Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

Brave New World is just one of the thousands of books I’ve been late to read. Yes, I know I should have read it long ago, but it is not the best among the dystopias I have read. In that respect, I cannot say that I missed something big. While living in England, I am reading the most famous books of England’s known authors this year; Brave New World is one of them.

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Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

Brave New World is a world where everything is under the control of the state, and people grow up conditioned. There is no war, no unhappiness, no unemployment, no disease, and besides all these beauties, this is a world where everyone lives for everyone. There is no family concept because people are not born; they are produced under state control and in various classes. Some work in state administration units, others work in mines and in terrible situations. But everyone is happy because they are conditioned accordingly while growing. However, one day, an Alpha challenges this order with his thoughts, and a Wild intervenes, and the rest just follows.

Brave New World is one of the most well-known dystopias out there. It is easy to read, makes you think and it will finish in a sitting. Enjoy!

Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

Brave New World

Brave New World predicts – with eerie clarity – a terrifying vision of the future. Read the dystopian classic that inspired the Sky TV series.

EVERYONE BELONGS TO EVERYONE ELSE

Welcome to New London. Everybody is happy here. Our perfect society achieved peace and stability through the prohibition of monogamy, privacy, money, family and history itself. Now everyone belongs.

You can be happy too. All you need to do is take your Soma pills.

Discover the brave new world of Aldous Huxley’s classic novel, written in 1932, which prophesied a society which expects maximum pleasure and accepts complete surveillance – no matter what the cost.

‘A masterpiece of speculation… As vibrant, fresh, and somehow shocking as it was when I first read it’ Margaret Atwood, bestselling author of The Handmaid’s Tale

‘A grave warning… Provoking, stimulating, shocking and dazzling’ Observer

**One of the BBC’s 100 Novels That Shaped Our World**

Aldous Huxley

Aldous Huxley was born July 26, 1894, in the village of Godalming, Surrey, England. The third son of Leonard Huxley, a writer, editor, and teacher, and Julia Arnold, also a teacher, the young Aldous grew up in a family of well-connected, well-known writers, scientists, and educators.

At Aldous’ birth, the Huxley family and their relatives already commanded literary and philosophical attention in Victorian England. Huxley’s grandfather, biologist T. H. Huxley, gained recognition in the nineteenth century as the writer who introduced Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution to a wide public and coined the word “agnostic.” The elder Huxley’s writing contributed to the growing debate on science and religion, a theme that would capture the imagination of his grandson, Aldous.

Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

Huxley’s mother was a niece of poet and essayist Matthew Arnold, who expressed the moral struggles of the modern age and the retreat of a religion-based culture. Matthew’s father, Thomas Arnold, head of Rugby School, had presided with earnest devotion over the theory and practice of education in his time. Thus Aldous grew up in an atmosphere in which thought on science, religion, and education informed and even dominated family life.

Living up to the expectations of “Grandpater,” as T. H. Huxley was known in his family, constituted a full-time, exhausting job for the children — Aldous included. Academic and professional brilliance was expected as a matter of course, with no excuses allowed. A family tendency toward depression compounded by this pressure may have contributed to the suicide of Trevenan, Aldous’ elder brother.

At sixteen, the sudden onset of keratitis punctate, an eye disease, left Aldous nearly blind and almost ruined his own chances for success. Fortunately, surgery corrected some of his vision, but Huxley would suffer from complications in vision for the rest of his life.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges: 

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