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02-11-2009, 07:35 AM
I recently re-read BRAVE NEW WORLD and while everyone always talks about how prescient Aldous Huxley was in this book, what I'm really amazed at how is great and probing a writer he was. Huxley writes in a very direct no-nonsense style, and despite the fact that he often gets tagged as an "intellectual" author, I find him very accessible. BNW works as a sort of companion piece to Orwell's 1984, and while the latter is a powerful work (perhaps even more fully realized), I really enjoyed the humor of Huxley's book, which is something that I hadn't remembered about it... there are some very funny scenes in this book (a contrast to Orwell's sobering and bleak vision of the future). I also found the way Shakespeare's language was integrated into the text to be very witty and well done.
I've only read CROME YELLOW of Huxley's other books, a sort of Fitzgerald-esque satire of the upper class, but I also enjoyed it. I must get around to checking out some more of Huxley's works. He was a very prolific writer.
02-11-2009, 10:43 AM
BRAVE NEW WORLD is the only one that I read, and I remember that we had to do some kind of comparative essay in English on this and 1984. I enjoyed Huxley more than Orwell, but even though i've read BNW since then, I've not checked out any of Huxley's other writings. Thank Ford we've got a few in the library, I might have to make that my next reading project. :)
02-11-2009, 11:37 AM
If you like historical readings, I would suggest checking out THE DEVILS OF LOUDUN. (1952).
He writes some wonderful insights to a rather peculiar event wherein a priest is accused of witchcraft by a convent of nuns. Bizarre and wonderful.
It was later adapted by Ken Russell to make the incredible THE DEVILS.
ETA: This is a nice list of his works: http://somaweb.org/w/huxworks.html
02-11-2009, 04:32 PM
I read Brave New World in high school (not part of an assignment). I really liked it. The ending's great. I read The Doors of Perception later, the title which was based on some words by William Blake, at the beach while drinking rum pretty heavily a couple years ago. That's where the band The Doors got their name. It's about Huxley's experiments with taking the drug mescaline. It's a pretty interesting essay.
I definitely need to read some more of his work. I've The Devils of Loudon, which Phil has mentioned, Island, Crome Yellow, Time Must Have a Stop (I believe the title's taken from Shakespeare), and Ape and Essence. He also wrote a sequel to Brave New World: Brave New World revisited.
02-21-2009, 07:33 PM
I think you should give "Doors of Perception" and "Heaven and Hell" a try. It really shows you how certain experiences can be used to alter the way you look at reality.
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