I just finished reading it and I also preferred it to 1984, it was a very engaging read. I thought the idea of being one with society and not having your own identity was really interesting. Taking soma every time something bad happens and having no worries about death or disease was also quite thought-provoking.. I mean, I was pretty sure that living in a world with no disease would make life so much better, but after reading the novel I've had second thoughts. I also liked the final sentence, the words Huxley chooses create some very vivid descriptions.
(Original post by spacepirate-James)
It's really good. If you enjoy SF/1984 then you'll really like Brave New World. It's dystopian but in the complete opposite direction to 1984. I much preferred it to Orwell - I also think it was stylistically written better. Huxley's a fantastically engaging writer.
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I would urge you to have a look for yourself; I think Chekhov is brilliant, personally.
(Original post by tjf8)
Thanks that sounds good, i have heard of it actually, and since then ive found a list of golden age of russian literature writers and it was on there i think so i'll give that a go
Well i do know about Chekhov but the only thing thats putting me off is that my friend went to see three sisters and she said it was nonsense; i normally respect her taste so i havent been drawn towards it, i know its well respected though
If you haven't read it already, another Russian essential is Fathers and Sons by Turgnev. And there's Gorky, of course, and Dostoevsky (sure you've heard of him, but just because he hasn't been mentioned yet). And if you're not talking exclusively about novels, Mayakovsky is well worth checking out for his poetry too.
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