Brave New World

Posted on 6 October 2010 by Paolo Bernardi
Cover of the first edition of Brave New World

Cover of the first edition of Brave New World

I heard about this book quite some time ago, but only lately I’ve resolved to read it. Brave New World is Aldous Huxley masterpiece: a dystopian book that is considered the fifth best novel of the 20th century.

The future world that Huxley imagined during the 30s is completely organized: almost nothing is left to chance, to nature’s and mankind’s randomness. I’ll intentionally avoid describing that society and the particular story that happens in it because the book really deserves a careful reading.

Let’s just say that the story is funny at times, dark at others. There’s also a particular moment that I found terribly sad, the death of John’s mother; it touched me a lot because of the particular context where it happened and because of Linda’s conditions.

Incidentally, Aldous was the brother of Julian Huxley, the first director of UNESCO; I think this helped him to get a good perspective of where the world was going and this is quite visible through the whole book…

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