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About the book
Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs all its members are happy consumers. Bernard Marx seems alone harbouring an ill-defined longing to break free. A visit to one of the few remaining Savage Reservations where the old, imperfect life still continues, may be the cure for his distress...
Huxley's ingenious fantasy of the future sheds a blazing light on the present and is considered to be his most enduring masterpiece.
About the author
Aldous Huxley was born on 26th July 1894 near Godalming, Surrey. He began writing poetry and short stories in his early twenties, but it was his first novel, Crome Yellow (1921), which established his literary reputation. This was swiftly followed by Antic Hay (1923), Those Barren Leaves (1925) and Point Counter Point (1928) - bright, brilliant satires in which Huxley wittily but ruthlessly passed judgement on the shortcomings of contemporary society. The great novels of ideas, including his most famous work Brave New World (published in 1932 this warned against the dehumanising aspects of scientific and material 'progress') and the pacifist novel Eyeless in Gaza (1936) were accompanied by a series of wise and brilliant essays, collected in volume form under titles such as Music at Night (1931) and Ends and Means (1937). In 1937, at the height of his fame, Huxley left Europe to live in California, working for a time as a screenwriter in Hollywood. As the West braced itself for war, Huxley came increasingly to believe that the key to solving the world's problems lay in changing the individual through mystical enlightenment. The exploration of the inner life through mysticism and hallucinogenic drugs was to dominate his work for the rest of his life. His beliefs found expression in both fiction (Time Must Have a Stop, 1944 and Island, 1962) and non-fiction (The Perennial Philosophy, 1945, Grey Eminence, 1941 and the famous account of his first mescalin experience, The Doors of Perception, 1954. Huxley died in California on 22nd November 1963.
|Title:||Brave New World||Publisher:||Vintage Classics|
|No. of Pages:||288|
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Brave New World is a science fiction written by Aldous Huxley. The book was first published in 1932 and it faced critics for weak plot and characterization. However, now this book is considered as a classic. Huxley technology has the power to save us, but it has the dangers as well. This Utopian future offers soma and other carnal pleasures. Huxley acknowledges the evils of a seemingly satisfied and successful society. The universal happiness can be derived from the loss of home, family, love, freedom and even motherhood as the birth process will be mechanized. Huxley's satire only increases in intensity as the book progresses. The story centers around Bernard Marx, a man who doesn't fit into his strictly controlled and pacified world. He is an Alpha, the highest caste in society but still he is not satisfied. He and Lenina, high status women go for a vacation to a non-chemical city in New Mexico where they meet a young man Savage. He comes back with Marx and then the turning pages tell about his encounter with civilization. He hates this and tries to interrupt the distribution of Soma, a drug. Marx and Savage fight with the corrosive forces of civilization. The original ideas and ways are fresh today also. This is a compelling story with interesting plot and characters. Huxley's satire on the future of humanity and mankind is really appreciating. I just loved the book. Read it, this is a book for all age groups, and for all kinds of minds.