Thursday, May 21, 2009

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

I enjoyed reading Brave New World because it portrays a detailed description of what the world could become in a matter of one hundred years or more. The novel speaks of an infirmary, where the residents are not born, but are made perfect by technology. They are immune to any disease. The residents are put into social castes, Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta and Epsilon. Alpha being the highest, Epsilon the lowest. The Alphas and Betas serve as hierarchy who make the decisions for their community and the Epsilons do the dirty work.

The book follows the lives of several characters putting their social, sexual and secret lives in great detail. One of the main points the society wants to make sure is known is people should find pleasure in everyday life and obtain it as much as possible. Sex is a crucial component in their society because it is seen as the ultimate pleasure. Simply said, the higher caste you are, the more pleasure you will obtain in your life. A stranger from the "outside world", which is any part of the world outside their society, knows nothing of the advancements of the brave new world when he comes to the new society and is introduced to the perfections.

I recommend this book to anybody who has ever been curious about the future or what it could become.

Jesse B.

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