“Actual happiness always looks pretty squalid in comparison with the overcompensations for misery. And, of course, stability isn’t nearly so spectacular as instability. And being contented has none of the glamour of a good fight against misfortune, none of the picturesqueness of a struggle with temptation, or a fatal overthrow by passion or doubt. Happiness is never grand.”
This classic written by Aldous Huxley is actually a reread, since the first time I read this novel it was part of an English assignment back when I was about fourteen. Brave New World in a way is a shocker. Aldous Huxley´s new world is a complete opposite of the world we know now, a strange new synthetic world where science in our eyes went too far… Cloning babies and conditioning them to make large groups of identical twins, condemning some to an infavorable treatment with big consequences. No such thing as marriage, family life, personal identity, freedom to do as one pleases. But you cannot deny that this new world was geniously created, and in its own way works perfectly. Some may think the ideas expressed in this book are too inorthodox, but still I recommend reading it.
This book describes a fantasy of a future in which they can control every part of society; babies that are cloned according to their role in that society. Everybody is happy with their own role. It doesn’t matter if you’re an Alpha or Epsilon, through the bottlement process and conditioning they are made to love what they do and they don’t desire anything else than their pre-destined role. Bernard Marx isn’t happy though with his place in this New World where nobody is ever alone, and has a dangerous fondness for solitude. With the girl he is in love with, Lenina, (there is no such thing as love though in the life after Ford, the new ´God´; everybody belongs to each other) he escapes the big city by visiting one of the Savage Reservations where people still live according to the old way. They find Linda and her son John, Linda once being a girl from the new world who got lost in the reservation… And Bernard decides to bring them back to modern society as an experiment. There, John (Mr. Savage) encounters a whole new world which he truly cannot understand to be an improvement of the world he had known until then…
Brave New World is not your typical read and very well written. Aldous Huxley shows us a dystopian world that will make you think about how things work in our society. It’s an interesting read and I would definitely recommend reading this novel. It’s one of my favorite dystopian classics!