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Brave New World (P.S.) (original 1932; edition 2010)

by Aldous Huxley

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Title:Brave New World (P.S.)
Authors:Aldous Huxley
Info:Harper Perennial Modern Classics (2010), Paperback, 384 pages
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Rating:*****
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Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (1932)

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  1. 632
    Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell (chrisharpe, zasmine, MinaKelly, li33ieg, haraldo, Ludi_Ling)
    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.
  2. 422
    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.
  3. 252
    A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (MinaKelly)
  4. 140
    The Giver by Lois Lowry (afyfe)
  5. 130
    Brave New World Revisited by Aldous Huxley (pyrocow)
  6. 143
    We by Yevgeny Zamyatin (hippietrail, tehran)
    hippietrail: The original dystopian novel from which both Huxley and Orwell drew inspiration.
    tehran: Brave New World was largely inspired by Zamyatin's We.
  7. 80
    The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (mcenroeucsb)
    mcenroeucsb: Both are benchmarks for dystopian literature.
  8. 60
    The Tempest by William Shakespeare (Sylak)
    Sylak: Caliban in The Tempest has many parallels with John the Savage in Brave New World.
  9. 61
    Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (sanddancer)
  10. 40
    Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut (Anonymous user)
  11. 40
    This Perfect Day by Ira Levin (KayCliff)
  12. 40
    The Machine Stops by E. M. Forster (artturnerjr)
    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?).
  13. 40
    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick (mcenroeucsb)
  14. 118
    Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (fundevogel)
  15. 30
    Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm (rat_in_a_cage)
    rat_in_a_cage: Hinweis auf Rückentext bei »Hier sangen früher Vögel«.
  16. 10
    The Devils of Loudun by Aldous Huxley (John_Vaughan)
  17. 10
    Kallocain by Karin Boye (Mouseear)
  18. 76
    Stranger in a Strange Land (uncut edition) by Robert A. Heinlein (meggyweg)
  19. 10
    Love among the ruins : a romance of the near future by Evelyn Waugh (KayCliff)
  20. 22
    Shades of Grey: The Road to High Saffron by Jasper Fforde (one-horse.library)
    one-horse.library: The dystopic comedy by by Jasper Fforde, not the adult novel read by housewives.

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One of the books that had a great influence upon my life. Must read. ( )
  otikhonova | Dec 8, 2014 |
Well, I can imagine this book would have had more impact in the age before all the things it warns us about came true.

Additionally, the writing style was of that strange 1930's-1960's era writing you see occasionally where breezy and overly simplistic prose was fashionable, so I don't want to say it's poor, just that it attempts to be a certain something, achieves it, but I don't care much for it.

Did the people that read this in the 1930's understand he was generally AGAINST the way that world was? Because we pretty much did exactly all those things. Save the loss of family identity and our puritanical ways, both of which I personally could have done without. We have a caste system, indoctrination, ubiquitous pharmaceutical use, the distractions of entertainment and sport, and the hatred of true individualism (as opposed to the knee jerk libertarian fantasy type) and the general mistrust of learning...but we managed to keep the pointless attention on the family (OMG OMG OMG...it's about the kids!), and the deeply ingrained American Puritan history. Terrific.

If they didn't make you read this in school, there isn't any real social or literary reason to begin now. ( )
1 vote wjmcomposer | Nov 5, 2014 |
Well, I can imagine this book would have had more impact in the age before all the things it warns us about came true.

Additionally, the writing style was of that strange 1930's-1960's era writing you see occasionally where breezy and overly simplistic prose was fashionable, so I don't want to say it's poor, just that it attempts to be a certain something, achieves it, but I don't care much for it.

Did the people that read this in the 1930's understand he was generally AGAINST the way that world was? Because we pretty much did exactly all those things. Save the loss of family identity and our puritanical ways, both of which I personally could have done without. We have a caste system, indoctrination, ubiquitous pharmaceutical use, the distractions of entertainment and sport, and the hatred of true individualism (as opposed to the knee jerk libertarian fantasy type) and the general mistrust of learning...but we managed to keep the pointless attention on the family (OMG OMG OMG...it's about the kids!), and the deeply ingrained American Puritan history. Terrific.

If they didn't make you read this in school, there isn't any real social or literary reason to begin now. ( )
  wjmcomposer | Nov 5, 2014 |
The parts I thought I liked about this book were somewhat "complicated" when I found out that Huxley was actually really into eugenics.

Still, does a good job ticking off most of the boxes on my handy dystopian elements checklist:

-New names for current geopolitical locations (New Mexico)
-Forced propaganda consumption (hypnopaedics)
-Constant surveillance
-New family relationships (decanting, Solidarity Services,)
-Being forced to hide true emotions due to aforementioned constant surveillance (Bernard, Helmholtz, Lenina)
-Remaining true to yourself "inside" despite aforementioned hiding of true emotions (Bernard not doing drugs because you'd "rather be himself")
-Ironic government-sponsored slogans ("ending is better than mending," "everyone belongs to everyone else" etc)
-New socio-political and gov't bodies/orgs (World State)
-Scapegoat/victimize to consolidate power (not so much, a little with John)
-Everyday resistance (not playing Obstacle Golf)
-Organized resistance (getting banished to Iceland)
-Class structure, haves and have-nots (alphas, betas, etc)
-New vocabulary (Malthusian belt)
-Remembering 'before' or clues of 'before' (John and the "savages")
-New drugs (soma) ( )
  behemothing | Oct 25, 2014 |
I remember finding the first chapter boring, the rest pretty good, and the end bewilderingly sad. I'm not sure what the author was trying to elicit, other than the empty feeling I felt towards the end. I'm not sure whether the empty feeling is a good thing, overall. Maybe I should reread it. ( )
  humblewomble | Oct 19, 2014 |
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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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Aldous Huxleyprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bradshaw, DavidIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brochmann, GeorgTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hernández, RamónTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McAfee, MaraIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Montagu, AshleyIntroductionsecondary 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.
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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!"
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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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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0060929871, Paperback)

"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.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:30:26 -0400)

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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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