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Book: Brave New World

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After taking a hiatus from dystopias (1984, Animal Farm), I finally got around to reading Brave New World. As an idea, it's an interesting book. It's world of Alphas, Betas, Gammas, Deltas, and Epsilons, where the social hiearchy is manufactured through bio-engineering, which contrasts against notions of a future where bio-engineering is used to manufacture perfect, equal individuals. I also found it interesting the that the World State in Brave New World reinforces social stability by promoting, rather than depriving, citizens of pleasure.

However, as a story, I have a hard time convincing myself that this is a classic. The story is flat, as are most of the characters. The only character I thought was really interesting was Mustapha Mund, but he is in very little of the story.

Overall, Huxley has more to say than story to say it with. Perhaps this would have been better as a series of short stories, but who am I to judge a classic?

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