First of all, this book is DENSE. I didn't expect the lenght but now I'm rather uncomfortable it ended. If you're going to keep reading, there may orFirst of all, this book is DENSE. I didn't expect the lenght but now I'm rather uncomfortable it ended. If you're going to keep reading, there may or may not be spoilers/details about the book in general.
It's incredibly hard to describe the genre of the book. It's a novel, it has great depth on history (war "veterans", colonialism, tons of places and great progressions of time) but calling it 'contemporary' isn't enough and could make people ignore the intrinsic nature of 'doesn't-need-a-genre' of the book. The thing I liked the most is the shifting of the characters, one story collides with the other and it's the root of another story, and it all fits into a one MAJOR COINCIDENCE. It's fantastic, not mindblowing but really really nice to read.
I gave it 4 stars mostly because Zadie Smith really does it to me with the humor, the contradictions, the witty ideas, the way people remember and think things, although I was tempted to leave the book unfinished several times, I think the editing pulled me off.
SEVERAL characters. So different, multicultural, each one holding to a piece of themselves or their past, the book itself is like a constant reminder of their past (and troubles) and how, given the opportunity to leave it all behind, they live because of it, they hold on to it all and well, coincidences happen. SOOOO many incredible women, I think this is one of the greatest books I've read where their portrayal is REAL, you can't tell it's a work of fiction because given certain "coincidences" there are women around us who have lived alike. Who shared the disdain from society, where they're inmigrants and people are always skeptical about "who they really are". (view spoiler)[ Alsana, Irie and Clara are the kind of characters I'd find unbareable but this is definitely not the case. Thank you Zadie Smith for this book. (hide spoiler)]
Again, the book is dense. There's a lot of confrontation, religious observations all over the place, hilarious family descriptions (view spoiler)[see: Chalfenism (hide spoiler)], revolutionary ideas (both political and scientific) and COINCIDENCES or NO COINCIDENCES (this is the key phrase). Language is in such a way I think I'm being told "a long story" by someone very friendly.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Sabato hace un buen análisis de la historia del hombre-máquina, y desde su punto de vista es muy fiel a la realidad. Fácilmente se puede comparar conSabato hace un buen análisis de la historia del hombre-máquina, y desde su punto de vista es muy fiel a la realidad. Fácilmente se puede comparar con la teoría del superhombre y cómo pudiera haberse encaminado el día de hoy.
Más que un texto de referencia sobre el lugar de las ciencias en el desarrollo de la sociedad, debe ser leído como un resumen personal: la influencia de la religión y la experiencia personalizan lo expuesto.
Me encanta la infinidad de menciones de otros autores que han explorado el tema o profetizado sobre el sentido de la vida, el desastre nuclear o el fin de la civilización tal y como la conocemos. Desde Descartes, Marx, Kafka y Breton, hasta Kierkergaard, Dostoievski, Huxley y Rimbaud.
When I first read the Foreword the only thing that came to my mind was the "Slaves Shall Serve" ideology, and I kept wondering how come Huxley had thiWhen I first read the Foreword the only thing that came to my mind was the "Slaves Shall Serve" ideology, and I kept wondering how come Huxley had this complex division of society like if us humans were cattle and we needed to breed and work for others. I had no idea what the book was about, but it really interested me from the beggining.
(view spoiler)[The whole Bokanovsky project is a great deal. First, you can replicate people with the same characteristics, condition them to act in certain ways, and fulfill their massive needs with leisure. It's a portrait of what would be a perfect world but, of course, there had to be something wrong. The lack of science, literature, arts, thinking, curiosity and knowledge as we know it is what makes it kind of wrecked. They don't care cause' they don't know about it and they don't think they should. It's just marvelous to imagine a society based on this, and how suitable would it be to stablish it in a near future, even if the novel was written so long ago. (hide spoiler)]
I think it has a lot of lessons for the society I live in. We are concerned about where our world is heading with individual thinking and decision-making and how it manages to call itself "civilization", but it's our definition of freedom. We are concerned about overcomsumption, but it'll take years for people to change their ways, learn, and tell kids what's right and what's not. We have free will, but society will condemn us for being selfish for using it. We're free, but there are conditions imposed in order to use that freedom as society dictates. And even if this Brave New World got rid of enough problems, segregation was taught as normal and even likeable; disabilities were needed in order to make this society stable. And everything is an illusion.
I can keep talking about how much I love this book, I just added it to my favourites. I'll read it again, several times hopefully, because the learning isn't reduced to the book (fiction, as well, but so much in common with reality). Everybody belongs to everyone else, we can't do without any one. Shakespeare would be glad.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more