Tag: Orwell

  • “O brave new world, that has such people in ’t!”

    As promised…Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World is all kinds of cray-cray. Basically it starts out with an average guy named Bernard who is unhappy in the hedonistic, manufactured, drugged-up society he lives in. Unlike Orwell’s 1984, conformity in this world means a continual stream of carnal self-indulgence, and if you don’t fall in line, you […]

  • Mid-Century Dystopia, Part 2: Nineteen Eighty-Four

    Nineteen Eight-Four marks the third famous classic to disappoint me in recent years.  Along with The Odyssey and The Divine Comedy, it would have been left unfinished early on, except for its mammoth legacy and the feeling that I ought to read it.  It’s possible I lack the maturity or life experience to appreciate these […]

  • Mid-Century Dystopia, Part 1: Pan’s Labyrinth

    There was no intention on my part to read two dystopian novels at the same time.  I was already in motion to read 1984 – an embarrassingly long-overdue attempt – when I heard a novelization of Pan’s Labyrinth was to be released in July.  I got in the library line quickly (these things go like […]

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