The story tells of a future approximately 600 years from now. Countries no longer exist. The Earth is divided into highly sophisticated civilizations ruled by well respected World Controllers. Human beings are placed into ranks as soon as they are artificially conceived. Each level possesses different physical and mental capacities. Each differently preprogrammed and chemically induced with life purposes. Human robots…
Not all societies are so advanced though. There are people who choose not to be converted and civilized. People living in these communities are called salvages. Note the similarity between ourselves and the isolated tribes that exist in our world today.
The plot thickens when a young salvage named John was introduced into civilized London. The drama that follows can only be felt if you read the story yourself. Movies have been made of this classic novel. Unfortunately, like most movies based on books, nothing stands out.
Brave New World is ranked fifth on the list of 100 best English language novels of the 20th century. I’m glad that I had the opportunity to read it. I’m glad that the library of Harelbeke, with its limited English-language books, actually have this in its collection.