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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - October 17th, 2006
It's a perennial debating point for the literati: 1984 or Brave New World? But the case is pretty straightforward, Orwell produced a finer piece of Literature, and Huxley gave us, in one packaged, wordless satire and chillingly accurate prophesy. Huxley's skewed Utopia is a peaceful land dominated by consumerism, instant gratification, and reductive sound-bite philosophy. In the phrase of C. S. Lewis, Huxley prophesied "men without chests" - a society of desire and gut, of appetite and effortless satisfaction, with no heart any longer to guide and elevate the human animal.