Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Review of Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

This review was written by Eugene Kernes

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Genre = Novel
Intriguing Connections = Once Upon A Future

Elaborate Description

A story derived from prevailing ideas of the time. Eugenics and intelligence stratification are the bases for social stability in this book, with the additional of state sponsored drugs that make everyone happy. Although the author wrote this book supporting the ideas. When the author saw how the ideas were abused in practice, the books message changed to being a warning against such a society.

The society from which the narrative stems considers Ford a god. Production of human beings is done via conveyor belt where they are conditioned for intellect and other factors. Technology is used to make every fertilized egg to continuously double, as in most people are twins of others. Before and after birth, everyone is predestined to fit into a particular social class, have certain jobs, and like and dislikes. All this is done for the stability of society.

The narrate not only allows people in civilized Ford society to comment on itself, but also show the grotesque nature of those who do not comply to the society’s rules. There is a reservation where people mate and grow up the traditional way which is considered savage. The books ideas and narrative are complex and fascinating, but the story execution was poor.

Book Details

Edition ISBN:  9780099477464
Pages to read:   263
Publication:     2004
1st Edition:      1932
Format:            Paperback

Ratings out of 5:
Readability    3
Content          3
Overall           3