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Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Brave New World (original 1932; edition 1998)

by Aldous Huxley (Author)

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Huxley's classic prophetic novel describes the socialized horrors of a futuristic utopia devoid of individual freedom.
Title:Brave New World
Authors:Aldous Huxley (Author)
Info:Harper Perennial Modern Classics (1998), 268 pages
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Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (Author) (1932)

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    1984 by George Orwell (chrisharpe, zasmine, MinaKelly, li33ieg, haraldo, Ludi_Ling, Waldstein)
    zasmine: For Orwell was inspired by it. And Orwell's 1984 is as much of a prize as it.
    li33ieg: 1984, Brave New World and Fahrenheit 451: 3 essential titles that remind us of the need to keep our individual souls pure.
    Ludi_Ling: Really, the one cannot be mentioned without the other. Actually, apart from the dystopian subject matter, they are very different stories, but serve as a great counterpoint to one another.
    Waldstein: It's essential to read Huxley's and Orwell's books together. Both present the ultimate version of the totalitarian state, but there the similarities end. While Orwell argues in favour of hate and fear, Huxley suggests that pleasure and drugs would be far more effective as controlling forces. Who was the more prescient prophet? That's what every reader should decide for him- or herself.… (more)
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    Babou_wk: Contre-utopie, société future où l'unique but de la vie est le bonheur. Toute pratique requérant de la réflexion est bannie.
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    mcenroeucsb: Both are benchmarks for dystopian literature.
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    tehran: Brave New World was largely inspired by Zamyatin's We.
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    Sylak: Caliban in The Tempest has many parallels with John the Savage in Brave New World.
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    artturnerjr: If you read only one other dystopian SF story, make it this one (well, you should read 1984, too, but you knew that already, didn't you?).
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    leigonj: Haldane's ideas of eugenics and ectogenesis, which are laid out alongside others including world government and psychoactive drugs, strongly influenced Huxley's novel.
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    rat_in_a_cage: Hinweis auf Rückentext bei »Hier sangen früher Vögel«.
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Book: Brave New World
Author: Aldous Huxley
Age: 16
Genre: Dystopian Classic

This book is written in 1950s. Huxley has set the story in a dystopian future of 21st century, where the World Controllers have created an ideal society.
The author has ingeniously explained how genetic engineering, brain washing, sleep teaching and drugs can be used to teach the world.
In the so-called utopian society, reproduction is now solely a work of in-vitro fertilization. The concept of 'marriage', 'parents', 'family' don't exist. Drugs like Soma is used to bring happiness to the distressed. No one is supposed to be unhappy, distressed or lonely in this ideal society.
In the midst of it, Bernard Marx feels discontent. In the Savage Reservation, where people are strange and uncivilized, Marx finds a strange unchequered familiarity in a savage boy. He befriends John in the Savage Reservation. John was born when her civilized mother was abandoned in the Savage Reservation years ago.
How will their life get changed? Will Marx be able to find a cure for his distress?
My Opinion: A True Masterpiece. This story took me aback, I can't believe it was written about 80 years ago. It makes me questions why it is important to have the right to feel sad, to be discontent, to be unhappy as much as we have the right to be happy. This book is a true counterpart of 1984 by George Orwell. It can be very well compared to this. Orwell shows us the world where our hatred can lead us to, while Huxley shows us the world what makes us happy takes us to.
This book is beautiful. I literally fell in love with this at first sight.
Much recommended.. ( )
  Fatima_Anwar | Nov 30, 2020 |
2.5- stars.
Brave New World is one of my old books on my TBR. The book was a recommendation by a family friend after hearing that I read 1984 by George Orwell.
Aldous Huxley was a very innovative person for his era. The idea of the plot of Brave New World is a utopian one.
The writing style also seems to work to serve as a way for him to force his thinking and ideology faintly. It becomes hard to follow most of the time, disjointed, and difficult to get into. It certainly has it's moments, but it's muddled in the writer's, almost manic, thoughts. It certainly is a thought-provoking read...But not for the right reasons. More like the writer's style makes you take time out of the actual story/points to try to figure out who said what and what that has to do with the story at large. It was definitely a grind to read, and the disjointed nature of Huxley's writing makes it worse.
I believe that I finished the book because I was listening to the audiobook while following with hardcopy. I also believe that more people will read the book due to the T.V. series. ( )
  AvigailRGRIL | Nov 3, 2020 |
I'm so disappointed that I didn't love this book. It's one that I didn't read in high school and just never got around to it after that.

One of the things I really liked about it was that it seemed current, though it was first published over 85 years ago. I never got the sense that it was "old" or "out-dated."

I'm glad I read it, as I think everyone should. But I probably wouldn't read it again.
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  TheEclecticBookworm | Oct 25, 2020 |
Great classic

A must read great classic. In our contemporary world of materialism and capitalism this book speaks loud in its rhetoric. ( )
  ejakub | Oct 19, 2020 |
better than 1984 by a fucking longshot ( )
  ncharlt1 | Oct 11, 2020 |
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Atwood, MargaretIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Binger, CharlesCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bradshaw, DavidIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brochmann, GeorgTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Herlitschka, Herberth E.Übersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Les utopies apparaissent bien plus réalisables qu'on ne le croyait autrefois. Et nous nous trouvons actuellement devant une question bien autrement angoissante : comment éviter leur réalisation définitive ?… Les utopies sont réalisables. La vie marche vers les utopies. Et peut-être un siècle nouveau commence-t-il, un siècle où les intellectuels et la classe cultivée rêveront aux moyens d'éviter les utopies et de retourner à une société non utopique moins 'parfaite' et plus libre.
(—Nicholas Berdiaeff)
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A squat grey building of only thirty-four stories.
Unorthodoxy threatens more than the life of a mere individual; it strikes at Society itself.
..."What fun it would be," he thought, "if one didn't have to think about happiness!"
"I don't want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin ... I'm claiming the right to be unhappy". "Not to mention the right to grow old and ugly and impotent; the right to have syphilis and cancer; the right to have too little to eat; the right to be lousy; the right to live in constant apprehension of what may happen tomorrow; the right to catch typhoid; the right to be tortured by unspeakable pains of every kind." ... "I claim them all".
"All conditioning aims at that: making people like their unescapable social destiny."
"No civilisation without social stability. No social stability without individual stability."
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Huxley's bleak future prophesized, in Brave New World was a capitalist civilization, which had been reconstituted through scientific and psychological engineering, a world in which people are genetically designed to be passive and useful to the ruling class. Huxley opens the book by allowing the reader to eavesdrop on the tour of the Fertilizing Room of the Central London Hatchery and Conditioning center, where the high tech reproduction takes place. Bernard Marx (one of the characters in the story) seems alone, harboring an ill-defined longing to break free. Satirical and disturbing, Brave New World is set some 600 years into the future. Reproduction is controlled through genetic engineering, and people are bred into a rigid class system. As they mature, they are conditioned to be happy with the roles that society has created for them. Concepts such as family, freedom, love, and culture are considered grotesque.
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