Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
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Brave New World Audiobook by Aldous Huxley is a futuristic and dystopian novel first published in 1932. The story is set in London in 632 A.F (After Ford) which signifies 632 years after the birth of American industrialist Henry Ford. The world’s population is kept stable at 2 billion and there are plenty of resources for everyone. There is almost universal employment and the society is peaceful and stable. Babies are not born in the normal manner, they are rather grown in test tubes in laboratories.
While the babies are sleeping they are molded using sleep-hypnosis to become members of one of the society’s high castes. As natural reproduction does not happen, people are encouraged to be sexually active from an early age. The citizens are encouraged to take the drug ‘Soma’ to get rid of any stress and anxiety.
The conflict in the plot begins when Bernard the protagonist, travels to Reservation during a holiday to see a group of savages- people who are outside the normal society and live following the traditional manner. Bernard brings one of these savages- John-back to London.
People become interested in John and he lives life differently than them. John become hugely popular like a celebrity. However, he develops a strong dislike for the lives lived by the people in London and feels out of place. He quickly decides to escape and go back to his savage group. John’s isolation and self-admonishing behavior causes the citizens to take even more interest in him.
Brave New World Audiobook by Aldous Huxley received positive reviews from the critics and the readers. It was also placed 5th on the list of 100 best English language novels of the 20th century. Considering the novel was published in 1932, the author has used his great vision to predict the civilization of the distant future. The novel also raises questions on where the human civilization is heading towards.
The author has detailed the main characters and captured their motivations and behavior nicely. The readers will be able to relate with the characters. The novel provides glimpses of the future which may be scary also. The novel is a highly recommended read for people having interest in science fiction and dystopian themes.