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Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
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Apr 28, 10

bookshelves: british-lit, philosophical, science-fiction
Read from April 17 to 23, 2010

One of those quintessential high school reads that, for whatever reason, we were never expected to read in any of my high school classes. I'm sure I'd have found it incredibly mind-blowing as an angsty, naive adolescent. Reading it as an adult, though, as well as 80 years after its initial publication, I feel I've encountered either this story or similar concepts several times over (the Matrix comes to mind). I like that the ideas in Huxley's work, though, are not so simple and straightforward as other futuristic visions tend to be~although the Savage is onto something in terms of the fullness of human experience (including a wider range of human emotions, particularly pain and suffering), his indulgence in these emotions is just as extreme as that of "the civilized" with regard to pleasure, and his conclusion quite problematic (although, it can be read as a kind of martyrdom). I like, too, the irony in how the Savage is more cultured than anyone else, the civilized being rather insipid rule-followers (in spite of being followers of Freud, of all people). Altogether, a relevant read, but I felt I was forcing myself to turn the pages throughout much of it.
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