41le8ej-fiL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_How many times can I read this book before tir­ing of it?  I think it’s impos­si­ble to tire of this phe­nom­e­nal piece of writ­ing.  It’s part phi­los­o­phy, part dystopi­an future, part ethnog­ra­phy.  This book makes me afraid for our future, espe­cial­ly in Amer­i­ca.  If you’re in the mood to think about some deep shit, you must read this book.  Plus, it’s a clas­sic and Huxley’s writ­ing is lyri­cal­ly pleas­ing.

I’m going to be hon­est; I despise pret­ty much every char­ac­ter.  The char­ac­ters are weak and don’t ask ques­tions.  I’m a ques­tion asker and a rule break­er, just ask the head­mas­ter at my high school.  One char­ac­ter ques­tions the cul­ture he has been born into, and things don’t go swim­ming­ly for him.

In Huxley’s cul­ture, child­birth is con­sid­ered bar­bar­ic, whilst ingest­ing drugs to make you hap­py and hav­ing wild orgies is total­ly accept­able behav­ior. It makes one think about cul­ture and who cre­ates cul­ture.  Are we a pro­duct of our cul­ture, or is our cul­ture a pro­duct of us?  Who has pow­er?  Who has agen­cy?  What are we leav­ing behind?  What will peo­ple remem­ber?

Huxley’s mas­ter­piece has been read and re-read for decades and for good rea­son.  More excit­ing than 1984, more ter­ri­fy­ing than Gat­ta­ca, and believ­able enough to be major­ly unset­tling, it’s a book that demands to be read!  So if you’ve been slack­ing off in the clas­sics depart­ment this is a great place to start.  Drop some soma and can­cel your orgy-por­gy plans to snug­gle up in bed with Brave New World before all the books dis­ap­pear!

So, what do you think?