Aldous Huxley – Brave New World Audiobook

Aldous Huxley – Brave New World Audiobook

Brave New World Audiobook – By Aldous Huxley

 

 

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A text which is a classic anchored in the memory of lovers of modern letters and which is already 40 years old.

 

It reflects an era marked by the management of existential, recurring, global and redundant threats, such as world war, weapons of mass destruction (chemical and nuclear), totalitarianism, famine on continental scales, pollution, the gray and giant cities which are used to accommodate in the city populations which are urbanizing massively (therefore concrete as far as the eye can see)…

 

It is an English text, which I personally find funny. With a tongue-in-cheek English humor … such dates as:

“year 632 of our Ford” for example …

 

Alpha, Beta, gamma, Delta, Epsilon (the not beautiful), castes built and thought for specific and hierarchical functions , with a reserve of savages and islands where one can dysfunction freely, but no gulags, I would say to set the tone for the repressive aspect of the text.

 

No natural reproduction (Yuck), self-service sex, everyone is free to help each other take care of this point of view. Otherwise this universe has two breasts, a psychosomatic conditioning and a drug whose use and effectiveness rest on a massive, compulsory and integral generalization, this as for the psychological treatment besides…

 

In this unified world state, all is well , until the characters derail, due to an interaction between their psyche and their personal experiences which lead them to more or less edifying forms of deviance (often amusing collision with demanding rules. Amusing more for the reader than for our dear character friends). It is a classic topos, in the Greek sense, of dystopian SF texts.

 

The narrative framework is sympathetic and the reader drags his gaiters in all the corners of this rather snare universe finally, except for the savages who are them, savages, smile…

 

The characters are archetypal in general, but not all. They therefore have a structural identity very much in relation to the theses of the novel, but it is not a systematic deal and all these characters are functional and this novel works well, so it is far from being just a lesson, which ‘an indictment or a thesis, in a thinly veiled romantic form.

 

My feeling is that this text gives you a bit of moods about the operating mode of Jacques Tati’s cinema.

 

It is an authentic SF text, over time it takes on a patina without being old-fashioned, however, the vocabulary holds up and I find that the scientific iconography of the text and the incantatory side of the policies in force in the world state, confer in the novel (quite brief, moreover) a patina which is of a funny finish, which also reinforces a kind of structural soft irony, by feeding a whimsical iconography quite unbridled, but very contained and very reserved too, therefore very paradoxical and very “British”, smiles …

 

The novel has a dramatic end for some characters, with a scathing irony (to make you feel guilty to laugh about it, possibly if it makes you laugh) and for some characters, the punishment is sometimes delicious … , to understand nothing and that’s normal, because it’s the best of all worlds (smiles) …

 

 

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