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Schöne neue Welt by Aldous Huxley
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Schöne neue Welt (original 1932; edition 2009)

by Aldous Huxley, Aldous Huxley (Author), Herberth E. Herlitschka (Übersetzer)

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Title:Schöne neue Welt
Authors:Aldous Huxley
Other authors:Aldous Huxley (Author), Herberth E. Herlitschka (Übersetzer)
Info:Fischer Taschenbuch (2009), Ausgabe: 66, Taschenbuch, 256 Seiten
Collections:Read but unowned, Wishlist
Rating:*****
Tags:Dystopie, Gesellschaft, Glück, Philosophie

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Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (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 his- or herself.… (more)
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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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    mcenroeucsb: Both are benchmarks for dystopian literature.
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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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Brave New World is a view of a world taken by the Left; a world where "science" is the religion; a perverse, singularly cold world where humans have been “freed” from conventions and norms (sexual and behavioral); a society encroached by an almighty, overreaching government. Albeit in George Orwell’s “1984” the government, Ingsoc (English Socialism), shapes a dark, brutal society, and in BNW it furnishes a mock religion, drugs and sex in order to make the emptiness of society palatable and working bearable (panem et circenses comes to mind), both societies have in common the fact that they are a product of Leftwing (highly controlling) governments. Nothing could be farther from Conservatism and Capitalism; nothing could be closer to a Leftwing view of the ideal society. This book is actually an exposé of socialism. Anyone who would like to understand what socialism or communism is, should read this book and the following: 1984, The Gulag Archipelago, Animal Farm, The Fountainhead, and Atlas Shrugged. ( )
1 vote MrsRK | Nov 21, 2016 |
I'm not going to rate this because it seems silly to rate a book like this which has been so influential just because it's not exactly my cup of tea. Amazing for all the ideas that we are still grappling with, but chilly.

And now, I'm off for my half grain of soma.............
  laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
Theme: a society with genetic engineering, communal polygamy, no pain
Type: political science fiction , futuristic
Value: 1-
Age: mar
Interest: 1-
Objectionable: swearing, sexual overtones, sexual details (108-9)
Synopsis/Noteworthy:
  keithhamblen | Sep 29, 2016 |
He was a genius. that is all I can say. ( )
  avalinah | Sep 11, 2016 |
I thought I should read this having recently finished 1984. This book was not particularly well written or easy to read. The first few chapters were especially confusing.

It is sometime in the future and the world is a very different place. Babies are being manufactured in laboratories staffed by ever youthful adults who were also grown in labs. Deformities and disabilities have been eliminated. Individuality in appearance, thought and speech no longer exists within the civilised communities. Everyone has been conditioned from birth to think the same thoughts and behave in the same manner as everyone else. They are conditioned to make mass purchases of products to ensure consumerism ticks over. Everything they could wish for is on tap including sex with anyone they choose. There are no individual relationships and feelings are largely absent being seen as a weakness.

Bernard is not quite the same as everyone else, he feels uncomfortable and that there must be more to life than conditioning and duplicated experiences. He stumbles into uncivilised areas full of savages in his search for humanity. The savages seem to be remarkably similar to the human race as we know it. What will Bernard make of the fascinating horror that he has discovered and what will he do with his knowledge?

For some reason I found this book more chilling than 1984. The ideas were just a little too close to home to make enjoyable reading. Governments and those that think they know best are progressively conditioning the human race to think, act and speak alike through political correctness. They are eliminating all uncomfortable topics and subjects. People are lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God. They seek things for themselves at the expense of others. That is what happens when people abandon God and He eventually leaves them to their own devices. Brave New World may not be as far off as we think.....

For Christians, however, we can take comfort in knowing that all things are in God's hands and under His control. That nothing can happen without His allowing it and that one day Jesus will return and this earth will pass away.

Brave New World may make readers think. But it has a lot of sexual content some of which is quite graphic although not explicit. There is the odd swear word and some violence. For those reasons I wouldn't recommend it for sensitive readers. ( )
  sparkleandchico | Aug 31, 2016 |
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En este libro visionario escrito en 1932, Aldous Huxley imagina una sociedad que utilizaría la genética y el clonaje para el condicionamiento y el control de los individuos. En esta sociedad futurista, todos los niños son concebidos en probetas. Ellos son genéticamente condicionados para pertenecer a una de las 5 categorías de población. De la más inteligente a la más estupida: les Alpha (la elite), los Betas (los ejecutantes), los Gammas (los empleados subalternos), los Deltas y los Epsilones (destinados a trabajos arduos). "El mundo feliz" describe también lo que seria una dictadura perfecta que tendría la apariencia de una democracia, una cárcel sin muros en el cual los prisioneros no sonarían en evadirse. Un sistema de esclavitud donde, gracias al sistema de consumo y el entretenimiento, los esclavos "tendrían el amor de su servitud".
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It has remained for Aldous Huxley to build the Utopia to end Utopias-or such Utopias as go to mechanics for their inspiration, at any rate. He has satirized the imminent spiritual trustification of mankind, and has made rowdy and impertinent sport of the World State whose motto shall be Community, Identity, Stability.
 

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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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A fantasy of the future which sheds a blazing, critical light on the present - considered to be Aldous Huxley’s most enduring masterpiece.

Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs all its members are happy consumers. Bernard Marx seems alone harbouring an ill-defined longing to break free. A visit to one of the few remaining Savage Reservations where the old, imperfect life still continues, may be the cure for his distress…
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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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