Brief Book Review: Brave New World
By Aldous Huxley
“Each one of us goes through life inside a bottle. But if we happen to be Alphas, our bottles are, relatively speaking, enormous.”
The danger of texts that transcend time is they lose sight of the original story, and become more about what the book represents in relation to present day events, not about whether it’s a good read. Does Brave New World hold up today?
My fears were not assuaged when I turned the first page and was greeted by two introductions and a mini biography of the author. Determined to rate the storytelling on its own merit as opposed to having it laid bare by an Oxford scholar, I skipped straight to Chapter 1 and dived in.
I was pleased to discover, once past the academic sugar, Brave New World is a compelling story first, social commentary second. It depicts a society that has conquered genetic engineering and formed a perfectly balanced utopia devoid of suffering. Where every being is conceived with a purpose, and born to perform a predestined function in the social machine. Peering through the eyes of it’s blissfully ignorant inhabitants, the reader is left to wonder whether this is a world worth living in.
Steering clear of flying cars and android waiters, Brave New World tells of a future as visionary today as it was in 1932, eighty-five years later. A truly remarkable achievement.