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Brave New World

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  1,043,825 Ratings  ·  19,127 Reviews
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, ...more
Paperback, 268 pages
Published September 1st 1998 by Harper Perennial (first published 1932)
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Paul What a bizarre question. No, of course it isn't. It's a classic, thought provoking, story that is loved by millions. It's the most boring thing ever…moreWhat a bizarre question. No, of course it isn't. It's a classic, thought provoking, story that is loved by millions. It's the most boring thing ever written. (less)
Liam Murray My copy of the book recommends "Island" (which it describes as a utopian version of "Brave New World") and "The Doors of Perception," which covers…moreMy copy of the book recommends "Island" (which it describes as a utopian version of "Brave New World") and "The Doors of Perception," which covers Huxley's experiences with mescaline.

I would've recommended "1984" and "The Giver," though it looks like you already read those.(less)

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Kemper
Aug 02, 2011 Kemper rated it really liked it
Warning! The following review contains humor. If you read it and actually think that I'm being critical of Huxley, try reading it again. (Here's a hint. Look for the irony of the italicized parts when compared to the previous statements.) If you post a comment that asserts that I'm wrong/ stupid/ crazy for this and/or try to lecture me on all the points you think I missed then I'm going to assume that you read it literally, missed the joke, didn't read the other comments where I've already answe ...more
Stephen
BabyClone v2

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
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Erin
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
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Clare
Jul 04, 2007 Clare rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Emily May
Jun 06, 2012 Emily May rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, classics, dnf

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
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Madeline
Feb 07, 2010 Madeline rated it it was amazing
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
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B0nnie
May 05, 2012 B0nnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
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
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Johannes
Apr 17, 2008 Johannes rated it it was ok
Shelves: literature
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
Dan Schwent
Dec 20, 2016 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, 2016-books
In a dystopian society of genetically engineered consumers pacified by drugs and conditioning, Bernard Marx cannot seem to fit in. When he visits a Savage reservation, his eyes are opened and he brings one of the savages back to England with him...

As I continue my bleak science fiction parade toward the new year, I wonder why I've never read Brave New World before.

In Brave New World, Aldous Huxley takes on consumerism, the media, genetic engineering, recreational drugs, religion, herd mentality,
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Huda Yahya
I am I, and I wish I weren't.


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

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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
ن
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Lyn
Nov 13, 2011 Lyn rated it it was amazing
One of my all time favorites, this set the stage about what a dystopian story should be or not be.

“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
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Nataliya
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
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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
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Valerie
Jun 29, 2008 Valerie rated it really liked it
Recommended to Valerie by: Dad
Shelves: cypresslibrary
This book is frightening. I'll take it to my classroom and subject the innocents to it.
Markus
Sometimes a book just isn’t what you want it to be.

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
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Ahmad Sharabiani
649. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
دنیای قشنگ نو (دنیای شگفت انگیز نو) - آلدوس هاکسلی (پیام ، نیلوفر) ادبیات
عنوان: دنیای قشنگ نو؛ نویسنده: آلدوس هاکسلی؛ مترجم: سعید حمیدیان؛ تهران، پیام، 1352؛ در 268 ص؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، نشر واژه، 1368، در 267 ص؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، نیلوفر، 1378، در 295 ص؛ شابک: 9644480686؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان انگلیسی قرن 20 م
عنوان: دنیای شگفت انگیز نو؛ نویسنده: آلدوس هاکسلی؛ مترجم: حشمت الله صباغی؛ حسن کاویار؛ تهران، کارگاه هنر، 1366؛ در 281 ص؛
عنوان: دنیای شگفت انگیز نو؛ نو
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Lit Bug
Oct 31, 2012 Lit Bug rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf
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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.
Jo Woolfardis
O, wonder!
How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,
That has such people in't!

Miranda, The Temptest, William Shakespeare

Read as part of The Infinite Variety Reading Challenge, based on the BBC's Big Read Poll of 2003.

My reading of this book has been an adventure in itself, not just in a metaphorical sense but in an incredibly boring physical adventure. I began it in September, but then I was marvellously interrupted by the 2016 Rio Olympics and that p
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Manny
Dec 11, 2008 Manny rated it really liked it
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
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MJ Nicholls
Dec 24, 2014 MJ Nicholls rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kyle
Jan 17, 2013 Kyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jonathan

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
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Samadrita
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.

Jadranka

"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
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Anna
Nov 23, 2013 Anna rated it it was amazing
Θαυμαστός καινούριος κόσμος... ή μήπως όχι;

Σε έναν κόσμο όπου οι παραδοσιακές αξίες έχουν καταρρεύσει και οι άνθρωποι ενδιαφέρονται μόνο για τα υλικά αγαθά και την καλοπέρασή τους, ένας "άγριος" γίνεται πειραματόζωο και αντικείμενο λατρείας από κάποιους ή δυσειδαιμονίας από άλλους.

Σοκαριστικές περιγραφές μιας φουτουριστικής κοινωνίας που βρίσκεται πιο κοντά μας από όσο ίσως θα θέλαμε να παραδεχτούμε! (βέβαια εκεί οι άνθρωποι έχουν δουλειά και δεν παλεύουν με την ανεργία ή τη φτώχεια)
Hertzan Chimera
May 06, 2008 Hertzan Chimera rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: consumerists - wake up from your comfortable slumber
Recommended to Hertzan 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, Mortgage 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, i
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Jon(athan) Nakapalau
Feb 04, 2017 Jon(athan) Nakapalau rated it it was amazing
This book covered so many social issues I don't know where to start. But the heart of the book is simple: will we control technology or will technology control us?
di
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
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Ahmad  Ebaid
Jan 01, 2015 Ahmad Ebaid rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"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

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عالم لم
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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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