Aaron posted a review at 2009-07-08 11:16:21.
This is one of the very few books I remember reading in school. There are only about 3 books I read my entire time in school. This is why I distrust the educational system and why I believe they conspire against me.
Rather than trying to write a brilliant review of a work I only vaguely remember, I shall relate to you what I do remember. Trust that I will soon reread this novel (and you will get a fresh review, when I do), as I believe all the dystopian novels are worth rereading (we proles still don't get it).
I'm not sure if it was my Junior or Senior year in high school. I had been sent to an alternative school for being arrested with marijuana. Because I was facing drug tests I replaced pot with LSD. I was growing my hair long. I had an older gentleman for an English teacher. It was one of the few subjects that I enjoyed. This teacher fellow struck me as perhaps an alcoholic. He was quite bumbling as well, though I rather liked his romantic notions and long vocal remembrances of the 60s and the girls he had known.
I remember when Brave New World was passed out to the class while he stuttered and stammered about. I was probably the only one excited to get the novel. As I said, I had done next to no reading in school.
Upon beginning the book I was instantaneously transported from the classroom and away from people which I despised into the future of mankind. The people I had been with in the classroom were the same social order of the future. Huxley's vision was disturbing and a most logical portrait in sociocultural, scientific and political evolution.
I remember being mildly shocked at the explicit nature of Huxley. I remember reading about the sucking vibrators and the socialization of sex. I became aroused and when the class was over I had to leave awkwardly with my books hiding my arousal. Perhaps this was not as indicative of Huxley's writing as it was my teenage hormones.
It was always strange to look up from the book, breaking the spell, to realize I was still sitting in class. I don't remember many details of the novel. I remember empathizing with the main character and his morals, and I have a fondness of Lenina, though I can't remember why...
I really must read this again!