paulwitcover (paulwitcover) wrote in theinferior4,

Attwood on Huxley

Margaret Atwood weighs in on Brave New World.  This is one of those classics that I've just never been able to get into.  My response can be summed up by Prospero's terse rejoinder to Miranda's exclamation which gives the novel its title:  "'Tis new to thee."  

Perhaps the problem is that I came to BNW after a long immersion in dystopian SF.  After that diet, Huxley's vision seemed hackneyed and wan, the neologisms crude, the worldbuilding perfunctory.  1984, with which it's so often paired in critical comparison/contrast as to be a cliche (and one which Atwood duly trots out), seems to me an immeasurably superior achievement.  But so does The Time Machine

Am I the only one out there who feels that Brave New World is significantly overrated? 
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