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Huxley’s classic is bookended by the original introduction by Margaret Atwood and his fascinating non-fiction work, written in 1958, in which he compares the modern-day world with the dystopian fantasy he envisioned in Brave New World.

Nearly thirty years after the publication of Brave New World, Huxley checked the progress of his prophecies against reality in Brave New Wor
Paperback, 432 pages
Published August 28th 2007 by Vintage Canada (first published 1932)
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Christopher (Donut BRAVE NEW WORLD is an amazing SF novel, a deft satire of the tendencies of modern civilization.

BNWR is a humdrum collection of boring essays, which…more
BRAVE NEW WORLD is an amazing SF novel, a deft satire of the tendencies of modern civilization.

BNWR is a humdrum collection of boring essays, which prove almost beyond a doubt that Huxley had no idea of the greatness he had envisioned. For instance, he acts as though the most salient issues addressed in the novel were overpopulation and mind control via propaganda, whereas he has nothing to say about, e.g., diminishing emotion through easy sexual gratification (everyone belongs to everyone else), the possibility of poetry and philosophy among elites at "the end of history," etc.

In short, the contrast between the greatness of the one, and the mediocrity of the other could not be starker.(less)
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K.D. Absolutely
Jul 18, 2009 K.D. Absolutely rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 501 Must Read Books, 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2010)
Shelves: 1001-core, 501, sci-fi

Well, Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) tried to predict what would happen probably during our time now up to the 26th century or 632 A.F. (Anno Ford with Year 0 being 1908 when Model T was introduced). He wrote this novel, Brave New World in 1931 and first published in 1932. Fifteen years after, in 1949 George Orwell did a similar thing when he published his social science fiction, 1984. Both Huxley and Orwell were like Nostradamus but without the dreams or visions. Huxley came from the famo
Dec 11, 2010 Larry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I somehow managed to live to age 60 before reading a book most people read in high school. The title is so etched in our culture, I had little curiosity - and now I've discovered just how brilliant this 1932 novel is.

While the specifics of Huxley's Brave New World may not yet be here, or not in the form he envisioned, the picture he paints is frightening. As he says in the introduction: "There is, of course, no reason why the new totalitarianisms should resemble the old...A really efficient tot
“The nature of psychological compulsion is such that those who act under constraint remain under the impression that they are acting on their own initiative. The victim of mind-manipulation does not know that he is a victim. To him the walls of his prison are invisible, and he believes himself to be free. That he is not free is apparent only to other people. His servitude is strictly objective.”

While its illustrious counterpart, Orwell’s 1984, has entered our cultural lexicon in more significant
Apr 21, 2011 T4ncr3d1 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Avete mangiato qualcosa che v'ha fatto male?" indagò Bernardo.
Il Selvaggio fece cenno di sì. "Ho mangiato la civiltà."

Non so perché abbia aspettato così tanto a leggere questo testo. E dire che è praticamente universalmente considerato il terzo legittimo membro di quel trittico distopico che include 1984 e Fahrenheit 451.
Il mondo nuovo è esattamente il rovescio del capolavoro orwelliano, come rivendicato dallo stesso autore: lì il controllo forzato attraverso un sistema di punizioni, qui un con
Simona Bartolotta
«How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world that has such people in't!»
-W. Shakespeare, 'La tempesta'

Nel mondo nuovo ogni singola persona è felice. Ogni singola persona è bella, intelligente, benestante. Be', per essere sinceri circa una metà della popolazione è stata sottoposta ad un arresto della crescita quand'era ancora allo stato embrionale o giù di lì, e adesso è qualcosa come una razza subumana sottomessa agli individui normali. Però fa niente, sono felici anche loro, e sapete perché?
John Mlinar
May 25, 2009 John Mlinar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crem-de-la-crem
What I like most about Brave New World is that it centers on the disease of human passivity as it's controlled by the higher-ups in society. With 1984 there is the possibility for consciousness of the inherent evil of the subversive intolerance of the government, and therefore the possibility for revolution. If only the people would realize their situation! If only the proles could unite against totalitarian tyranny!

With Huxley's fable, however, this consciousness is completely undermined throu
Carol Smith
Brave New World

A difficult book to rate. I thoroughly hated the journey. Random thoughts that popped into my head along the way included:

- I’d like to go to Iceland. Right now.
- I could really use a soma tablet.
- Dystopia is so not my cup of tea

The ideas communicated are both profound and profoundly disturbing, but the vehicle used to communicate them to the reader is simply excruciating. Lame, shallow characterizations along with a simplistic and simply boring plot = a lethal combination. In
May 04, 2014 Giovanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Terrificante. Terrificante perché vicino. Perché dà da pensare. Perché la realtà de Il mondo nuovo è molto più simile alla nostra di quanto avrei mai pensato. 1984 fa paura, perché per chi lo legge ora parla di un passato più recente di quanto non ci piaccia pensare, ma Il mondo nuovo può farci paura perché parla di un presente. E lo stesso Huxley ci fa notare che al tempo della sua stesura Il mondo nuovo sembrava un futuro remoto, poco probabile mentre 1984 era la certezza.

E invece eccoci q
This one just didn't live up to the hype I had built up about it. I feel bad giving it 3 stars but I just didn't enjoy it that much. I'm sure I should have read it long ago.
I needed something to read on the plane from San Antonio so I picked this book up at an airport bookstore. It was a good choice because I have been interested in dystopian literature for some time.

I found Brave New World both prescient and engaging. I thought Huxley did a good job not only describing his view of the future, but also supplying a decent plot and good character development. The interplay between the rebellious intellectual Bernard Marx, the beautiful and shallow, fully acclimated
Jan 02, 2013 Roberto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Reclamiamo il diritto di essere infelici

Chi si interessa di ingegneria ed automazione sa che di fronte ad un determinato problema il progettista ha l'abitudine mentale di analizzarlo, individuarne i dati e le variabili in gioco, fissare gli obiettivi e quindi procedere alla progettazione del sistema per ridimensionarlo, con metodo. Senza tenere conto di fattori etici o legati alla morale.

E se tentassimo di risolvere i problemi del mondo attuale con la stessa logica, funzionerebbe?

Obiettivo: eli
Yes, I read this a long time ago. No, I didn't remember anything.

I came to the book thinking it was a mirror image of 1984, with the political violence and control. But Huxley is much more subtle, and ironic. The control evident in THIS Brave New World has been willingly given over...relationships, emotions, drive, ambition. Individualism...none of this matters, and no one cares.

I had forgotten the tongue-in-cheek humor in the observations...until John Savage appears. Then the tone shifts and t
Briar Rose
Feb 01, 2011 Briar Rose rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, dystopia
There are so many layers to Brave New World. One aspect that is often overlooked is its exploration of what it means to be human, and how far humanity can be stretched and altered before basic humanness disappears. I think this is why the book still resonates today -- even though the methods have changed, we are still using technology to play with the idea of humanness, whether it be computers, genetic engineering or something else. The book raises questions about the interplay of science and te ...more
Kane Bergstrom
May 14, 2013 Kane Bergstrom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tonight, I finished "Brave New World", a book published in 1932, by Aldous Huxley. Ironically I was wearing work boots and pants, and on the clock for a fortune five hundred company. A pawn, an epsilon if you may, in this world run on time, money, and class. His visions have come true in a sense, but just the fact that we can read such things proves different. But, it does give proof that maybe his new society had it right. If I had never read this book, or any book, or any free form of entertai ...more
Apr 27, 2011 Alessandro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cos'è la libertà umana che qui si perde assieme all'individualità?
Meglio è viver al proprio posto, in un mondo nuovo, secondo le proprie capacità individuali prestabilite al concepimento in provetta; in una civiltà calcolata che come una macchina ben oliata gira e rigira nell'ignoranza e accettazione individuale e nella perfetta organizzazione collettiva; oppure invece esser selvaggi e saper leggere e citare Shakespeare e provare emozioni disgustose e arretrate?
Cos'è meglio e cosa inquieta di pi
Atilio Frasson
Tres estrellas para "Un mundo feliz" y cuatro para "Nueva visita a un mundo feliz"
Jan 25, 2015 Krista rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, 2015
O wonder!
How many godly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,
That has such people in't.
—William Shakespeare, The Tempest

This was a reread for me (why did everyone who saw me with this book say, "Haven't you read that before?") and I suppose since everyone has read it, everyone knows the basic premise of Brave New World: About 600 years from now, after a devastating Nine Years War full of terror and anthrax bombs, a world government is put into place. Through gen
Benjamin B.
Mar 02, 2011 Benjamin B. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What would happen if you were designed in a lab? If things like hair color, height, and IQ, were determined by a Greek letter? Brave New World is a book where people are born in test tubes. They are then decided to be in the Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, or Epsilon class. Then they decide all of your characteristics, based on what class you are in. As you group up, you are taught morals through the hypnopaedic process (sleep-teaching). One of these morals is to not like being alone. But, there is ...more
May 26, 2011 Jay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an OK book. First off I enjoyed the futuristic feel of the book even though it was written back in the Thirties. The idea of humans being mass produced is pretty wild. The thing that I didn't like about it was the dryness of the book. I did not see a plot buildup nor a very "high" climax in the plot. In some sections the book is really dense and I would have to use Sparknotes on it to try and decipher its meaning. In some other cases it was a good read that I could follow. I am the type ...more
Jun 23, 2015 Wickedshizuku rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sci-fi fans, Classic fans, History Buffs
Recommended to Wickedshizuku by: 1001 Books to Read Before I Die List
A very disturbing read!
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I was very upset by this book on many levels, but was intrigued by the structure Huxley used. Every different line was a different plot following many chracters.
Oct 03, 2013 Eustachio rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: britannici, romanzi
Avete tutto il diritto di additarmi per strada urlando «SCHIAPPA!» o «Non hai capito proprio niente!», ma uno dei tanti problemi che ho avuto con Il mondo nuovo in quanto distopia nella triade dei tanto amati 1984 e Fahrenheit 451 non è solo che questi due sono molto meglio, bensì che quella di Huxley secondo me più che una distopia è un'utopia.
Ne Il mondo nuovo non c'è più il concetto di famiglia, la società è divisa in caste, le persone condizionate sin dalla nascita a essere felici nella prop
Jan 21, 2011 Agathangelos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Il romanzo, una fantasia avveniristica con un intreccio rudimentale, tenta di capire il trauma partendo dal principio del disincantamento del mondo, esasperandolo fino all'assurdo, ricavando l'idea della dignità umana dal riconoscimento della disumanità. Il motivo di partenza sembra essere la percezione della somiglianza di tutti i prodotti in serie, uomini o cose che siano. La metafora schopenahauriana dei prodotti di fabbrica della natura viene presa alla lettera. Greggi brulicanti di gemelli ...more
Joseph R.
Sep 29, 2014 Joseph R. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read_2014
Brave New World is a classic in dystopian fiction. It shows the world circa 700 AF (After Ford). The world is seemingly ruled by one central authority, which can be looked at in two ways. In one way, the central authority is the Alphas, individuals raised to be the intellectuals and social organizers who keep society running peacefully and efficiently. Part of the efficiency managing the production of all classes of people--Alphas, Betas, Gammas, etc. They are grown in special "Hatchery and Cond ...more
La storia in sé e per sé non è niente di che. Anzi, come scrittura sopratutto nei primi capitoli non mi è piaciuta per niente.
Troppo caotica e confusionaria.
Quando poi, finalmente, comincia a comparire un minimo di trama le cose migliorano, ma mai oltre un certo livello.

No, a livello di storia non mi è piaciuto.

In compenso ci sono le idee che stanno dietro al libro. Idee partorite negli anni trenta, e sulle quali Huxley ha tirato un bel fermino una ventina di anni dopo, quando ha tirato fuori Ri
Mar 17, 2009 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I ran across a website that had some free books hosted online (legally) when I was bored, and saw Brave New World, so I decided to give it a try.

I read about half of it on my computer and then decided that it was absolutely worth going out and buying it.

There were some times where I found myself mixing up some of the characters- but I think a lot of that comes from starting it at 3am. I didn't find that it detracted from the story though, because the plot was straightforward enough that you cou
Kevin Michael
Jul 15, 2010 Kevin Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What surprised me the most about Huxley's book was the fact that it was written in 1932. Some of the imagery of the book's dystopian future were shocking to me, so I can only imagine what the readers of 80 years ago must have thought. It reads much more like a piece of science fiction from the '60s than something from the Depression era. I was also surprised to learn (after getting about half-way through the book) that it is widely considered a very right-wing piece of fiction. I can see where t ...more
Chance Lee
Jul 04, 2013 Chance Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shmoop
This is another difficult book to review, because it's more of a historical document than a novel. Plus, it's hard not to compare it to 1984, which I just read.

I'll say this: I like this book more than 1984. 1984 is as subtle as a sledgehammer to the face. While Brave New World does its share of preaching, its vision of the world is much less horrific. On the surface, it seems like a great place to live. Sure, there are horrible caste systems, but it's not like they *know* there are horrible cas
Erik Graff
Apr 06, 2008 Erik Graff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
I read both of these books, one after the other, under separate covers either at the end of junior high or at the beginning of high school, then went on to pick up other cheap paperbacks of Huxley's writings none of which I could relate to much until encountering Doors of Perception in college. Years later I found this combined, hardcover edition and gave away the old paperbacks.

Brave New World is so much commented upon that I can think of little to add except to note that it, particularly the s
Alessandra De Luca
Huxley, questo scienziato-scrittore, ci porta a Mondo Nuovo, grande padre dei distopici dove le nascite sono controllate e generate in provette, ma qualcosa cambia quando un "indigeno" entra in contatto con la nuova popolazione.

In "Ritorno a Mondo Nuovo" troviamo un gran saggio frutto di un'analisi post seconda guerra mondiale.

Letto nel 2016 Huxley è ancora più attuale, ancora più reale.
Gwen Burrow
Jun 05, 2010 Gwen Burrow rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Didn't like this one as much as 1984. Neither characters nor social commentary hit me nearly as hard.
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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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