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Brave New World/Brave New World Revisited

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"Mr Huxley is eloquent in his declaration of an artist's faith in man, & it is his eloquence, bitter in attack, noble in defense, that, when one has closed the book, one remembers."--Saturday Review of Literature
"A Fantastic racy narrative, full of much excellent satire & literary horseplay."--Forum
"It is as sparkling, provocative, as brilliant, in the appropriat...more
Paperback, 340 pages
Published July 5th 2005 by Harper Perennial Modern Classics (first published 1958)
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K.D. Absolutely
Apr 20, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
Prophetic.

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...more
Tancredi
"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...more
Larry
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...more
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?
La...more
John Mlinar
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...more
Jay
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
Seth
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...more
Ashley
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...more
Tanabrus
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...more
Agathangelos
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
Briar Rose
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
Benjamin B.
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
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 t...more
Kane Bergstrom
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
Erik Graff
Jun 25, 2014 Erik Graff rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Mohamed Jemy
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Gwen Burrow
Didn't like this one as much as 1984. Neither characters nor social commentary hit me nearly as hard.
Eustachio
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...more
Chance Lee
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...more
Nancy
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Alfredo Urrea


Brave new world by Aldous Huxley explores the possibilities of having a sociality that
dumbs down its people just so the “Alpha” can stay on top. This storyline depicts the
life of citizens that stay high on pill and drink to wash their problem away. “Bernard
swallowed four tablets of soma at a gulp..”(92) The story gives you an inside to an
utopia but as the story unfolds you discover that its far from that it’s what you call
a Dystopia. In a dystopian society, everything is bad, and it’s generally...more
Lian Ammerman
I can't even imagine how a book written in the 1930's contains this much futuristic content! Thousands of identical babies being born from one egg and social statuses being predetermined before "decanting" is something that we read about from our current novels, not something we would expect from an author born in the late 1800's. To me, this was a Dystopian novel done right. It didn't become cheesy or super cliche the way I feel some of the more current Dystopian novels do.

In total, this book...more
Julien Tunney
Jan 17, 2008 Julien Tunney rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who are into 1984 type books
Recommended to Julien by: my father
"For the love of Ford!"
Does something sound wrong in this quote? Not if you live in the world of "Brave New World". In this novel we find ourselves plunged into a society of extreme capitalism, where their God (Ford) is dominant. This society takes place in the year 256 A.F. meaning: 256 After Ford. In this world, the Ford Corporation owns everything as people are brainwashed into believing everything the company says or does. In this society family does not exist, the concept of mother and fath...more
Kevin Michael
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
Elijah Porter
Jan 02, 2013 Elijah Porter rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Elijah by: Mrs.Rice
A classic in questioning moral opinions, this book is sometimes hard to follow but well worth everything it offers. The "Brave New World Revisited" only compliments this already theme-filled book. The "Brave New World Revisited" is good for students of all ages. It points out many themes and underlying tones that may not have been as obvious as things like religion or politics. One thing I would have appreciated is a small vocabulary list. Huxley seems to love using his vast vocabulary to confus...more
Tzippy
Kind of the polar opposite of 1984. The society in Brave New World was much more intriguing than the society in 1984, and the fact that (view spoiler) made the idea of this type of society being sustainable seem a lot more realistic.

As opposed to 1984, I found the book's treatment of women to be very problematic. (view spoiler)...more
Bryan
Along with 1984, Brave New World is probably the most important and influential piece of futurism ever published, and a classic under any rubric. Brave New World Revisited, however, is really pretty unnecessary and undercuts the original novel, if you let it. Revisited is a series of non-fiction essays written 27 years later that read like a paranoid, after-midnight AM-radio rant, in which Huxley attempts to predict how the present day will turn literally into the brave new world. Brave New Worl...more
Rick
Brave New World was a huge disappointment to me. 1984 is my favorite book by far, and so I had high hopes for this "competitor." The problem is not in the content, but in the delivery. It is very dry, and comes across less as a novel and more as a commentary. While reading I could practically see the author's thought process in putting pen to paper, which completely put to a halt any willing suspicion of disbelief.

There are elements of BNW which I suspect are certainly on their way, but I don't...more
Chris Stevens
Just finished. I had read BNW several years ago but had not seen the BNW Revisited before. Revisited is pretty amazing. Huxley's observations of society in the 1950s, and predictions for the future, are striking. The chapter on Over-Organization is particularly amazing in light of our current culture. One can only imagine what he would think of Wal-Mart and TBTF banks.
Lupurk
Bellissimo, soprattutto considerando il fatto che è stato scritto negli anni '30! E' di un'attualità e di una modernità che fanno quasi paura! L'unica pecca è la traduzione, un po' datata e in alcuni momenti imprecisa, forse sarebbe il caso di una rinfrescata, ma per il resto consigliatissimo, nel filone di "1984" e "Fahrenheit 451"!
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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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