Book Review: A Brave New World

huxley2Author: Aldous Huxley

Pages: 288

Year of publishing: 1932

Rating: ★★★✩✩

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Synopsis: Far in the future, the world controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and dugs, all its members are happy consumers. Bernard Marx seems alone in feeling discontent. Harbouring an unnatural desire fro solitude, and perverse distaste for the pleasures of compulsory promiscuity. Bernard has an III-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 review: This Sunday, I’m going to write a review of a very interesting book. In this utopian and dystopian book at once, we are situated in a global society where nearly all the countries on the earth have decided adopt a new political and social model based on the happiness of their citizens, A model where the diseases have been eradicated and all the people are happy playing their role thanks to the scientific advances in genetic engineering and a meticulous mind programming system.

In this perfect society described by Aldous Huxley there are five castes organized hierarchically. The Alphas, that are in the top of the society, followed by Betas, Gammas, Deltas, and finally the Epsilons. However, this hierarchy doesn’t produce social conflicts because all castes are happy doing their role thanks to the mind programming that each individual of each caste receives to think that their caste is the happiest of all.

A society without diseases, where all people works for all, where the birth rate is controlled to ensure that the demographic imbalances are inexistent, where if something goes wrong, they can use a drug able to plunge them in the deepest sleep and without adverse effects, a perfect society of automatons programmed to give exactly what leaders expect of them. A society so artificial that loses the human.

But no all that glitters is gold, In this society the citizens have been separated from the things that don’t support the system. It’s prohibited; The religion, the literary and artistic works prior to the system, The love between people, the knowledge that goes beyond that strictly necessary to perpetuate the system… As we read, we discover that what in a start seemed a perfect society of people perpetually happy, at end results a society where all that happiness is an artificial happiness that only serves to perpetuate the system thanks to the ignorance of their citizens.

But, What happen when someone thinks different and doesn’t accept his role in this society? What happen when despite the mental programming, there is someone willing to refuse the society that has seen imposed? This is the question that creates the plot of this book that promises to serve of philosophical analysis about our actuality and our future.

Personally and according with the opinion of friends that have read A Brave New World, I think this book has a poor start because its introduction is too long. Moreover, doesn’t exist a disruption with the introduction and ending, not clear at least. It could even be said that this book hasn’t got any disruption in all its plot and the end it’s just a continuation of a linear plot that accompanies us from beginning to end. This is the most characteristic thing of the book, the thing that has generated most opinions between literary critics.

My valuation for this book is 3/5, the idea is good, but the central argument and the narrative style leave to be desired.

What’s your valuation for this book? I hope your opinion in the comments box and if you like this post, share it in your social networks. Thank you so much!

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Written by: Josué

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