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Restored Thread 18th February 2011, 09:06 AM lunababymoonchild This book sets out an alternative society with babies not being born but created and then conditioned from birth and for their entire lives with adult behaviour being controlled via drugs. Even so, not everybody conforms to this and the book goes on to describe what happens. This book is set in the future but as it was written between the two world wars so at that time perhaps it was futuristic, but not so now, I felt. More an alternative man made society. I struggled with this book a little bit. I got to page 70 and decided to
This is a really great book. Although written nearly 75 years ago, Brave New World is perhaps more relevant today than ever. Huxley’s futuristic vision is one of mass produced designer babies, controlled a-sexual reproduction within a strict caste system, drug controlled happiness, and governmental brainwashing from babyhood. There is no literature, no culture, no family and certainly no individual thought. Scientific and political development over the last century has led his vision to take on an eerie ring of truth, and although obviously hyperbolic, the novel poses interesting questions
I'm working my way through the major Huxleys at the moment and have reached Point Counter Point, which appears to be one long ramble. Some of the characters are meant to represent famous figures of the time (such as D.H. Lawrence), and although I enjoy Huxley's style, I'm sure some of the wit is lost on me. I feel as if I need a history lesson in London celebrities of the interwar years.