Brave New World

by Aldous Huxley

Overview: Aldous Huxley is rightly considered a prophetic genius and one of the most important literary and philosophical voices of the 20th Century, and Brave New World is his masterpiece. From the author of The Doors of Perception, Island, and countless other works of fiction, non-fiction, philosophy, and poetry, comes this powerful work of speculative fiction that has enthralled and terrified readers for generations. Brave New World remains absolutely relevant to this day as both a cautionary dystopian tale in the vein of the George Orwell classic 1984, and as thought-provoking, thoroughly satisfying entertainment.

Janet Kolodner (02/09/15): I recently read this book again; the first time I read it was in high school. I can't even imagine understanding it in high school, and I probably didn't, as what I remember from that reading is the test-tube babies and everybody programmed and brought up for capabilities and happiness in the work they would do as grownups.

This time reading it, I was more struck by the actual issues Huxley is asking us to consider. What makes us human? What is humanity? What is the price of new technologies? Should we bring new technologies into our lives just because we can? What are the pros and cons, strengths and weaknesses, affordances and constraints, of "primitive" vs sophisticated lifestyles? Yes, these are probably things they wanted us to think about in high school, but how many of us were actually ready for that? I guess I wasn't.

Definitely worth a second read.
Rating: *****

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