Date started: 08/01/15
Date finished: 08/20/15
A part of my “50 books to read before you die” list, this book is a classic and is the inspiration of George Orwell’s 1984. It talks about a civilized world wherein people are developed in tubes and are products of a main egg cell. There are groups of people or if I may call divisions of the society. There are the Alphas (the elite and the most intelligent ones), the Betas, Gammas, Deltas and Epsilons (lowest and the servant class). All of these groups are educated through hypnopedia or when they sleep. Their purpose or how they are ought to behave are played repeatedly when they are sleeping. They believe in Ford (who/ which is their god) and they have controllers, etc. They consider their society as a place where all are efficient and happy. When they start to feel uneasy, they drink half a gramme of soma to feel better. There are also days called soma holiday. Although this society may sound perfect and with no conflicts, there are a few who think there are better things than soma and hypnopedia. This is where Bernard Marx comes in. He thought beyond the people in his class and was able to go to a place far from Europe. This is where he met Linda, who once was a product of Ford, and her son John. To be able to prove a point to the leaders, he brought them there and causes a commotion. Linda dies and John is left alone. In the city, he can never be able, or he never was alone. He became a savage. The death of his mother willed him to choose a life outside of Ford. He took his own life towards the end of the book.
This book gave a lot of interesting things to think about. The way Aldous Huxley constructed this society is very creatively dark and applicable now in this present day. I hope more people will know about this.