I’ve decided I need to try and write down my thoughts of books I’ve read since I tend to always forget what exactly I loved about them and seeing as people tend to ask me about what I read and what I’d recommend them I’d be nice to remember and list the why and how of my love. SO! I’m kicking off with Aldous! It’s been quite a while since I finished this so I’m keeping it short.
Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World is an irrevocable classic that I knew I’d appreciate yet I never expected I’d be so utterly fascinated and ultimately love it in its whole. It’s strangely contemporary still and focuses beautifully on characters brainwashed in a dystopia of chemically altered human behaviour. Their actions and feelings were written from a really interesting point of view and most of all written in a gorgeously flowing way.
What I loved most of all was these characters that have been intensely brainwashed to be disgusted by basic human behaviour/patterns and continually take pills for chemically induced happiness and how they reacted to normal human behaviour. The confrontation of them with what a human being is/would be if they were free was one of the most fascinating things I’ve read in a long while. On one hand there was the obvious disgust and on the other the intrigue while later on when the interest faded away the outrage the public felt when the freely raised, John, refused to be a subject of entertainment and a freak.
Socially critic novels aren’t my favourite but it was interesting to read about the effect this chemically altered world without the usual set of human morals revolved and how people in it lived, thought, felt.