Brave New World
“When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.
On the 75th anniversary of its publication, this outstanding work of literature is more crucial and relevant today than ever before. Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller’s genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.”
Over the past few years I have been fascinated with dystopian societies. Honestly, it probably started with The Hunger Games in High School and now this fascination has me reading classic dystopians.
Being a far distant future, this story still has aspects that resonate today. The way the government dominates in Huxley’s tale has tendrils in today’s society. This fictional society is full of juxtapositions when people are told to have sex often, yet it is seen as disgusting to birth children. Everyone is essentially high all the time, and thought is forbidden. (Not has heavily as in 1984, but highly discouraged).
Overall this was a very fascinating read and definitely won’t be the last dystopian I delve into.
About the Author
“Aldous Leonard Huxley was an English writer and one of the most prominent members of the famous Huxley family. He spent the latter part of his life in the United States, living in Los Angeles from 1937 until his death in 1963. Best known for his novels and wide-ranging output of essays, he also published short stories, poetry, travel writing, and film stories and scripts. Through his novels and essays Huxley functioned as an examiner and sometimes critic of social mores, norms and ideals. Huxley was a humanist but was also interested towards the end of his life in spiritual subjects such as parapsychology and philosophical mysticism. By the end of his life, Huxley was widely acknowledged as one of the pre-eminent intellectuals of his time.”