Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs all its members are happy consumers. Bernard Marx seems alone harbouring an ill-defined longing to break free. A visit to one of the few remaining Savage Reservations where the old, imperfect life still continues, may be the cure for his distress…
Brave New World Book Review
Well, reading this book completes my mission to read of the famous 4 dystopian novels (“1984”, “Fahrenheit 451”, “Brave New World” and the often overlooked “The Handmaid’s Tale”).
Where does one start with this book? Just like the other dystopian novels I mentioned, it is absolutely depressing! But then again, depression is sort of the genre’s main goal!
My experience started almost on the wrong foot, so to speak, I felt it only began to pick up in the second half of the book. The first couple of chapters, were especially tiring, they were just full of numbers and statistics I didn’t give a flying fig about. But we can forgive Huxley that because of his world-building.
Like most dystopian literature, it feels very real and relevant today. I mean, the main topics Huxley discusses are consumerism and the rapid advancement of technology #assemblyLine! I don’t think you need to analyze these topics to realize how relevant they are in our societies today.
Huxley also attempts to ask the undying philosophical question: If given the choice, would you choose Freedom or Happiness? In this bizarre society, most people have chosen the latter over the former. Which begs another question: In choosing freedom, are we choosing unhappiness?
I have to admit, I did not enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. But I feel that I must recommend it for its imaginative and philosophical values alone.