"There's always soma to calm your anger, to reconcile you to your enemies, to make you patient and long-suffering. In the past you could only accomplish these things by making a great effort and after years of hard moral training. Now, you swallow two or three half-gramme tablets, and there you are. Anybody can be virtuous now. You can carry at least half your morality about in a bottle. Christianity without tears-that's what soma is."
Brave New World
Brave New World by Huxley was my second book on cd. I thought it was comparable to 1984 and Fahrenheit 451. A seemingly "progressive" future, rich with satire, and a conservative undertone of relying on the past for what is real.
I think I liked it... I really liked the narrator's voice - his British accent was rich and pleasant, and I maybe drifted off while driving listening to his voice, not necessarily the story itself. The story was interesting, and a very disturbing way to look at the future of our planet. Much of it revolved around a drug called "Soma". Soma is basically a happy pill - taken whenever individuals begin to feel anything but happy. The entire focus of the people in this society revolves around pleasure, therefore there is a lot of erotic content. (A lot of it is shockingly erotic.)
A "savage" named John is introduced to this new society, and the juxtaposition of an uncivilized and over-civilized society followed. I really loved John. He was so refreshing after reading about the characters in the futuristic society. I loved when he cried over Linda, and when he spoke about Othello and when he talked about Jesus. I hope, that if our society ever came to that - I would be a lot more like John and a lot less like everyone else.
Ultimately, it wasn't exactly an enjoyable read, but it was interesting. If you like futuristic societies, and are not afraid of the "Big Brother" approach, you might like it.
Have you read it? What did you think?