In an apple I found a worm, and it made me insanely happy.
After reading 1984 nearly a year ago, I spent good hours sifting through the Google search results for “dystopia novels”. I think that’s how I got to this one, but I couldn’t be sure. Books often spend months at a time on my to-read list, and (un?)luckily I don’t keep track of who recommended what.
“They viddied us just as we viddied them, and there was like a very quit kind of watching each other now. This would be real, this would be proper, this would be the nozh, the oozy, the britva, not just fisties and boots. Billyboy and his droogs stopped what they were doing, which was just getting ready to perform something on a weepy young devotchka they had there, not more than ten, she creeching away but with her platties still on.”
As you can see, even my not-enough-to-speak knowledge of Russian helped make this a lot of fun. It took me nearly half the audio book to figure out that “horrorshow” meant “хорошо” and not “horror show”. (That pun is actually used in the book, too.)
In the end, it turned out to be more of a coming-of-age story than an earnest dystopia. (Perhaps that’s why the ending caught me off-guard.) But if you asked me what other book I could compare it with, I wouldn’t have an answer, and this is enough to make it a great read.
- Goodness comes from within, 6655321. Goodness is something chosen. When a man cannot choose he ceases to be a man.
- What does God want? Does God want goodness or the choice of goodness? Is a man who chooses the bad perhaps in some ways better than a man who has the good imposed upon him?
- It’s funny how the colours of the like real world only seem really real when you viddy them on the screen.
by Megan McCafferty.
A note on the style of writing… convoluted, antithetic, yet hilarious. Here’s a typical sentence:
“Thus, the of-the-moment, faux-antifashion fashion statement was to go out looking like you really didn’t care what you looked like when you went out.”
All of the true things I am about to tell you are shameless lies.
For this and other gems of Bokononism, read Kurt Vonnegut’s book. It’s a pretty amazing science fiction novel with original ideas about life and religion. No damn cat, and no damn cradle!
Here are just some of the interesting quotations. I should have paid more attention
- Anyone unable to understand how a useful religion can be founded on lies will not understand this book either.
- There is enough love in this world for everybody, if people will just look.
- Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God.
- Maturity […] is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter can be said to remedy anything.
- It is not possible to make a mistake.
- Science is magic that works.
- It is never a mistake to say goodbye.
- A lover’s a liar,
To himself he lies.
The truthful are loveless,
Like oysters their eyes!
- Don’t be afraid of straining your brains. They won’t break.
- History! Read it and weep!
- Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before. He is full of murderous resentment of people who are ignorant without having come by their ignorance the hard way.
- Live by the foma that make you brave and kind and healthy and happy.
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