Friday, June 29, 2007
36. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

Description from Amazon.ca:
"Community, Identity, Stability" is the motto of Aldous Huxley's utopian World State. Here everyone consumes daily grams of soma, to fight depression, babies are born in laboratories, and the most popular form of entertainment is a "Feelie," a movie that stimulates the senses of sight, hearing, and touch. Though there is no violence and everyone is provided for, Bernard Marx feels something is missing and senses his relationship with a young women has the potential to be much more than the confines of their existence allow. Huxley foreshadowed many of the practices and gadgets we take for granted today--let's hope the sterility and absence of individuality he predicted aren't yet to come.

A good book, and extraordinary when you consider when it was written (1932). However, I have to admit that, while I enjoyed reading it, I found books such as Orwell's 1984 and Atwood's Handmaid's Tale to be a more realistic view of one potential future. Be warned though, this book is not for the faint of heart as there are some passages which some will find disturbing. And there's a VERY good reason why this has never been made into a movie.

1 comments:

D. Debil said...

I loved this book.

If you have a chance you should try to get a copy of the George Lucas movie, "THX1138". It is clearly a BNW rip-off.

My doctor prescribed Soma today for a muscle issue I am having. We both had a chuckle over the name and the ignorance of most of the population when it comes to where the name of the drug came from.


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