I have been thinking about this book for the last several days, and I still cannot decide if I really liked it or am totally confused. First of all, II have been thinking about this book for the last several days, and I still cannot decide if I really liked it or am totally confused. First of all, I am a good-ending type of person. I really like it if there is a happy-ending, some type of hope for happiness, or some type of good-feeling ending. None of which happens in Brave New World. I'm not sure what I expected, the whole world to change by the end of the book? But this book definitely triggered many thoughts, and I have contemplated it for several days. Both of which I consider to be signs of a great book. (which is why I gave it a 4/5 stars on GoodReads).
Second major thought: Aldous Huxley is a great writer. I can say that while reading this novel, I definitely commented several times, "Well, that's an interesting way to write that." I never once thought of sentence structure mistakes or that there were stupid conversation pieces. No, this book is very well written. I love authors who write in ways that take me beyond the sentences. Huxley did not simply tell about a world in the future. Instead, he wrote of the world through a tour, thoughts of a worker, conversation between two friends, and automatic reactions of the characters. I was totally impressed.
As far as the story goes, I do not feel that I can give a summery, except to say that it is a dystopian-type novel written about a future world. I believe that Huxley wrote a warning of how our world is progressing, both in technology and in the emotions of the people around us. My favorite part of the novel comes towards the end, when there is an honest conversation held between two characters, discussing how this world came to be. My last thought should be that I find it interesting that Huxley does not himself draw a conclusion, but lets the readers take from his words what they will....more
I did not read this book in high school, like most people I've heard. But I picked it up due to it's presence on my 1001 Books list. I was intrigued bI did not read this book in high school, like most people I've heard. But I picked it up due to it's presence on my 1001 Books list. I was intrigued by the book due to a reference from a movie with Julia Roberts and a rogue assassin (I still don't know what movie that was or that I remember it correctly) that I caught a glimpse of once. I thought it would have something to do with government conspiracies or something. Imagine my surprise.
I honestly don't really know what to think about the book. After I finished it, I was still trying to figure it out - and I felt as I did in high school with assigned reading, that I had missed something important. I even SparkNotes-ed it just to see. And apparently, I did miss part of it - because I was unsure of the significance of the catcher in the rye idea. But, anyway, I got most of it on my own, I guess.
I admire Salinger's writing. I truly felt that I had stepped inside a teenager's head. It did not feel artificial at all. It saddens me a little bit as to the idea that this is the teenager symbol of rebellion and alienation, yet I could never find a resolving, concluding point. It reminded me of the movie Rebel Without a Cause. It made me wish I had studied it in a high school or college English class, so I could see others point of view on the book.
Ultimately, I gave this book a 3/5 because I am glad I read it - but I can't see myself reading it again or picking it as a favorite. I can see why it is a classic, and I agree with the ideas of it being a symbol of teenage alienation. I only wish that there was a point that could encourage teenagers. I loved Holden's love of his sister, and I am truly glad the book did not end in suicide (as I thought it might). Me, being the pediatric nurse at heart, I wanted it to have a "fixing" quality that could speak to teenagers across the board. But I guess the simple idea that they are not alone in their alienation would be a point. I'm not really sure. I feel as though the book contained an underlying message that I missed. I'm glad I read it. Happy I can mark it off my list. I guess this is simple proof that I did not find my calling in literature. Good thing I'm a nurse not an English teacher.