Thursday, February 17, 2011

Brave New World

Cover picture from goodreads
Oh Ford, what a masterpiece!


Aldous Leonard Huxley, English writer of novel and essays.


The novel opens in London in the "year of our Ford 632", the population is unified under The World State, an eternally peaceful, stable global society in which goods and resources are plentiful. Natural reproduction has been done away with and children are created, 'decanted' and raised in Hatcheries and Conditioning Centres, where they are divided into five castes ('Alfa', 'Beta', 'Gamma', 'Delta' and 'Epsilon').

Although an Alpha, Bernard is shorter in stature than the average of his caste—a quality shared by the lower castes, which gives him an inferiority complex. He goes on holiday to a Savage Reservation with Lenina, his love interest, hoping to impress her. They encounter a Savage called John and Bernard takes him to the city (London). (source: Wikipedia)


What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. [...] Huxley feared that our desire will ruin us. --Neil Postman [1, 2]


Wonderful novel, if something can shake you, this is it! I can't wait to get my hands on "Amusing ourselves to death" by Neil Postman, but Brave New World is definitely a revelation.
I don't remember where I bought it, but I read it during my stay in Leuven and left it there for my housemate Tessy.


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