This classic novel by Aldous Huxley has stood the test of time as one of the great 20th century novels. Set in a dystopian London future where people are cloned, monogamy is no longer normal and people are encouraged to take mind altering substances. This novel is full of scathing social comment and a frightful prediction of where the future is heading.
First published in 1932, the novel inevitably is a product of its time. Much of the references to promiscuous sexuality would have been far more shocking to readers then than it is today. Yet the reader can appreciated that Huxley attempted to write about topics that at the time would have been challenging.
Unlike many novels, Brave New World hasn’t dated too badly overall. In many ways this novel is the forerunner for many future dystopian and science fiction novels written in the years that followed. The story gains the readers attention early on and keeps you interested right up to the last page.
Sometimes reading classic literature can feel like a chore. You read it because everyone says you should, but it takes a real effort to get to the end. This novel is certainly not like this. Brave New World is an engaging and well written novel that has stood the test of time.
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