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...


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

  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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