I was reminded of this work recently for fairly random reasons, and started thinking about it again. I have to say that after I read this, I had a hard time sympathizing with what appears to be the standard interpretation of the novel. Admittedly, the standard interpretation also appears to be the author's own, but I have never been one to defer to authorial intention. I don't seem to get as many responses as I would like when I ask my readers for their thoughts (no doubt because I have so few readers), but I'll try again.
Which character do you consider more admirable, between Mustafa Mond and the savage? Why? I suppose I've hinted at my answer, but I'll only post a more detailed explanation if I get at least two responses.