Book Review – Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

‘Brave New World is a savage critique of the fallacy of the perfect state, the vogue for genetic engineering and the idea of the noble savage. Brimming with satirical concepts that have been borne out by the passage of time, Huxley’s masterpiece is as relevant now as it ever has been.’ – Waterstones

Far-off in the future, the World Controllers have created the idyllic society. Through ingenious use of genetic engineering, indoctrination and recreational drugs all its members are happy consumers. Bernard Marx appears alone harbouring an ill-defined longing to break free. A visit to one of the last remaining Savage Reservations where the old, imperfect life still remains, may be the cure for his hardship…

Huxley’s ingenious fantasy of the future sheds a blazing light on the present and is considered to be his most persistent masterpiece.

“A brilliant tour de force, Brave New World may be read as a grave warning of the pitfalls that await uncontrolled scientific advance. Full of barbed wit and malice-spiked frankness. Provoking, stimulating, shocking and dazzling” – The Observer

“Such ingenious wit, derisive logic and swiftness of expression, Huxley’s resources of sardonic invention have never been more brilliantly displayed” – The Times

“A decade ago we smug inhabitants of the information technology age thought Huxley’s socio-biological satire had called history wrong. Then along came stem-cells” – James Hawes

‘Not a work for people with tender minds and weak stomachs’ – J.B. Priestly

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