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Brave New World

I read Aldous Huxley’s dystopian classic Brave New World for the first time a number of years ago, and was thus pleased when a book club choice gave me a chance to read it again.

An interesting counter to Orwell’s 1984, Huxley’s future is far more nuanced and, while still initially disturbing, more difficult to denounce. It raises important questions about the purpose of life – is it not, in fact, better to have a society where, although there is no meaning, everyone is permanently happy?  What is it about misery and the drama it brings that we cling to so strongly?

A clear must-read for anyone with an interest in political systems and society’s functioning.

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