Bronchitis World

Let me first wish all the moms, step-moms, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, cousins, mother-in-laws, godmothers, and all women who serve in the role of caretaker a very happy Mother’s Day!

happy-mothers-day

A challenge has been declared!  Based upon two factors, my health (bronchitis in May – lovely) and a mother who is in route to Jacksonville as we speak, I have decided to attempt to read the entirety of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World.  My in-laws  gifted me a hardcover copy for Christmas, but I loaned it out to a student who was reading it for their AP Literature class.  Upon receiving it back yesterday and becoming a “Books Without Pictures” podcast fan and noticing that their most recent recording features Brave New World, I thought it would be appropriate to choose it as my next title.  Additionally, I’m in desperate need of a break from the nonfiction world of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.  I’m finding myself torn between enjoying this background of the HeLa cell controversy and becoming irritated with Skloot’s writing style.  As referenced by MANY reviews that I’ve read in the past few days, the focus tends to move away from the story of Henrietta, her family, and her cells to Skloot’s exposition of how she acquired the information from which her book is based.  But this is for another positing.

5129 (Via GoodreadsFar in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs, all its members are happy consumers. Bernard Marx seems alone harbouring an ill-defined longing to break free. A visit to one of the few remaining Savage Reservations, where the old, imperfect life still continues, may be the cure for his 
distress…
Huxley’s ingenious fantasy of the future sheds a blazing light on the present and is considered to be his most enduring masterpiece.

I like to know about the author before reading their books, and here are five facts about Aldous Huxley:

1.  He wrote the screenplay for Disney’s Alice in Wonderland.  The first draft was rejected for begin “too weird.”  Imagine what the film would have been like!  He also wrote the screen play for Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, and of course Brave New World.

2.  He comes from a famous family.  His grandfather, Thomas Henry Huxley would become known as a controversial naturalist in his time, nicknamed as “Darwin’s Bulldog”.

3.  In 1911, he would contract a disease that would leave him virtually blind.

4.  It took only four months to write Brave New World.

5.  Aldous Huxley died on the same day that JFK was assassinated.

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  1. Pingback: Brave New World: A Review in Words and Pictures | Forever Within the Numbered Pages

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