Sunday, June 21, 2009

Brave new irony

Another example where the reader knows something the author doesn't. Except in this particular case, the result is pure amusement:
"But what would Socialism mean, according to your idea of it?"
"Oh! Some kind of Aldous Huxley Brave New World; only not so amusing ... " [p.88, Keep the Aspidistra Flying]
Oh, irony. Perhaps, then, Mr. Orwell was aware of what a dull little masterpiece his "1984" would be. Perhaps, in fact, it was all planned ahead...

3 comments:

  1. Honestly 1984 and Brave New World have overkilled the whole subject of future utopian society for me. I do contemplate reading Island.

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  2. Some of these futuristic books seem quaint now, don't they? But I can remember the 60s, when assassinations, riots and war made Bib Brother seem all too real.

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