Title: Brave New World
Author: Aldous Huxley
Summary: Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through the clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing, and the recreational sex and drugs, all of its members are happy consumers. Bernard Marx seems alone in feeling discontent. Harbouring an unnatural desire for solitude, and a perverse distaste for the pleasures of compulsory promiscuity, Bernard has 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 . . .
My Rating: 7/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: I have to say, although this was an enjoyable book, I didn’t like it as much as previous novels/literature in the dystopian genre although, I did find Huxley’s style of writing to be captivating, throughout the novel, so I can see why, it’s such a classic, and loved by so many. For me, there was so many questions that were left unanswered, at the end, and at times, the scientific theory the author uses to explain things was far to in-depth, to the point it made my head spin and I had to take time to try and decipherer it (I was never any good in science).
Here are a few things that I didn’t like. The character Bernard, was intriguing in the first part of the book, he’s the one oddity in the society, the one who doesn’t conform with the others in the dystopic society. (SPOILERS AHEAD) But, once he visits the “Savage” Reservations, he conforms back to the society, and then that’s it for him. What happened, I get he saw the “horribleness” of what is outside the society he lived in, but there was just a complete turn around. I was kind of hoping for him, John “the savage” and his friend Helmholz, would do some sort of revolt, but it never happened.
Also, these islands, where people like Helmholz and Bernard, go, because they’re too self-consciously individual. What I want to know, is are these islands real, or are theses islands made up, and those who are “sent” to them are really killed off. Because, by the way the book goes, and individualism, wouldn’t these people of the islands eventually revolt, create new humans who aren’t brainwashed, then come and destroy this old society, creating new or better societies? Question is never answered, the reading is left thinking. Perhaps I’m reading to into it.
What I did like was the parallels, and links to the social caste/class systems we see today, and in the past, and likely in the future. Even in this society, built up to be a happy utopia, is filled with inequalities, and certain caste/classes thought to be better. The people are brainwashed into thinking so, from birth onwards, and in society, unknowingly society does the same thing. It’s almost haunting how he is able to portray this. And the possible meaning he wanted to portray by it.
Overall, a good read, but wasn’t exactly what I expected from it, compared to others of its kind.
Would I recommend it to read: I would recommend the book to read, but I prefer other dystopian literature, over this one. It can get a little scientific at times, but Huxley has that ability to capture his audiences, and keep them immersed in his books ( I read the book, and barely put it down from start to finish.)
What to read next: 1984, Fahrenheit 451, Handmaids Tale, The Giver.
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