Thursday, August 23, 2007

Brave New World Gems

I'm reading Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, and am withdrawing my formerly dour opinion of the moral philosopher as a fiction author (an opinion born from my experience reading Island). Here are my favorite literary gems from this unfortunately timeless dystopian tale.

"What man has joined, nature is powerless to put assunder."

"Rosy and relaxed with sleep, eighty little boys and girls lay softly breathing. There was a whisper under every pillow."

"Swallowing half an hour before closing time, that second dose of soma had raised a quite impenetrable wall between the actual universe and their minds. Bottled, they crossed the street; bottled, they took the lift up to Henry's room on the twenty-eighth floor. And yet, bottled as she was, and in spite of that second gramme of soma, Lenina did not forget to take all the contraceptive precautions prescribed by the regulations. Years of intensive hypnopaedia and, from twelve to seventeen, Malthusian drill three times a week had made the taking of these precautions almost as automatic and inevitable as blinking."

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