Brave New World by Aldous Huxley is a classic dystopian novel published in 1932. It is basically the description of a future world where the society control every single thing in the life of its citizens. Conditioning, mass production…there is no religion, and science is absolutely everything.
When I read this book, written 80 years ago, I was stroke by the obvious parallelism we can do between this futuristic society where nobody is allowed to do something on his own and has to follow the rule of the society (not only in its work but also in its extra-activities) and our current world.
Everything in this novel is so much actual that it is a bit frightening.
It describes the mass consumption, the reject of the people who are different, who looks different, who thinks different or simply who don’t want to do as the other.Because we can’t denied the fact that, even if difference is somewhat accepted nowadays, it is still a point of criticism by a majority of persons.
It talks about the mass effect, the never ending consumption of product created by the society to prevent us from thinking by our own, developping our proper ideas. It is quite the effect of what we are seeing on tv, watching in theatre, what they are showing in ads…I can’t believe this novel has such a true resonance for us now !
Also, this novel is about how science took the main place in the world. Don’t know if you’ve got the same feelings but for me, now, if you aren’t good in math/physic…, if you don’t do scientific studies, you are nothing more than … nothing basically. If you don’t have a scientific job or something related to numbers, you are a little idiot who doesn’t know how the world work. In this novel, science is everything. Nobody knows Shakespeare or Kant, or Tolstoi, and they don’t care. The society is about science, but not the real one, just a part of it. Because it is too dangerous to let people know about true science. It is I believe a possible consequence of the fordism for the writter :)
Apart from those great ideas that are kind of reflecting our modern society, Huxley gives us a nice little story. I’ve truly loved the beginning with all the explanation of how the society is working, I’ve been excited when we follow the two main characters in their journey, but what I’ve prefered in all of these parts is the meeting between the head of society, and the Savage because it is the most thoughtful moment I’ve ever read.
This novel is awesome because it has such a huge amount of reflections but also develops an unachievable romance that gives some kind of suspens to it, it was an astonishing reading and I can’t believe I didn’t read it sooner !
I’ve loved it, loved it, loved it and I hope you’ll like it too if you read it one day :)
Lots of love <3 and keep reading !
ps : pictures by Wisseh, Tskrening and Meifu