"Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley
It's June, y'all. And I am excited. Excited for summer, excited for a break from school, and excited for this book! I read it last year, and I was eager to put it on the list of Banned Books this year. It's definitely... different. I think it might be the most challenging of the books so far, in regards to controversial material. (But nothing we can't handle!) Frankly, it's a captivating book, and fascinating to read Huxley's view of the future - to see where he got it wrong, and how much he (scarily) got right.
Brave New World has been equally loved and challenged. It ranks at #52 on the American Library Association's list of most challenged books. Yet, it also falls at #5 on the Modern Library's list of "100 best English-language novels of the 20th century". I'd love to see where you fall - hate the book, or love it?
If you join us for this book, here are a few questions to think about:
1. Were you offended by this book's material? If so, what parts of the book did you find offensive?
2. Did you like Huxley's use, and juxtaposition, of Shakespeare's writings with the world John finds himself in? Were there any passages that particularly stuck out as significant?
3. Are there passages of the book that seem dated? What aspects of Huxley's world could happen? What would never happen?
4. Toward the end of the book, Mond says: "The world's stable now. People are happy; they get what they want, and they never want what they can't get." It sounds like perfection, and yet the world Mond describes is deeply, intentionally horrifying. Why? What exactly is so bad about this society of the future?
Are you up to the challenge? Are you going to join us for a journey into a Brave New World?
If so, reviews will go up on June 29th!