Monday, April 11, 2011

required reading

We by Yevgeny Zamyatin

This book took my breath away.

If you've read books like 1984 and Brave New World, this novel was what helped inspire these titles. It's about a futuristic, dystopian society, very similar to Brave New World. The story revolves around a mathematician who discovers the confusing, terrifying, blissful, and completely irrational emotion of love. Never had I read a piece of literature that has described such human emotion so articulately and magnificently. Every paragraph, every sentence, is a work of art.

As I was reading this, it felt like my mind was on a whole different level of consciousness. I can't even begin to describe my reaction to this novel. At the very grim and bitter end, the plummet back to reality was a harsh one. The poetic style of the prose just has that sort of effect on you.

I suppose that's why I'm so drawn to dystopian literature--it really highlights the human condition. Such mundane things we do within our daily lives, from dreaming, to imagining, to loving--all are essentially stamped out and oppressed. All in the name for perfection, for a greater good. But you know what they say, revolutions are infinite. 

If you've been looking for something intellectual and thought-provoking, look no further. This novel is the novel for you.

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