Not a Review of Rose Macaulay’s What Not: A Prophetic Comedy

I can see why this is enjoying a bit of a modern resurgence, given its obvious influence on Brave New World (a book I adore), and its prescient caution against eugenics decades before the Holocaust. It is no doubt an important piece of literature, and one that was very wittily written but unfortunately, it failed to add up to a very satisfying or enjoyable story for me. I think it functions on a mostly intellectual level, but it seems incapable—at least for me—at inciting any emotions or passions the way Brave New World, Nineteen Eighty-Four and The Handmaid’s Tale did, which probably contributed to their enduring popularity, while What Not largely disappeared from public consciousness.

Rating: 3/5 Naga Pearl

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A Naga is a divine dragon from Eastern Hindu-Buddhist tradition. The Nusantara is made up of nusa (island) and antara (between) and describes the Southeast Asian archipelago that includes Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Papua New Guinea. This particular Naga is Malaysian, born and bred. He loves reading and hoarding books, and enjoys bothering humans with what he thinks of them.

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