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Brave New World by Aldous Huxley – Book Review

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Book Review

Brave New World

Aldous Huxley

3/5

Science Fiction, Classics

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Brave New World

Aldous Huxley

3/5

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“Actual happiness always looks pretty squalid in comparison with the overcompensations for misery. And, of course, stability isn't nearly so spectacular as instability. And being contented has none of the glamour of a good fight against misfortune, none of the picturesqueness of a struggle with temptation, or a fatal overthrow by passion or doubt. Happiness is never grand.”

Synopsis

Aldous Huxley’s profoundly important classic of world literature, Brave New World is a searching vision of an unequal, technologically-advanced future where humans are genetically bred, socially indoctrinated, and pharmaceutically anesthetized to passively uphold an authoritarian ruling order whose motto is “Community, Identity, Stability.”—all at the cost of our freedom, humanity, and perhaps our souls. “A genius [who] who spent his life decrying the onward march of the Machine” (The New Yorker), Huxley was a man of incomparable talents: equally an artist, a spiritual seeker, and one of history’s keenest observers of human nature and civilization. Brave New World, his masterpiece, has enthralled and terrified millions of readers, and retains its urgent relevance to this day as both a warning as we head into tomorrow and as a thought-provoking, satisfying work of literature. Written in the shadow of the rise of fascism during the 1930s, Brave New World likewise speaks to a twenty-first-century world dominated by mass-entertainment, technology, medicine and pharmaceuticals, the arts of persuasion, and the hidden influence of elites.

Review

I’ve been excited to read classics—especially dystopian sci-fi. So, here we are writing a review of Brave New World.

The first couple of chapters were explosive. They were horrific. It took me by surprise, hit hard, and had me in awe. Then on to the rest of the book, where we’re left with the fallout and array of emotions lingering from those hard-hitting chapters. A fallout that we just want to survive and see to an end.

The world-building Huxley achieved in the first couple of chapters was masterful, while the rest of the story, if you could call it that, was like reading some whining dude’s diary, and the key message was lost upon deaf ears because I couldn’t stand the dude. If it weren’t a classic, I would have DNFed it.

While there were some quotable passages, masterful world-building, I just didn’t enjoy where the story went at all. If it were a short story, perhaps?

Best,

Ashley

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“Actual happiness always looks pretty squalid in comparison with the overcompensations for misery. And, of course, stability isn't nearly so spectacular as instability. And being contented has none of the glamour of a good fight against misfortune, none of the picturesqueness of a struggle with temptation, or a fatal overthrow by passion or doubt. Happiness is never grand.”

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