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Both more and less realistic than 1984 and Animal Farm
on August 29, 2004
I believe that this book provides an exposé on the nature of power and controll and the roll of education as well as political and social culture in this process that is second to none (that's right, including Orwell's excellent book 1984). However, ultimately I feel that this book is inferior to 1984 if only because the actual story of the book is so poorly written. Unlike 1984, where I found I was able to enjoy the book on so many levels, be it as a character study or as a political essay, Brave New World, I feel, almost totaly lacks any effective story, plot or characters that really grip the reader in the same way as Orwell's masterpiece. I felt like I was the one injesting 'soma' as I was reading the book which made me not care about a thing that happened to the characters.
That said, to be fair, if one reads this book solely with the intention of reading a piece on the politics of mass control, pacification, propaganda et al. then I believe one would be more richly rewarded for reading this book than one who read 1984 with this same intention in mind. Ultimately, it is more plausible and economical to control a mass population by the use of social taboos and hallucinogens as described in Brave New World than it is to control a population by montitoring everybody's every move and by force as described in 1984.