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Brave New World (original 1932; edition 2007)

by Aldous Huxley

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Member:KerryD1971
Title:Brave New World
Authors:Aldous Huxley
Info:Vintage Classics (2007), Paperback, 288 pages
Collections:Read 2012, Your library
Rating:****
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Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (1932)

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    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.
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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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    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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1 vote trilliams | May 30, 2015 |
It was harder to read this time around for two reasons. First the middle is muddling and bone dry at best.The start and ending are excellent both for Huxley's brilliance in brevity communicating in a few pages what many modern authors take 1000 pages to convey as well as it's stark warning. Secondly, the concepts and conditions have been repeated by a slew of authors many of whom have done a much better job; however, Huxley was the first making this still a classic and must read. ( )
  revslick | May 30, 2015 |
To actually put in perspective the quality of this book, I will have to start by stating that I have recently read few books by current authors who also have written dystopia novels: The Hunger Games (only the first book thus far), Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth, and the first three books in the Frankenstein Series by Dean Koontz. Koontz's books are his reiteration of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (what I consider the best book ever written)and Brave New World, which I now consider the best conceptual dystopia novel that I have read. My personal opinion is that the books I have listed above though excellent books in their own right are merely child play in comparison to Aldous Huxley's work. ( )
  josmith16 | May 27, 2015 |
Interesting. A challenging read. A clinical future of genetically modified happiness and fragile stability but of little substance. One savage struggles to understand it. Not sure I enjoyed it at all. It took a long time to read for a reason... but it does make you think. ( )
  LindaLiu | May 25, 2015 |
I read this book many years ago, and did not fully appreciate it then. It has been years since I read the book, and suddenly it has taken over a whole new meaning, In the introduction to the book, the reviewers compared "Brave New World" with "1984", and postulated which of these two has been more prescient.

I would say both, equally, and in good measure. With Google, Facebook, Amazon etc becoming more and more adept at garnering data about us, "1984" is definitely upon us.

Yet, with the shiny malls, the plastic-slick soul that we all are confronted with, so is "Brave New World".

The book is written in a sort of limp manner, deliberately, I feel, and this tends to heighten the effect of a world that is 'perfectly' ordered. Strangely, the caste system makes itself felt.

Human equality is just a myth. ( )
  RajivC | May 24, 2015 |
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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
Heuvelmans, TonAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McAfee, MaraIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mok, MauritsTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Montagu, AshleyIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Orras, I. H.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Snow, GeorgeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Szentmihályi Szabó, PéterTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
York, MichaelNarratorsecondary 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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Brave New World is by Aldous Huxley. If you have H.G. Wells as the author of Brave New World, please correct your data. Thank you.
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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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