mars, you'll probably hear that one of their lines is: "It's a brave new world from the last to the first." Now, listening to song (many times), I don't think it actually has anything to do with the book, except for that one line.

Review: So, I liked the book. It reminded me of 1984 (George Orwell). It was about a dystopia, which is basically the opposite of a utopia. I don't really know what else to say about it. It's a hard dystopia to explain. That, and I'm not really sure what to think about it. It was strange. I would recommend it to people who like classics. Also, people who've read George Orwell or like dystopias/utopias. I'm also going to say that if you've read books like The Giver (Lois Lowry), The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins), and/or Uglies (Scott Westerfeld), you might like this book or 1984. Just because they're all about dystopias. (2)
Characters: So, the main characters would be Bernard Marx, Lenina Crowne, and John the Savage. I don't really have much to say about them either. I do however, want to say something about John. He was from a Savage reservation. I think he is the one with the most humanity in the story. He believes in things like God and love and things like that. I think he's the only one (besides the others at the savage reservation) who knows what the really important things in life are. (1)
Story: So, this is a dystopian novel. That's really all I have to say. (1/2)

Stars: 3.5
"The Savage interrupted him. "But isn't it natural to feel there's a God?" "You might as well ask if it's natural to do up one's trousers with zippers," said the Controller sarcastically. "You remind me of another of those old fellows called Bradley. He defined philosophy as the finding of bad reason for what one believes by instinct. As if one believed anything by instinct! One believes things because one has been conditioned to believe them. Finding bad reasons for what one believes for other bad reasons–that's philosophy. People believe in God because they've been conditioned to."

"In a properly organized society like ours, nobody has any oppurtunities for being noble or heroic. Conditions have got to be thouroughly unstable before the occasion can arise. When there are wars, where there are divided allegiances, where there are temptations to be resisted, objects of love to be fought for or defended - there, obviously, nobility and heroism have some sense. But there aren't any wars nowadays. The greatest care is taken to prevent you from loving anyone too much. There's no such thing as a divided allegiance; you're so conditioned that you can't help doing what you ought to do. And what you ought to do is on the whole so pleasant, so many of the natural impulses are allowed free paly, that there really aren't any temptations ro resist. And if ever, by some unlucky chance, anything unpleasant should somehow happen, why, there's always soma to give you a holiday from the facts. And there's always soma to calm your anger, to reconcile you to your enemies, to make you patient and long-suffering. In the past you could only accomplish these things by making a great effort and after years of hard moral training. now, you swallow two or three half-gramme tablets, and there you are. Anybody can be virtous now. You can carry at least half your mortality about in a bottle. Christianity without tears - that's what soma is."

""Pain's a delusion." "Oh, is it?" said the Savage and, picking up a thick hzel switch, strode forward. The man from the The Fordian Science Monitor made a dash for his helicopter."

More By This Author:
The Doors of Perception
Heaven and Hell

He has more than that, but those are the only ones I know.