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Review: "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley

The Brave new world is an utopian novel by Aldous Huxley. He writes about his imagination of a future world state with completely different values than in our world today. It is a state where people “produced” and cloned by the government and later conditioned to love and accept their status in the community. This should be guarantee stability and happiness. Huxley describes two exceptional young men who do not fit in this system and the tragic end of a young man who grew up in a reservation with some Indians who live with similar attitudes like the people in our world and really goes crazy after “eating the civilization”. These young men miss values like individuality, creativity or self-fullfilment which are completely deleted in the “Brave New World” of Aldous Huxley.

While reading the novel you can not imagine that it was published in 1932. It seems very current and could be also written in our times. What is distressing is that the book was published only one year before Adolf Hitler and his regime became the government of Germany. The National Socialists also prevented the individuality and conditioned the people like in the Brave new world. People who did not fit in the ideology were eliminated. So this dystopia could be closer to us than we imagine. The novel animates the audience to compare the Brave new world with our own world. You have rethink in which way the prognoses of Huxley had become true or maybe will become true. I can approve this novel because it is a very interesting and also alarming vision of the future with a touch of science fiction. But it is not only a light reading, you really have to think of what Huxley meant. So if you are interested in demanding literature and utopian visions this would be the right book for you.

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