"A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe." — Madeleine L'Engle

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Title: Brave New World
Author: Aldous Huxley
Pages: 259
Published: 1932
Rating: 4.5/5
Synopsis: Huxley's story shows a futuristic World State where all emotion, love, art, and human individuality have been replaced by social stability. An ominous warning to the world's population, this literary classic is a must-read.

Review: This is one of those books that I would not have thought of giving it a chance and read it. I had heard about but it had never been in my interest to pick it up and read it for myself. If it hadn't been for school it would still be one of those books everyone talks about but that I have no idea what it's about. One sure thing that I wouldn't have gotten if I had read this book by myself was that it was a satire.

Having gotten the background and how the world works before starting the book really helped. I knew how each individual character would act and their reactions to things. The world that they have created it something like an utopia where everything is perfect, or so it seems. They are conditioned to think a certain way and do as society tells them. However, as the story progresses we see how having their own thoughts and plans can lead to something bad for that individual.

Reading this through the perspective of different characters was interesting because it allowed the reader to see things differently. There were parts were the only thing that it talked about is the perfection of their society with no desire to change things and then you get to see another character who is forming ideas for themselves that doesn't go with what society has shown to be the right thing. This allowed the reader to show just how many flaws there were in society that was supposed to be perfect.

One thing that I may not have liked was the ending. I was hoping that things would end up being different. And the part were John does what he does at the end? Yeah, I wasn't really happy about that since I was hoping that he had more control of himself since he had shown to not do what the world state had tried to make him become.

We get to see an extreme version of how things can turn out for society today if we don't realize that some of the things that we do now will lead to this world. Some of the things that we read about were kind of wrong to read about but I now understand that it was done on purpose and how we should avoid that kind of thing. It was a book that was not really enjoyable in that it was something like I normally read but it was a book that made me think more of the world around me and how things are changing.

And since this book was a satire we had to make a project on satire and this is what we came up with.


  1. I've not read this. Like you, I've heard of it but haven't been excited about picking it up. Maybe some day I will. It's certainly a classic. Great thoughts.
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