I've still to write the reviews for three recently finished books, but those should be along shortly... In the meantime I have picked up the next book on my list. There seems to be a theme in my reading lately. Animal farm, the hundred year old man... And now this new book. Unintentional I assure you, but the theme appears to be Russia.
This excerpt is from We by Yevgeny Zamyatin. This isn't just another dystopian novel, this is the first to be written dystopian novel of the major triumvirate consisting of 1984 and Brave New World. I won't say anymore, until the review, except to give you the first chapter, first paragraphs.
A Declaration. The wisest of lines. An epic.
I am merely copying, word for word, what was printed in the State Gazette today:
IN 120 DAYS, THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE INTEGRAL WILL BE COMPLETE. THE GREAT, HISTORIC HOUR WHEN THE FIRST INTEGRAL WILL SOAR THROUGH OUTER SPACE IS NIGH. SOME THOUSAND YEARS AGO, YOUR HEROIC ANCESTORS SUBJUGATED THE ENTIRE EARTHLY SPHERE TO THE POWER OF THE ONE STATE. TODAY, YOU ARE CONFRONTING AN EVEN GREATER CONQUEST: THE INTEGRATION OF THE OF THE INFINITE EQUATION OF THE UNIVERSE WITH THE ELECTRIFYING AND FIRE-BREATHING GLASS INTEGRAL. YOU ARE CONFRONTING UNKNOWN CREATURES ON ALIEN PLANETS, WHO MAY STILL BE LIVING IN THE SAVAGE STATE OF FREEDOM, AND SUBJUGATING THEM TO THE BENEFICIAL YOKE OF REASON. IF THEY WON'T UNDERSTAND THAT WE BRING THEM MATHEMATICALLY INFALLIBLE HAPPINESS, IT WILL BE OUR DUTY TO FORCE THEM TO BE HAPPY...
There's a little more to the paragraph but this is the best bit, and I'm itching to get on with it.