"Community, Identity, Stability" is the motto of Aldous Huxley's utopian World State. Here everyone consumes daily grams of soma, to fight depression, babies are born in laboratories, and the most popular form of entertainment is a "Feelie," a movie that stimulates the senses of sight, hearing, and touch. Though there is no violence and everyone is provided for, Bernard Marx feels something is missing and senses his relationship with a young women has the potential to be much more than the confines of their existence allow. Huxley foreshadowed many of the practices and gadgets we take for granted today--let's hope the sterility and absence of individuality he predicted aren't yet to come. --
"Carrie was not quite aware that she was possessed of a terrifying power. But it was enough to transform a small, quiet New England town into a holocaust of destruction beyond the imagination of man. Innocent schoolgirl or vengeful demon, Carrie will make you shudder.."
OK, I wouldn't be THAT dramatic, but this was a really great read.
I'm torn - on one hand, this book made me cry and hug my husband a lot. He is still trying to figure that one out LOL. On the other, I did find the last few chapters kind of rushed and almost too 'easy' compared to the rest of the story. It seemed like one person wrote the first half (great) and the second half (ehh).
I loved about 90% of this book...
Then the language got worse, the story lost its intelligence and integrity and the ending got phoned-in. As much as the first and middle kept me completely entranced, the ending made me completely angered and disappointed.
From Publishers Weekly
Helena Al-Khoury is prickly, reserved and even arrogant. Also resourceful and kind, she will win readers over in her struggles against the forces of history, nature and prejudice. Helena is uprooted over and over in her youth. First, in 1860, her Maronite Christian family flees Turkish persecution in Beirut. After they arrive in Chicago, her father dies of typhoid, leaving Helena and her mother Leila destitute. Leila remarries, and her new husband Tom Harding takes them to western Canada. After Tom and Leila succumb to smallpox, Helena inherits Tom's land and contentedly settles in with his half-black, half-Cree partner Joe Black. Life again turns upside down for Helena when an uncle in Liverpool dies, leaving her his soap factory. Traveling to England, she finds a family problem in her uncle's embittered, illegitimate son and a difficult choice to make: should she stay, run the factory and enjoy a comfortable urban life or return to grueling frontier life and to Black, whom she loves? Forrester ( The Moneylenders of Shahpur ) succeeds in rendering her tale with vivid settings, particularly of Liverpool's workaday world. This British import reached the #3 spot on the London Sunday Times bestseller list.
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