Book Review

Brave New World

Aldous Huxley


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…

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Brave New World was a book which divided the group quite evenly in its appraisal of Huxley’s dystopian novel.
It was seen by some of the group as a forward thinking novel of its time (written in the 1930’s) warning of the potential pitfalls of consumerism, technology & mass production.
Conversely others in the group found it a hard read from the perspective of being arguably a depressing read which didn’t give much hope for the future.
The book famously caused outrage when it was published for its views on religion, humanity, drug taking & sexual freedom. All these issues it would be imagined were highly controversial when the book was written, though the group found it interesting how these views have changed over time.
Understandably from the difference of opinions in the group the book scored an average of 6/10 – though it should be pointed out the highest & lowest scores were 9/10 & 3/10 respectively.
Overall the group agreed that the book was quite a dark read & didn’t offer much hope for society in the eyes of the author.

Reviewed by John