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Brave New World

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  802,240 ratings  ·  13,616 reviews
Marking the 75th anniversary of its original publication, Vintage Canada is proud to publish the first Canadian edition ever of the 1932 classic Brave New World with an original introduction by Margaret Atwood.

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
Paperback, 229 pages
Published August 28th 2007 by Vintage Canada (first published 1932)
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I have to apologize for this review. The concept of this book was so outlandish that I think it made my mind wander, and you may find some odd random thoughts scattered in it.

Anyhow, this book was so silly and unrealistic. Like any of this could happen. In the far future the babies are genetically engineered and designed for certain stations in life with a large workforce bred to be happy with menial jobs that don’t stress them physically or mentally. I really should look into getting that data
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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
remember that last semester of english class, senior year, where every class seemed painfully long and excrutiatingly pointless? when everybody sat around secretly thinking of cute and witty things to put in other people's yearbooks? when the teachers realized we were already braindead from filling out three dozen student loan applications and college housing forms? that's when honors english started getting a little lazy.

not that i minded. everybody got a book list. then everybody got split up
As a teenager I went through a period of reading a vast number of distopian novels - probably all the teenage angst. This is the one that has continued to haunt me however, long after the my youthful cynicism has died it's death. It's basically a book about the utopian ideal - everyone's happy, everyone has what they want and EVERYTHING is based on logical principles. However, there is something very rotten at the heart. It's about how what we want isn't always what we should get. It looks at ho ...more
Steve Sckenda
The world is safe from books. The problem of happiness has been solved. Citizens of the future World State are free from war, poverty, hunger, disease, and pain. People enjoy vast amounts of leisure as they narcotize themselves with pleasures--entertainment, spectator sports, promiscuous sex, and the tranquilizer, “SOMA.” The challenge of totalitarian governance is “making people love their servitude,” but a little bit of SOMA helps the medicine go down.

The Brave New World decrees: “COMMUNITY,
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
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...!

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
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
Emily May

Mr Foster duly told them.
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 classic written to make its readers uncomfortable. It accomplishes its point well. Still, it is only getting 3 stars from me, as I rate books based on my personal level of enjoyment rather than literary value.

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
This book presents a futuristic dystopia of an unusual kind. Unlike in Orwell's 1984, Huxley's dystopia is one in which everyone is happy. However, they are happy in only the most trivial sense: they lead lives of simple pleasures, but lives without science, art, philosophy or religion. In short, lives without deeper meaning. Although people are expected to work hard and efficiently during working hours, during off hours people live in an infantile way, never engaging their minds, and satisfying ...more
Aldous Huxley wrote Brave New World in 1932. That's almost eighty years ago, but the book reads like it could have been written yesterday. (especially interesting to me was how Huxley was able to predict the future of both genetic engineering and the action blockbuster. Damn.)

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
Dale Pearl
This book is on many a top 100 reading list. Aldous Huxley has the reputation of being an intellectual giant. His heritage places him in the land of England, the place where all of the great literary giants come. A Brave New World unfortunately does not live up to the credits,pedigree or even the cult following that chases after it.

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
Lit Bug
There are two standard ways of reading ideological science-fiction – to go looking for subtle nuances that characterize standard literary fiction, stressing upon characterization and plot as an integral part of writing; and to seek ideas that interrogate our narrow notions and overlook standard literary conventions in case the work is wanting in literary finesse. Often, the one with the best ideas is not blessed with the best writing, and the ideas, rather than the execution is what is appealing ...more
Sep 17, 2008 Valerie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Valerie by: Dad
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This book is frightening. I'll take it to my classroom and subject the innocents to it.
Barry Pierce
Such a happy tale. Now I remember why I don't read dystopia all that often, it's depressing as motherfuck. I liked this novel but I do think it's the weakest out of the Big Dystopia 3 (the other two being Nineteen Eighty-Four and Fahrenheit 451). I'd recommend it on the basis of just how innovative and subversive this novel really is, along with a good plot and an interesting world. Don't read this if you're feeling shitty though, oh god.

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
Is this book really all that?

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
Mike Philbin
Aug 07, 2009 Mike Philbin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: consumerists - wake up from your comfortable slumber
Recommended to Mike by: Kailleaugh Andersson
the first five chapters of this book (seventy years after its publication) are like looking at today, Sunday the 11th of May 2008. Much more an accurate rendition of soft-Fascist consumerism (Sony, Nike, Mortagage hysteria) and mind control (9/11, the war on terror) than anything Philip K Dick tried to cook up on his bent drug spoon.

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,
So that's what I've been missing out on this whole time; I almost wish a teacher did force me to read this book.

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
There's some provocative discussion of this book in Houellebecq's Les Particules Elémentaires, which I just finished. One of the characters argues that Huxley originally intended his world as a utopia rather than a dystopia, and then changed his mind and tried to convince everyone it was meant ironically.

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
MJ Nicholls
Huxley’s satirical utopia is manifest, situated in university halls of residence, where promiscuity is rampant (who can forget the days of swapping partners between lectures, waking up to nubile posh cherubs lapping at your working-class cheeks, ruddy with decades of industrial grime and boyhood labour), and where the morning-after swig of two Nurofen (soma) eliminated any wrongdoing and regret, buoying one up for the further adventures in sex and failing grades to come in the whirligig of life? ...more
Skylar Burris
In Brave New World, first published in 1932, Huxley paints the picture of a world that is willing to surrender true joy for a bland happiness free of suffering, that is willing to abandon truth for comfort, that is willing to eschew heights in order to avoid depths, and that is quick to surrender human ambition and individual personality for the sake of societal harmony. It is a frightening presentation, precisely because it does not seem too improbable. Even in the United States, which is one o ...more
To cut a long story short, the inescapable destiny of every society is to morph into a dystopia. Alternatively, a biting satire on capitalism and consumerism.

Wow, how does such a slim volume explore so many BIG issues, whilst also telling an interesting story?

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
I must have read this a dozen times before I fully grasped the central point. It was the foreword to another book, Neil Postman's AMUSING OURSELVES TO DEATH, that finally spelled it out for me.

Huxley's radical notion is difficult to grasp, but as simple as Postman's title: it's not war or foreign oppressors or Big Brother that will get us. It's our prosperity, technology, and insatiable appetite for distractions. In other words, if nothing else corrupts the West, we will very happily Amuse Ours
Awesome book of the dystopia/utopia genre that l simply loved. I can fully understand why it is considered a masterpiece and I am surprised it is not referenced more in popular culture (seems like Orwell’s 1984 gets much more publicity today, whereas this one might be more on point in describing today’s new world order.) In looking up the listed themes on the cliff notes version of the novel, the following are referenced: the use of technology to control society; the consumer society; the incomp ...more
Whitney Atkinson
This book can get very info-dumpy and technical because it's really intricate sci-fi but overall i'm impressed and this piece is really genius. That ending is going to stick in my mind for a very long time.
In the 26th century, after a destructive war, the world lives in peace, managed by World Controllers who use the principles of assembly-line manufacture and psychology to enforce a ubiquitous, passivist, pansexual, consumerist culture. Raised from cells in a lab (the idea of mothers and fathers characterized as obscene) into castes (Alpha to Epsilon) through hypnopedia and Skinner-like conditioning through pain, people’s mental and physical growth is chosen and accordingly expanded or stunted. T ...more
A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley was both disturbing and creepy. I loved it. I was absolutely amazed at how many movies I could think of that seemed inspired by this book. And the fact it was written in 1932, well before its time! A book about cloning humans to work in different classes to create the perfect Utopia, it didn't seem that far in the future to some of the technology that is available today. Dividing the people into classes labeled Alphas, Betas, etc., the book talks about the mora ...more
In the beginning there is Henry Ford.

The Ford factory system designed vehicles that were fit for specific purposes and this starts off as a satire on applying that model to humanity. The problem then with traditional socialisation through the family and traditional education through schools is that it is haphazard. Hit and miss. As such it produces an unstable society with irregular, inconvenient needs, booms and busts, Wall Street Crashes and unemployment.

The initially unserious answer to all t
Jr Bacdayan
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley is a didactic dystopian novel published during the year 1932. This boldly prophetic novel sets out to predict the future of humanity. Now, more than 80 years later, it has proven itself as a masterpiece and will continue to through the years. This novel is a criticism to "consumerism" which Huxley rightly predicts as the motor of the future. The dystopia he created is a mirror of our own. Only that he exaggerates man's greatest need, the need to consume, which pr ...more
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Aldous Leonard Huxley was an English writer and one of the most prominent members of the famous Huxley family. He spent the latter part of his life in the United States, living in Los Angeles from 1937 until his death in 1963. Best known for his novels and wide-ranging output of essays, he also published short stories, poetry, travel writing, and film stories and scripts. Through his novels and es ...more
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