The book that will be discussed, via Zoom, on Wednesday, June 16, will be Brave New World and Brave New World Revisited, by Aldous Huxley.
Considered Huxley’s masterpiece, Brave New World presents a futuristic view of World State, a technologically advanced country in which people are bred through artificial wombs, indoctrinated to accept an authoritarian government, and kept drugged on Soma, a drug designed to keep them “happy” and therefore willing to accept the status quo.
Huxley, writing in 1931, feared the impact of reproductive technology, psychological manipulation, mass production, consumerism, and pharmaceuticals on the social order and on individuals. Thirty years later, in the essays titled Brave New World Revisited, he asks how accurate his prophetic vision has been.
Aldous Huxley was a British author and philosopher who wrote 50 books of fiction and nonfiction, as well as essays, poetry, and screenplays. He moved to the United States in 1937, where he wrote Hollywood screenplays, lectured at MIT, became more deeply involved with Eastern religion, and wrote a number of novels. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature nine times and received the Award of Merit from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Brave New World was ranked No. 5 by Modern Library on its list of 100 best English-language novels of the twentieth century. It’s topic and themes remain relevant in the twenty-first century as well.
Arthur Broten will lead the discussion, which will take place via Zoom, on Wednesday, June 16, beginning at 7 p.m. Cannon Beach Reads plans to meet via Zoom on the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. until in-person meetings are possible again (hopefully soon). New members are always welcome. If you would like to join in, contact Joe Bernt at email@example.com.