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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  88,070 ratings  ·  790 reviews
"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
Paperback, 340 pages
Published July 5th 2005 by Harper Perennial Modern Classics (first published 1932)
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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

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
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?
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
"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
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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Joseph R.
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
Not sure how I made it through high school and college without ever having read this book, but I don't remember it ever being assigned. I'm glad I read it, even though it wasn't exactly a pleasant reading experience. It's fascinating to see through Huxley's eyes as he is writing in the 1930's I think, and imagining what the future could hold. Babies being created in labs and jars, (long before anyone ever invented IVF or anything), lots of social conditioning starting from the time a person is b ...more
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
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
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
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
Doesn't hold up to my high school reading experience, that's for sure. Huxley's writing is even worse than I remember (and I've read enough of him to know he was never a prose specialist). Even the ideas are so extreme as to be mostly cartoonish. Wrapped in his clunky, halting, comma-heavy, purely expositional writing, with no real characters to speak of, the fact that this has become a lasting cautionary classic speaks more to the paucity of sound ideas in the early 20th century than to any rea ...more
Ryan Linkous
Fascinating book critiquing social conditioning toward consumerism than coincided with the climax of modernism. A few things beyond the typical eerily prophetic insights this book is known for: Huxley does a great job constructing a society with worldview where people do not have concepts of things we consider as normal such as marriage, family, monogamy, religion, history, and literature.

I would love to give this book to every 15-year-old to help them critically think about why history, religio
Gwen Burrow
Didn't like this one as much as 1984. Neither characters nor social commentary hit me nearly as hard.
Mohamed Jemy
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Commento all'edizione italiana (1961 - tradotto da Lorenzo Gigli e Luciano Bianciardi).

Era d'obbligo la rilettura di questo classico della distopia (normalmente associato a 1984 di Orwell e anche a Fahrenheit 451 di Bradbury - spero infatti di riuscire a rileggere entrambi quest'anno). Il mondo nuovo parla di una società del futuro (ma immaginata negli anni Trenta da Aldous Huxley) in cui un governo totalitario tiene sotto controllo le popolazione attraverso l'eugenetica, il condizionamento ment
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
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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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