it's hard to write a review for BNW, and the 500,000 reads + 8,000 reviews (1.5%, among the lowest) shows the impact of the "required high school reading" factor involved here, where like its cousin book [b:1984|5470|1984|George Orwell|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1348990566s/5470.jpg|153313] the idea of a dystopic future serves as both cautionary tale of accepting totalitarian control, visionary futurology that anticipates actual developments (1984 with its ubiquituous surveillance, BNW with drug-use and free love).
Huxley was a mystic, this can't be denied. a graduate of UCL, which produced as well Coomaraswamy, the University College of London is relatively unknown to even elite Americans, but is the touchstone for the urban university or downtown university concept as pioneered by the UK.
Huxley's work is hard to characterize. in terms of impact, in terms of visionary qualities, in terms of creativity, a clear five star. but the story has some plotting / flow problems, digressing into lists at time while history is quickly outlined. one hesitates to give anything less than a 5 to a true world literature classic, but I'll be daring and give it the 4+
or it is a Beta plus plus???