gooser114, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by gooser114)
The society that Huxley creates is one dependent on a hallucinogenic drug, soma. No one is able to function without soma to allow them to escape from the problems of everyday life. The government utilizes soma in order to keep the people unaware of the totalitarian regime that they are forced to live in. Only when an outsider is brought into this society are their actions questioned. This outsider is unable to understand this society and unable to change people’s ideas.
This is a wonderful dystopian story that illuminates the dangers of government control and medicalization.
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maybsc, August 5, 2009 (view all comments by maybsc)
Amazingly prophetic! I read this book when I was in college (I’m 34 now) it still gives me new insights into the human condition. I think I’ll be rereading this book until I’m old and gray.
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