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Brave New World (1932)

by Aldous Huxley

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Huxley's classic prophetic novel describes the socialized horrors of a futuristic utopia devoid of individual freedom.
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    Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell (chrisharpe, zasmine, MinaKelly, li33ieg, hpfilho, Ludi_Ling, Anonymous user)
    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.
    Anonymous user: 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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    Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (phoenix7g, meggyweg, Babou_wk, hpfilho)
    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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    A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (MinaKelly)
  4. 190
    The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (mcenroeucsb)
    mcenroeucsb: Both are benchmarks for dystopian literature.
  5. 151
    The Giver by Lois Lowry (afyfe)
  6. 163
    We: A Novel 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. 120
    Brave New World Revisited by Aldous Huxley (pyrocow)
  8. 70
    Animal Farm by George Orwell (sturlington)
  9. 71
    Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (sanddancer)
  10. 60
    The Tempest by William Shakespeare (Sylak)
    Sylak: Caliban in The Tempest has many parallels with John the Savage in Brave New World.
  11. 50
    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick (mcenroeucsb)
  12. 50
    The Machine Stops by E. M. Forster (artturnerjr, KayCliff)
    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
    This Perfect Day by Ira Levin (KayCliff)
  14. 40
    Daedalus; or, Science and the Future by J. B. S. Haldane (leigonj)
    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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    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. 129
    Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (fundevogel)
  17. 31
    Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells (Sylak)
    Sylak: Basically a parody of Wells' own book published seven years earlier.
  18. 20
    Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut (Anonymous user)
  19. 20
    Jennifer Government by Max Barry (fulner)
    fulner: Brave New world is a dystopian novel based on a world with too much enjoyment. Jennifer Government is a dystopian novel based on too much freedom.
  20. 86
    Stranger in a Strange Land (Uncut Edition) by Robert A. Heinlein (meggyweg)

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I read this following the Spring Semester of 2023, on vacation in El Salvador. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the message behind it - and the introduction to this (the 33rd printing) poses an interesting questions about the duality of the ending, speculating that there could have been alternatives. The society Huxley created in BNW presents an all-too-real future considering our own society's stress on happiness, instant gratification, and an overreliance on technology to remove the ills of human life. Would one be happier in the reservation, edging out a rough but true life? Or rather in "civilization" where the realities of life are obscured through soma, medicine, technology, and consumption? The themes of consumption and capitalism were particularly interesting throughout the work, and this would be an interesting book to present to modern readers. Overall, excellent and will read again. ( )
  E_Morgan_Huhn | May 18, 2023 |
Firstly, I can believe this book was written in 1932! Huxley really had a tunnel into the future.. we should be worried how well he's predicted how society has evolved.

Secondly, it's satire again isn't it.. I struggle a bit with satire! (See: [b:The Circle|18302455|The Circle|Dave Eggers|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1376419833s/18302455.jpg|25791820]).

It starts of really well and the world building is interesting (and creepy) but then it really does lose it a bit about half way through once John Savage enters the picture. I know it was 1932 and it's satire, but the whole "savage" thing did make me somewhat uncomfortable... and I doubt that is in the way it was intended. Plus, John is just too much (I know, satire!) but that guy is so bloody dramatic it was impossible to care about his point of view (which the reader I assume should be on the side of) because he is just so insufferable.

The same could also be said for Bernard. But again.. satire, I guess.

I also had a hard some with the writing style. In places it was all over the place and we jumped between characters and places without warning. I get it is meant to be transitions (almost movie like) but it wasn't disorientating in a positive way.

Characters I didn't like aside, I do recommend reading this book because it has a lot of interesting ideas and fun almost "retro-future" stuff (the fashion and the names of things!). I feel kind of bad that Huxley's predictions about the erosion of family values and rise of consumerism, promiscuity and culture of instant gratification is still on a fast rise in 2018.

Also, has anybody ever made a scent-organ... because that sounds like an amazing idea to me! ( )
  ImagineAlice | May 8, 2023 |
I took a bit to get into the content, it’s was very strange and prescriptive. Once the story moved into the character development phase it was easier to connects a great book, so many parallels with what goes on today. Recommended for anyone interested in seeing what the pursuit of happiness can produce if that goal is held above all else. ( )
  lizcurl | May 7, 2023 |
What a strange future Huxley created, but definitely a thematically interesting one. I can see similarities to Veronica Roth's Divergent in the way people are conditioned to certain beliefs in order to fit a particular mold. It is also reminiscent of Delirium, a world conditioned without love or where love is treated as an illness and not an emotional response. Overall, it is not particularly excitement inducing and the writing is at times a bit heavy, however it remains an interesting social commentary. Read the rest of this review and more at Notes in the Margin. ( )
  muffinbutt1027 | Apr 26, 2023 |
This book is not for everyone, but I loved it. ( )
  EmmyCurie | Apr 2, 2023 |
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Huxley, Aldousprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Atwood, MargaretIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Binger, CharlesCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bradshaw, DavidIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brochmann, GeorgTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Harari, Yuval NoahIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Herlitschka, Herberth E.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hernández, RamónTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Heuvelmans, TonAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McAfee, MaraIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mok, MauritsTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Montagu, AshleyIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moody, PaulineTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Orras, I. H.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rosoman, LeonardIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Salemme, AttilioCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Snow, GeorgeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Southwick, RobertEditorsecondary 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.
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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