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Barron's Booknotes-Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
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A life-span without war, violence and the dread of cruel diseaseis it not worth the silly slogans, the scent organ, the Feelies and the lack of an unknown freedom? But the price-in our terms-is also the freedom to reject servitude, the freedom to choose, to grow, to change. The price is deep and graduated human relationships, is virtue, is courage, endurance, faith exchanged for uniformity and spiritual squalor. There is no doubt on which side Aldous comes down. Sybille Bedford, Aldous Huxley: A Biography, 1974


In the World-State man has been enslaved by science, or as the hypnopaedic platitude puts it, "science is everything." But, while everything owes its origin to science, science itself has been paradoxically relegated to the limbo of the past along with culture, religion, and every other worthwhile object of human endeavor. It is ironic that science, which has given the stablest equilibrium in history, should itself be regarded as a potential menace, and that all scientific progress should have been frozen since the establishment of the World-State. Peter Bowering, Aldous Huxley: A Study of the Major Novels


The core of the book is the argument on happiness between the Controller and the Savage. They argue like a couple of Oxford dons on the name and nature of happiness in society. The Savage reveals a power in dialectic for which his past life, one would have thought, had hardly prepared him. Huxley is right. It would have been better if the Savage had had another background, something worth preferring. As it is, he has to choose between the squalor of the Reservation and the spiritless shallow happiness of the world according to Ford. Laurence Brander, Aldous Huxley: A Critical Study, 1970


...For Huxley, it is plain, there is no need to travel into the future to find the brave new world; it already exists, only, too palpably, in the American Joy City, where the declaration of dependence begins and ends with the single-minded pursuit of happiness. Peter Firchow, Aldous Huxley: Satirist and Novelist, 1972


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