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Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
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Brave New World (original 1932; edition 1963)

by Aldous Huxley

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Title:Brave New World
Authors:Aldous Huxley
Info:Penguin Modern Classics (1963), Paperback, 201 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:dystopia

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Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (Author) (1932)

  1. 754
    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 his- or herself.… (more)
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    Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (phoenix7g, meggyweg, Babou_wk, haraldo)
    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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    hippietrail: The original dystopian novel from which both Huxley and Orwell drew inspiration.
    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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    rat_in_a_cage: Hinweis auf Rückentext bei »Hier sangen früher Vögel«.
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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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I did not enjoy this book, but I did find the voice and theme well-written, and memorable: 'even Epsilons are useful...'

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  FourFreedoms | May 17, 2019 |
Nein, ich mag es nicht besonders, wenn ein Buch mir unterschwellig Predigten hält. Da hilft auch kein Klassiker-Bonus. ( )
  Horrortorte | May 17, 2019 |
Uses false dichotomy and outsider perspectives to challenge notions of what makes a good society and where balance ought to lie between social and individual rights ( )
  maryroberta | May 13, 2019 |
"O brave new world, that hath such people in it!"

Brave New World is a classic dystopian novel set in a futuristic world where science and pleasure has replaced individualism and feudalism. It portrays a totalitarianism society achieved through test tube babies, and state ordered hypnotism, a caste system where a person's position in life has been pre-ordained even before they were even 'born'. In this world it's inhabitants are controlled not by military force but by drug-induced happiness, using a substance known as soma.

At the core of this book is an horrific use of eugenics and explores the negatives of a society which on the face of it is successful but where freedom and personal responsibility has been sacrificed for peace and stability.

In this novel I believe that Huxley wants the reader to look as the dangers of using technology to control society and to convey the idea that it cannot solve all the problems of the world alone. First published in 1932 this book seems even more relevant today where computers and gadgets are ever more prevalent in our lives, a society based around consumerism, where it is easier and often cheaper to buy new rather than to make and mend.

When this novel was first published it was a against a backdrop of a growth in fascism, in particular in Germany, where minorities were gradually being persecuted and the state was promoting its own form of eugenics. Thus Huxley asks us to consider the dangers of an all-powerful state. Despite everyone appearing to being equal, there is deep inequality and unfairness bubbling away under the surface? As a society we must not allow the state to take more and more of our civil liberties by stealth but instead we as individuals must therefore also take some personal responsibility for our own actions and reactions.

However, I have to say that it also lacked a little something; a nasty side. Unlike in Orwell's '1984' or even in a later novel like Attwood's 'A Handmaid's Tale' the state appears rather benign. When Bernard and his friend Helmholtz seems to challenge the state the police arrest them using soma vapour rather than batons, then their punishment is banishment to a distant island with other like minded individuals rather than anything more sinister. This lack of an undercurrent of malice somehow seemed a little detrimental to the whole. Overall, Brave New World is a pretty scary depiction of what could be humanity's future. It is at times a rather complex read but I thoroughly enjoyed reading it as I found it thought provoking. ( )
  PilgrimJess | May 12, 2019 |
Huxley portrays a utopian society in future which rises out of present chaotic times where man is grappling with his animal instincts ,cultural belief systems and a volatile economy .

But only to come with an henoius solution to all his problems , Huxley goes about explaining the use of eugenics to segregate sub species amongst humans to maintain societal structure i.e.. alpha/beta beings , Where man is reduced to a consuming autonomous robot from drugs to check his carnal instincts and keep him in a state of sedation even on his death bed , there making the process "easy" .

The discourse between Mustafa Monde (future) and John "the savage" (today's man) at the end sums it up.Huxley's satirical view is extremely horrifying and unfortunately we are heading in that direction . Although published in 1932 , Huxley is lightyears ahead ! ( )
  Vik.Ram | May 5, 2019 |
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Huxley, AldousAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Atwood, MargaretIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Binger, CharlesCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bradshaw, DavidIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brochmann, GeorgTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Herlitschka, Herberth E.Übersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hernández, RamónTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Heuvelmans, TonAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Montagu, AshleyIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moody, PaulineTranslatorsecondary 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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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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"Community, Identity, Stability" is the motto of Aldous Huxley's utopian World State. Here everyone consumes daily grams of soma, to fight depression, babies are born in laboratories, and the most popular form of entertainment is a "Feelie," a movie that stimulates the senses of sight, hearing, and touch. Though there is no violence and everyone is provided for, Bernard Marx feels something is missing and senses his relationship with a young women has the potential to be much more than the confines of their existence allow. Huxley foreshadowed many of the practices and gadgets we take for granted today--let's hope the sterility and absence of individuality he predicted aren't yet to come.

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A fantasy of the future that sheds a blazing critical light on the present--considered to be Aldous Huxley's most enduring masterpiece. Mr. Huxley is eloquent in his declaration of an artist's faith in man, and it is his eloquence, bitter in attack, noble in defense, that, when one has closed the book, one remembers. A Fantastic racy narrative, full of much excellent satire and literary horseplay. It is as sparkling, provocative, as brilliant, in the appropriate sense, as impressive ads the day it was published. This is in part because its prophetic voice has remained surprisingly contemporary, both in its particular forecasts and in its general tone of semiserious alarm. But it is much more because the book succeeds as a work of art. This is surely Huxley's best book.… (more)

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