Bentley’s Grade: A+
Title: Brave New World
Author: Aldous Huxley
Publisher and Date: Arcturus Publishing Ltd. 2018 (Originally published in 1932 by Chatto & Windus)
Genre: Dystopian Fiction
Bernard Marx is unhappy, even though in the year AF632 “everybody’s happy nowadays.” Despite all his Alpha-Plus conditioning, no amount of soma, the feelies, readily-available women, or Orgy-Porgies can make him forget how abnormal he is compared to the rest of the people in his perfectly bottled and engineered caste. To distract himself, he decides to take a trip with a girl he wants to have. Marx and Lenina Crowne travel to a Savage Reservation in America, excited to experience an “uncivilized” part of the world; however, they find an unexpected surprise soon after arrival. They promptly return to London, where the lines of what constitutes “civilized” and “uncivilized” behaviour become blurred.
I certainly don’t need to review Brave New World, but I so enjoyed it and wanted to share a few thoughts with you. I can see why the novel has been, and continues to be, so popular because the issues Huxley manages to bring to the forefront are just as relevant today as they were in 1931. Continue reading