Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Book Review: Brave New World + Make It a Gift
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Review by Lauren
copy from a friend
Review: I couldn't find a suitable summary for this novel, but if you want to know some basics about the world, then you can go here. I'd stick to just the first paragraph or so, otherwise, you'll be ruining important parts of the novel.
The reason I read this, however, is because a friend of mine was talking about it one night and when I admitted I had never read it, she lent me her copy. It was a novel I finished quite quickly and I think a lot of people nowadays would love it since Dystopian novels are such a hit.
In simple terms, Brave New World is essentially a Utopia that doesn't really work. Not everyone is equal and the government essentially takes away their citizen's freewill all in the name of happiness. If everyone is happy, or can take a drug when they are not, then that's all that is important. It's easy to see how this idea could be compelling to people, but it's not realistic. They are living in a world that isn't meant to be.
For a classic, Brave New World is a novel that keeps up with today's lifestyle. This is a still a world that does not exist, yet you could imagine people wishing for something similar.
I found most of the characters disagreeable in one way or another; this is not to say that I disliked all of them. Yes, there are ones that are certainly more "villainous" but everyone seems to have a side of them that you empathize with. I think giving these characters different sides to their personalities just made them more believable. This is especially true of John, the Savage, who did not grow up in London and this "brave new world" - instead he was born and raised in North America among the Indians. I won't say anything else about him, because his part of the story is quite fascinating and going into too much detail would spoil things. However, John is a character that many will find themselves rooting for, yet at the same time, not always agreeing with his actions.
In general, I'm glad my friend told me to read this. Brave New World would be a great classic for current high school teachers to use in their classes; I can see a lot of people enjoying it more so than some other titles you're forced to read.
Now...let's Make it a Gift!
Brave New World sweater is now on my wish-list for the upcoming Fall/Winter seasons.
If you want to give this novel in the summer, however, you can grab a Brave New World t-shirt (Men's/Unisex) as well. You can even get a Brave New World greeting card or a coaster set with various covers, including Brave New world.