Brave New World
Abandoning his mordant criticism of modern men and morals, the author switches to the future and shows us life as he conceives it may be some hundreds of years hence. Written in the thirties when - whatever the immediate outlook may have been - people ...more
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I would've recommended "1984" and "The Giver," though it looks like you already read those.(less)
I need to parse my rating of this book into the good (or great), the bad and the very fugly because I thought aspects of it were inspired genius and parts of it were dreggy, boring and living near the border of awful. In the end, the wowness and importance of the novel's ideas as well as the segments that I thoroughly enjoyed carried the book to a strong 3.5 star rating.
THE REALLY GOOD/EXCELLENT - I loved the first third of the book in which the basic outline of the "Brave New World" and its d ...more
not that i minded. everybody got a book list. then everybody got split up ...more
Mr Foster duly told them....more
Told them of the growing embryo on its bed of peritoneum. Made them taste the rich blood-surrogate on which it fed. Explained why it had to be stimulated with placentin and thyroxin. Told them of the corpus luteum extract. Showed them the jets through which at every twelfth metre from zero to 2040 it was automatically injected. Spoke of those gradually increasing doses of pituitary administered during the final ninety-six metres of their course. Described the artificial
Brave New World is a vision of the future where science will (at last) be put full time into the service of our needs. Some of the ideas might seem a little controversial (because of our preconceived ideas) but we must be open minded...!
SEX. Biology teaches that sex is meant to be had. To put restrictions on sex is as silly as putting restrictions on which chair to sit. And like chairs, women are meant to be pneumatic. "Oh, she’s a splendid girl. Wonderfully pneumatic. I’m surprised you have ...more
I think I liked this one better than 1984, the book traditionally considered to be this one's counterpart. Not really sure why this is, but it's probably because this one has a clearer outsider character (the Savage) who ca ...more
إن كان راي برادبوري في روايته الأشهر
قد اخترع عالما تُحرق فيه الكتب
فهسكلي قبله بسنوات طويلة
توصل إلى فكرة أشد شناعة
ففي عالمه الناس لا تُمنع من القراءة
فهم أصلا لا يرغبوا فيها
ولا يعرفوا لها قيمة أو معنى
تخيل نفسك تعيش هنا في هذا العالم
عالم السعادة الزائفة .. سعادة العقاقير
عالم يبتسم فيه الجميع
عالم ألمه مخدر وعقله مغيب
عالم بلا مشاعر أو علاقات إنسانية
عالم يقوم على التقسيم الطبقي البحث
عالم خال من العاطفة والجمال
تصور أننا صرنا أجنة مرصوصين في القوارير
The characters of this book were not meant to be likeable - I am fine with that concept. The first few chapters made me want to curl up in the corner and cry - that's how repulsive the design of this universe was (mission accomplished, Mr. Huxley). But as we plunge int ...more
“But I don't want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin.”
First published in 1932, this is timeless and is as relevant today as when it was first written. Sixteen years before Orwell's 1984 but eleven years after We by Yevgeny Zamyatin, this is a high water mark for the genre, many of its themes could be told today. Truth be said, this co ...more
Summary: In a nutshell this book is a mess. I am assuming that the majority of individuals that rate this book high on a novel list or 5 star it on here on amazon do ...more
There is little doubt that Brave New World is a genre classic, heavily contributing to defining the dystopian genre. There is just as little doubt that Aldous Huxley was an important influence on some of the writers I respect the most, among them George Orwell and Steven Runciman, both of whom were Huxley’s students at the University of Cambridge.
Unfortunately, I found nothing to appreciate about it.
Maybe my general distaste for dystopia hit me ...more
I have now concluded another of the grand pantheon of the classics of the dystopian genre. It is no mere clone of the other works, although incidentally it does feature cloning within its story. I would place this on the same level as 1984 in terms of the ideas conveyed within. However I would also say that it completely stands alone as its own creation. It perhaps has less solidity and depth and the words are less lyrical and poetic than Orwell's. That said I was blown away at several key momen ...more
The proof? Apart from the caste system, which has been rendered unnecessary by computers, this is the world we're busily trying to create for ourselves, and which almost everyone would actually ...more
Tal vez será porque la sociedad que muestra Huxley en este libro no es tan opresiva y violenta como la de 1984 ni tan persecutoria como la de Fahrenheit. De todo modos, es increíble descubrir como el autor adelanta con tanta precisión los avances tecnológicos de nues ...more
There is some clunkiness to Huxley's writing and sentence structure, but that's ultimately beside the point. There are, occasionally, some feelings of dated-ness even though the book has remained relevant remarkably well (or do I mean terrifyingly well?); yet, that too is also beside the point. The real point, is that it's a damn fine hunk of literature; very pneumatic indeed, and I ca ...more
"Ali, ja želim neprijatne posledice."
"Mi ne", reče Upravljač. "Mi više volimo udobnost."
"Ali, ja ne volim. Ja hoću boga, hoću poeziju, hoću pravu opasnost, hoću slobodu, hoću dobrotu. Hoću greh."
"Vi u stvari tražite pravo", reče Mustafa Mond, "da budete nesrećni."
"Pa neka bude", prkosno reče Divljak, "tražim pravo da budem nesrećan."
"Da i ne govorimo o pravu da ostarite, poružnite i postanete impotentni; pravo da imate sifilis i rak; pravo da nemate dovoljno za jelo; pravo da imate vaške; pravo ...more
I was underwhelmed. But, strangely enough, that's why I'm giving it 3 stars. The ideas were all so familiar to me, like I've seen and read it all before, when actually this is one of a few early books that inspired all those other stories. Now Brave New World seems as unoriginal to me as Shakespeare feels cliche. So it really is a founding giant and a classic dystopia. That fact alone raises my rating from 2 to 3 stars.
There are a couple of reasons why I thought th ...more
Some of the best ideas of the world that started out with the very best of intentions have turned out to be the opposite of they had intended to be. Like communism for instance. All the promise of utopia but in the existing sphere of human constructs, it was but bound to fail. Ardent supporters of Marx regularly strove to tear down the non believers’ avowal that utopia is an impossible dream by protestations of their own saying that the dream of communism was the utopia that was imagined. Margar...more
"أنا أطالب بحقي في أن أكون غير سعيد, هذا فضلا عن الحق في أن أغدو عجوزا قبيحا, وضعيفا, الحق في المعاناة من الأمراض, الحق في أن يكون لدي القليل لآكله, الحق في أن أعيش في خوف دائم مما قد يحدث غدا, الحق في أن أقع فريسة للآلام من كل نوع, أنا أطالب بكل ذلك"
والاقتباس السابق يوضح رؤية الكاتب الذي يشعر بالاغتراب والتهديد من جراء تقدّم العلم والتكنولوجيا.
فيجسد لنا مخاوفه عبر الرواية, من خلال عالم يتطور فيه العلم ليأخذ شكل جديد من الأنظمة الشمولية, يوتوبيا علمية تمثل التهديد الأعظم لطبيعتنا البشرية
عالم لم ...more
and the book continues to be 'amazing' right through Mustapha Mond's sympathetic climactic expose and slightly beyond infamy into the wicked ending.
despair, horror, i ...more
GENIALĂ PRIN CARACTERUL EI TRAGIC! Sigur, e mult mai cunoscut romanul "O mie nouă sute optzeci şi patru", scris în 1949 de George Orwell, dar "Minunata lume nouă", scrisă în 1932, prezintă utopia negativă a viitorului, dacă nu mult mai sumbru, cel puţin mult mai realist.
Se ştie foarte bine că Huxley era un mare consumator de droguri, fapt ce a facilitat scrierea acestei cărţi (acţiune ca ...more
Although published nearly 80 years ago (1932), it presciently exposes many issues that are problematic in our time: consumerism; the nature of happiness; what it means to be civilised; cloning and other reproductive technologies; parenting, families, loyalty, promiscuity; recreational drug use; social mobility and equality of opportunity; individualism versus group loyalty; pornography; benevole ...more
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