Surprising as it may seem by going through my archives, I am currently reading Brave New World.
So for today’s Friday First, its opening line:
A SQUAT grey building of only thirty-four stories. Over the main entrance the words, CENTRAL LONDON HATCHERY AND CONDITIONING CENTRE, and, in a shield, the World State’s motto, COMMUNITY, IDENTITY, STABILITY.
- Book: Brave New World
- Author: Aldous Huxley
- Genre: Sci-Fi, Classics
- ISBN: to many printings to post just one ISBN
- Publication date: 1932
- Summary (from Amazon): Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs all its members are happy consumers. Bernard Marx seems alone harbouring an ill-defined longing to break free. A visit to one of the few remaining Savage Reservations where the old, imperfect life still continues, may be the cure for his distress…
- Average review (from Amazon) 4.3/5
This first sentence (OK, two sentences) completely hooked me. I just wanted to keep on reading to know what were all those things being mentioned and understand that motto.
So far, I still don’t know if I’ve been cleverly tricked into reading a book with just a good catch or an actual good book. I guess there is a reason why it is a classic, but then again, a lot of people may be giving it good reviews just to sound more intellectual than they are. I’ll keep you posted on that one.
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