Brave New World

Brave New World

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Now more than ever: Aldous Huxley's enduring "masterpiece ... one of the most prophetic dystopian works of the 20th century" (Wall Street Journal) must be read and understood by anyone concerned with preserving the human spirit in the face of our "brave new world"

Aldous Huxley's profoundly important classic of world literature, Brave New World is a searching vision of an unequal, technologically-advanced future where humans are genetically bred, socially indoctrinated, and pharmaceutically anesthetized to passively uphold an authoritarian ruling order--all at the cost of our freedom, full humanity, and perhaps also our souls. "A genius [who] who spent his life decrying the onward march of the Machine" (The New Yorker), Huxley was a man of incomparable talents: equally an artist, a spiritual seeker, and one of history's keenest observers of human nature and civilization. Brave New World, his masterpiece, has enthralled and terrified millions of readers, and retains its urgent relevance to this day as both a warning to be heeded as we head into tomorrow and as thought-provoking, satisfying work of literature. Written in the shadow of the rise of fascism during the 1930s, Brave New World likewise speaks to a 21st-century world dominated by mass-entertainment, technology, medicine and pharmaceuticals, the arts of persuasion, and the hidden influence of elites.

"Aldous Huxley is the greatest 20th century writer in English." --Chicago Tribune

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, [1991].
ISBN: 9781443434980
9780307356543
Branch Call Number: HUX
Characteristics: 288 p.

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carolwu96
Jul 01, 2019

In this world, everyone is content thanks to the government’s persistent brainwashing. Since birth, babies are evaluated and categorized by their intelligence, which determines their future careers and started the tailor-made brainwashing process accordingly. Through the eyes of several characters, including followers, leaders and misfits in the system, Huxley creates a complete and frighteningly feasible dystopia. Because the emphasis is put on describing the world itself, character development and other elements commonly found in novels are weaker by comparison, but this does not take away from the ultimate chill that remains with the reader.
I’ve been meaning to read this book for a long time since seeing others read it during high school. But there are always so many books to read, so after reading other dystopian novels including The Handmaid’s Tale, 1984, and the Hunger Games books (LOL) I left this one hanging for some years. It was only when Neil Postman extensively referred to it in Amusing Ourselves to Death (also reviewed on this account) that I finally picked it up from the library.
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Les_J
Feb 20, 2019

The 1980 TV movie has never been released on DVD. The quality was good, so it is strange it is ignored, but other predictive programming/dystopian films such as Clockwork Orange have a lot of exposure.
At least there is one BBC tv rip version on Youtube that a few have re-uploaded over the years.
I laughed when I read the comment below for a few reasons ;
"I recommend reading this with other people in order to stimulate discussion. Huxley imagined even in 1932 that the world could be headed in this way and the satire on advertising and mind control has not lost its bite in more than 80 years. I recommend NOT inflicting *Brave New World* on your high school students, though. It’s a much smarter book later in life."
I read this book alone when I was 13 or 14 years old, it was not part of any school curriculum.
THESE days, I understand why adults do not want children or teens reading it, as now most of them are narcissists and idiots.
They would only like that the future society says it acceptable to escape their emotional problems via prescribed drugs or use narcotics to have energy.
Aldous Huxley is considered by many to have written Brave New World as a warning, but his glowing letter to George Orwell for "1984" and how governments could better control their population, proves to me he wrote this novel with something other in mind.

IndyPL_SteveB Dec 27, 2018

If you only read this as a high school or even college student, you probably missed what was most important about it. It is not a book about plot or character. It is a novel that explores two of the central questions in human life: (1) Is it better for everyone to be “happy” or is “freedom”, with all of its messiness and unhappiness, a better approach? (2) We all have to live in a culture, which often conflicts with our individual desires. When those conflicts arise, how do you determine whether to cooperate with the culture or to act as an individual?

In *Brave New World* Huxley does not provide easy answers to those questions.

First, it is important to note that this is NOT *1984*. Orwell’s book is definitely a dystopia – a story about a terrible culture where people live in fear. Instead, *Brave New World* is – for 99% of the people in it – a *utopia.* Huxley’s world is a *happy* place. There is no war. Most disease has been eliminated. People love their jobs. Entertainment is cheap and plentiful. Everyone is considered good-looking. No one gets turned down for a date. Sex is plentiful and safe. Everyone is kept “happy” by drugs and psychological conditioning. We see one man, Bernard Marx, who has not been as happy in this system as everyone else. Attempting to try something different, he talks a female partner into going to New Mexico to visit a “wild” Native American culture. There he meets a man who turns his life upside down.

I recommend reading this with other people in order to stimulate discussion. Huxley imagined even in 1932 that the world could be headed in this way and the satire on advertising and mind control has not lost its bite in more than 80 years. I recommend NOT inflicting *Brave New World* on your high school students, though. It’s a much smarter book later in life.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Nov 26, 2018

Brave New World is a book written by Aldous Huxley, and is set in a dystopian future where the advanced technological industry is everything. Here, babies are genetically engineered and massively produced for the purpose of being assigned to specific lifestyles according to what caste they were made in. The different castes involved are the Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, and Epsilon castes.
This book is a great and essential read in that it warns humanity of the possibilities that could occur if we were to further ourselves in the world of technology and mass production, to the point that humans themselves are mass produced. In Huxley's vision, no freedom would be obtained and everyone would work for everyone, as constantly stated in the book. Your life would be set out for you, and you'd essentially be "brain-dead." To obtain happiness in this book, "soma" tablets are consumed which are able to calm the mind. This book is highly recommended as it is a different take on novels, but has the purpose of entertaining as well as informing. 5/5
- @Auyen of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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kristenpfae
Nov 03, 2018

I don't really know how I felt about this book. I am a huge dystopian fan however, I found this book a little confusing. I liked the premise and the characters but there was just so much back an forth I found it hard to keep up!

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jeff1885
Oct 11, 2018

This; in it's original printing; was 1932. We are heading directly towards such a future as depicted on these pages. A future where we have a cast system that is broken into the Alpha's and the Beta's that do the so called hard thinking work, with all the others from Gamma to Epsilon are just glad to be who they are. Of course the were conditioned to this state of mind, and for the greater happiness of society. And if life gets a little bit uncomfortable well there is always soma. Everyone should read this and have the thoughts on our society changed, or unfortunately reinforced.

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mx2048
Oct 03, 2018

Extremely boring beginning, gradual development, and impressive ending. Try it if you can bear monotonous descriptive language with soulless numbers swarming in it, or if you are a philosopher.

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barkisaz
Oct 01, 2018

Make consumerism the reason for existence, hyper-communism the way of life, take genetics to its rational end, add permanent group identity, boil them together and you have the brave new world.
What you don't add: spirituality, individualism families emotions (joy sadness love hate) creativity independence truth history discernment personal interests culture sensitivity opinions privacy or aging.
What's left? Work sex and pleasantness until an early soma-laden death.
Good book.

HCL_featured Sep 19, 2018

"Removed from the Foley, AL High School Library (2000) pending review, because a parent complained that its characters showed contempt for religion, marriage, and family. The parent complained to the school and to Alabama Governor Don Siegelman." from www.ala.org American Library Association

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ManMachine
Sep 11, 2018

After reading on Wikipedia (who I assume know what the heck they're talking about) that novelist Aldous Huxley intentionally wrote "Brave New World" (his famous, 1932, Sci-Fi novel) as a parody of H.G. Wells' 1923 story "Men Like Gods", that completely changed my whole perspective on this much-lauded tale of the future. Yep. It sure did.

I mean, with the exception of but a few brief moments of carefully calculated irony (thrown into this humourless yarn for good measure), I found "Brave New World" to be some of the absolute driest and clinically hopeless satire I have ever read this side of the 20th Century.

Hey, folks! - I'm not deliberately trying to knock "Brave New World". I'm not. - But, you know, if this piece of fiction was really supposed to be Huxley's supreme jest, lampooning the likes of H.G. Wells, then, believe me, it certainly missed its intended mark - Yeah - By a long shot!

Anyway - I certainly can't argue that "Brave New World" (though now 80+ years old) was, indeed, something of an interesting read - But, for me to honestly rate it as a parody (as Huxley apparently intended it to be), then I couldn't possibly give it more than just an average rating.

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jeff1885
Oct 11, 2018

best part on page 103: "... infectious disease... priest.... venomous lizards."

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Shyam_123
Jul 05, 2016

"To touch the fence is instant death", "There is no escape from a Savage Reservation".

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katedominique
Aug 29, 2015

“Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly -- they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.”

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nancydrew
Jun 13, 2015

"Did you eat something that didn't agree with you?" asked Bernard. The Savage nodded "I ate civilization."

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LibraryTeen
May 30, 2015

“But I don't want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin.”

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re_discover
Dec 06, 2013

"Five minutes later roots and fruits were abolished; the flower of the present rosily blossomed" (88).

Mee2 Feb 21, 2013

"Sixty-two thousand four hundred repetitions make one truth."

EuSei Nov 25, 2012

Sixty-two thousand four hundred repetitions make one truth.

Rinve Aug 03, 2012

"O brave New World with all such people in it"- John the Savage and The Tempest by william ShakeSpear according to the book

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LazyNeko
May 23, 2012

"What you need," the Savage went on, "is something with tears for a change. Nothing costs enough here."

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Shyam_123
Jul 06, 2016

This book is about a Utopian society and how the world controls people's behavior and how they control reproduction. But one person tries to understand the real meaning of life by meeting people in the Savage Reservation.

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katedominique
Aug 29, 2015

From the lonely man to the man with all the attention! This book is a roller coaster. From a mad society to insane customs, an unlikely relationship forms. Intelligence grows, yet dangers arise. Unexpected characters come with crazy results.

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LibraryTeen
May 30, 2015

In a future where babies are created in tubes, sex is the main pastime, everyone is always happy (or on soma), hypnotism is considered learning, and there can be 96 people created from a single embryo, we follow the lives of a few upper class citizens (and one other) as they discover what it means to be different in a world where everything is the same.

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victoriajoseveski
May 02, 2012

Aldous Huxley predicted however many years into the future with this book Brave New World.
the book (Brave New World) is about a perfect dystopia. the different societys/ social classes. In this book drugs, sex and artificial intelligents are apart of society.

FavouriteFiction Sep 30, 2009

In the world of the future regular sex and drugs are a part of life and babies are not born but created - designed for the type of work they will do as adults.

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victoriajoseveski
May 02, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: hitting and threats are done in this book and other things

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victoriajoseveski
May 02, 2012

Sexual Content: ehh i guess if you call taking off your clothes and walking toward a dude than yup!

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