Brave New World

Aldous Huxley
A fantasy of the future that sheds a blazing critical light on the present--considered to be Aldous Huxley's most enduring masterpiece. "Mr. Huxley is eloquent in his declaration of an artist's faith in man, and it is his eloquence, bitter in attack, noble in defense, that, when one has closed the book, one remembers."--Saturday Review of Literature "A Fantastic racy narrative, full of much excellent satire and literary horseplay."--Forum "It is as sparkling, provocative, as brilliant, in the appropriate sense, as impressive ads the day it was published. This is in part because its prophetic voice has remained surprisingly contemporary, both in its particular forecasts and in its general tone of semiserious alarm. But it is much more because the book succeeds as a work of art...This is surely Huxley's best book."--Martin Green

Reviews

Reviewed: 2018-07-18
Ughhh, I'm so tired of talking about this book in my English class :P Not enough narrative to make me like it.
Reviewed: 2017-11-17
Learning that Grant Morrison is writing a screenplay of BNW, it was time for me to finally read the book. The world building is patchy and incomplete (by modern standards). The character focus is meandering. Some scenes are incongruous. But, it stands strong, despite faults that would tank a weaker story.

IOW - it's such a powerhouse, that it shrugs off critique of plot and narrative.

It stands as a Yin to the Yang of 1984 (Huxley having been Orwell's teacher and clear influence), and John (The Savage) is a thumbnail sketch for Michael Valentine in Stranger In A Strange Land. These facts alone make it a must-read. The ideas in BNW are ultimately stronger than the two books (tip of the iceberg) it so clearly influenced. It earns the "truly great" label with one arm tied behind its back, esp. when you consider it was written in the 1930's. Can't bring myself to go to 5 stars for some reason, though - - probably b/c Huxley spoiled me by influencing so many authors to run with the ball.
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