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Amazing book, a true classic
am 7. Oktober 2015
Its a very interesting way to view the world of today, vs. an ideal that cant truly be recognized.
You cant review this book without using the word Dystopian. Used to describe a utopian ideal that has gone wrong. This isnt a lecture on Eco-goodness or how we can all live in harmony with a mythical Gaia construct, this book is about how man tries to perfect mankind and gets exactly what man has earned. There is no more striving to be a better person, because being better implies that someone else isnt as good and therefore you are being asocial to the collective.
This book has influenced many other writers and playwrights of today.
In many ways I find that the Movie 'Equilibrium' starring Christian Bale was cut from a chapter that happened before this book. While Planet of the Apes could easily be the follow on should the Gammas ever break free of their conditioning.
Another interesting thing about this book was the complete lack of thought to the 'lower caste' as compared to the glorious excess that the 'upper caste' experiences. This book was written before the guilt of being the one of the ruling class became the modern societal norm. Before WW2 there was very much an educated ruling elite and a lower working class that had (outside of America at that time) no chance to ever become one of those people. You were born elite or not and there wasnt any other way of thinking. Im often amused that the first time people read this book they never pick up on the fact that there is no dissatisfaction from the lower caste. Only the upper caste has the 'brain power' to be dissatisfied, there was never any question that the manual labor was happy doing manual labor.
This book could never be written today without being turned into an antihero underdog mutant genius becomes action hero that heroically blows up all the breeding labs while poisoning all the birth control. Thus the world is plunged from one controlled ideal to another, but it must be the right way to go ... right?