Terrific Tuesday: Brave New World

Posted 1 October, 2013 by April @ The Steadfast Reader in Reviews

Terrific Tuesday: Brave New WorldBrave New World by Aldous Huxley
Published by Harper Collins on 1932
Genres: Classics, Fiction, Literary
Pages: 268

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

Another one of my top ten all time favorite books. I love dystopian novels, and if Brave New World doesn’t fit that mold, I don’t know what does. I love almost every part of this novel from the test tube babies to the constant drug use to keep from feeling depressed, from Bernard’s recognition that life should be something more — it’s a frightening picture, even more so when you look at the parallels for modern society and what has come to pass.

At points some people may feel that it’s a difficult read. There are whole chapters of dialogue that the reader must carefully read to figure out who is saying what. I’ve never found this book difficult (I revisit it every few years), but I know there are people who do.

Try it out. It’s fantastic.


#659 – 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2010).

April @ The Steadfast Reader


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