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Brave New World Revisited

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  9,517 ratings  ·  592 reviews
When the novel Brave New World first appeared in 1932, its shocking analysis of a scientific dictatorship seemed a projection into the remote future. Here, in one of the most important and fascinating books of his career, Aldous Huxley uses his tremendous knowledge of human relations to compare the modern-day world with his prophetic fantasy. He scrutinizes threats to huma ...more
Paperback, 123 pages
Published September 5th 2006 by Harper Perennial Modern Classics (first published 1958)
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Last review of the year!

I admit I expected this to be fiction... a story picking up where Brave New World left off. Shows you how much I know. Actually, this is a series of essays, in which Huxley explains why he wrote some of the things he wrote in BNW. In that sense, the book reads like an interview on one of those shows like Charlie Rose or Inside the Actor's Studio. It's a little bit self-indulgent on Huxley's part, but it's also captivating. This new volume was written in 1958 - twenty-seve
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Hans
I am pleasantly surprised. This book was a series of essays about certain social institutions that are slowly making the world more closely align with the future Huxley predicts in Brave New World. I am not sure why Huxley is trying so hard to prove that his predictions are more likely to come true than George Orwell's 1984. Here are some of the main ideas that I thoroughly enjoyed:

"That so many of the well fed young television-watchers in the world's most powerful democracy should be so complet
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Ana
I fucking hate politics.

It's only useful in a very small amount of cases and in the rest of the time it's just a big pile of bullshit that is fed to people in order to keep them at their lower level.

I don't like governments and people that run countries and I really really don't like them in countries like mine or in countries like USA. Somewhere in this world there must be a good president or a nice prime-minister but in my country, that doesn't happen and in the USA it's all just a big scam.
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Rumi
As expected from Huxley, this is a brilliant collection of essays on our society and its future. I consider it a great supplement to any anti-utopian novel, to be read when initial shock is soothed and there is more room for clear thought.

The fact that it was published in 1959 and sounds, for the most part, like the work of a modern-day social philosopher, doesn't surprise me any more. What continues to impress me is the author's ability to stay away from imposing his own leanings on his prose.
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Robert Zverina
No doubt about it, Brave New World is an important book. When I first read it in high school it was a revelation and a lot more accessible than 1984, which seemed kind of dark, dreary, and difficult at the time. Twenty years later, I find myself rereading 1984 almost annually because it does what great literature can do so well: get under one's skin in a way that is uncomfortable yet illuminating. The world Orwell creates in 1984 is somehow more consistent and believable, the characters more "re ...more
Robson Castilho
In this short book, Huxley talks about the fears of a future similar to the book "Brave New World", where there is no freedom and all human beings have no individuality.
Topics such as overpopulation, propaganda and brainwashing are treated in detail, illustrating as a "dictator of the future" could use various elements of the book "Brave New World" to keep people under control.
Beautiful food for thought about politics, social aspects and freedom. However, I found the book a bit tiring and repeti
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Aaron
Unlike the original novel, this book is actually a collection of essays exploring the topics discussed in the original book Brave New World. This book was written 25 years later, and Huxley expresses his astonishment at not only how accurate much of his speculation/prediction was, but just how quickly things had changed.

This book makes more sense to read, of course, after the novel it is based on. It's fairly light reading, and I recommend it to anyone interested in the novel or in social scien
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Alexandra Bradan
In questo saggio, che Huxley scrive postumo a "Brave new world", ma che vuol essere l'argomentazione "a priori" delle sue tesi circa il mondo artefatto e dispotico da lui costruito, ho avuto il piacere di imbattermi nella lucida e brillante personalità di un uomo colto, che riesce ad addentrarsi nei meandri della nostra società, per portarne alla luce difetti, piaghe, calamità future.
Egli suggerisce, infatti, che il nostro mondo racchiude, già nelle sue fondamenta, la malattia che ne decreterà l
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Mike
While Brave New World was a fantastic book, one may not fully appreciate the amount of detail that had gone into it before reading Brave New World Revisited, an explanation from Aldous Huxley on what each part of the original novel had meant and to what purpose each detail served. Brave New World Revisited is practically a how-to manual on running a dystopian city and distributing propaganda and enforcing the law.

The work of Huxley in Brave New World Revisited is nearly as brilliant as the fir
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Laurent
This wonderfully crafted exploration of human society and its inherent structural weaknesses boldly exhibits Huxley's remarkable knowledge and even greater intelligence, and assembles the components of his quasi-prophetic view of society's evolution to its current state.

Discussing such issues as overpopulation, over-organisation — man's failure to render his society into a functioning organism and his subsequent compromise of individuality, as well as physical and psychological freedoms — propag
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Caity
Now I'm not going to lie. I picked up this book after misreading the title, I thought it said revised not revisited. I can't say I wasn't disappointed to find out the this was not the story I'd hoped it would be but instead it was a reflection on his thoughts years later. I have to say that after I overcame my disappointment, I was pleasantly surprised by this book. His theories and arguments were definitely well researched. Also the additional years provided him with an insight into the Second ...more
Terri Jacobson
This small volume of political analysis was written by Aldous Huxley in 1958. In it, he looks at his masterful work Brave New World (written in 1931) and analyzes it in the context of World War II and the history of Adolf Hitler. In many places in the book, he also brings in the ideas from George Orwell's 1984 to analyze modern society. I found this book to be very powerful and meaningful in today's context. Our current activities of mass marketing, social media, talk radio, biased cable news sh ...more
Jake Danishevsky
If you enjoyed "Brave New World", only because it is a fiction, this book, which is psycho-analysis, if you will, of the Brave New World and our World in general, might not be for you. I personally enjoyed this one, because I didn't look at the Brave New World as strictly a fiction novel, but a warning sign, an example and explanation of scientifically induced soft tyrannical society. The world is painted in the bright lights and happiness, but at the same time lack of individual decision making ...more
Réal Laplaine
Brave New World stands alone, a class unique as far as books go. It is brutal, utterly crushing to the soul to envision humanity sinking that low - and yet, compellingly real. It is a wake up call - and Huxley is sooo right - and his vision so accurate considering today's growing surveillance society. His words, paraphrased, that you don't have to wage war against people anymore to take away their freedom - you simply have to convince them that for the sake of their own security it is better to ...more
Evelina Dimova
i was really pleasantly surprised by this book - even though i really enjoyed brave new world, i mostly picked up this book to serve as a quick airport/plane ride read. albeit i was not a big fan of its ending (as true as what huxley was saying was, it was a little too much on the cliché side for me to enjoy as an epilogue of sorts), i did find the book intriguing and easy to read.
Junior Rios
I found the book very entertaining. Although it has a slow start, the unique and startling world presented in the early chapters is entertaining, if a little science-deep. As the story develops, I agreed that while something seemed wrong with the society... it wasn't evil, but maybe genius. I liked the connection I made with John. One weakness is the level of writing, which makes this book less available to the common reader. I found that, while some passages needed to be read twice, the level o ...more
Andreea
Scris pe marginea minunatei sale distopii "Minunata lume noua", eseul lui Huxley este citit dupa aproape 60 de ani ca un comentariu de incredibila actualitate. Previziunile sale obscure si pesimiste s-au implinit cu o viteza chiar mai rapida decat se astepta el, iar individul este astazi mai constrans de fortele superioare lui mai mult ca oricand. Insa, precum concluzioneaza si Huxley,

"poate ca fortele care ne ameninta acum libertatea sunt prea puternice pentru a li se putea rezista multa vreme
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Jean-Paul
I borrowed and read this book well over a year ago maybe even two years ago... and it's been sitting on my review shelf waiting for me to say some stuff about it, I'm terrible. Anyway, the friend I borrowed it from may be moving to Seattle in the next few months so I want to get it back to her.

Ok, so first off this book is a classic of the Dystopian future genre. It's up there with 1984, Fahrenheit 451, and a bunch of others I could probably list if I wanted to look at the wiki page. It's inspir
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Allie Bradford
“Brave New World” is a very futuristic story of our world. From grooming children to be perfect to genetically altering their DNA, humans have been turned into a science experiment, and that's just the first few pages. Just like any good Dystopian novel, the world is separated into 5 different groups: Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, or Epsilon. Each of these groups are put through different experiences in order to prepare them for the life that’s been chosen for them. The government does this so ther ...more
Matt
Much happened in between the writing of Brave New World (1931) and Aldous Huxley's retrospective piece Brave New World Revisited, published in 1958. Orwell's 1984, for instance, gives Huxley an interesting foil to compare against his own work, as the reality of authoritarian regimes solidifying their rule by the threat of pain rather than with the promise of pleasure had, by that point, been corroborated by the rise of Hitler, Stalin, and more.

Huxley wouldn't have written a whole book on his ear
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Matthewd
The title Brave New World is rightly named because it would take a lot of bravery to live in a society similar to the London in Brave New World. Brave New World was written by Aldous Huxley in 1932. Aldous Huxley does a great job throughout the book of having his dystopia fit within the guidelines given by the NCTE.

Brave New World is set in a future London and is about Bernard Marx, a person who is socially awkward. This awkwardness causes people to treat Marx very differently than other peopl
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Bill Nelson
Wow, what a read. When I first started reading this, I thought that it must have been updated for today’s language. Imagine my surprise when I found that this book was written in the 1930s and other than it being translated from French to English, the content was the same (even the discussion about helicopters). I was amazed that the style was very similar to today’s writing.
This is a glimpse into the future were mankind is subservient to the government – not because of oppression, but because w
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Jim
It is intriguing to think that Brave New World Revisited was written some twenty-seven years after Brave New World, which in turn was written almost sixty years ago. With BNWR, we are solidly in the 1950s, the world of B. F. Skinner, C. Wright Mills, Vance Packard of The Hidden Persuaders, and -- not least -- the George Orwell of 1984. In fact BNWR comes across at times as an answer to Orwell and Aldous Huxley's reaffirmation that, in 1931's Brave New World, he had it right all along.

At the begi
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Jinni Pike
After reading Brave New World for the 3rd time I wanted to finally read Aldous Huxley's non-fiction reexamination of his novel. At first I thought because it was written in 1958 and seems to prophesy that by our currant era we'd be startlingly close to BNW's atmosphere that there wouldn't be a lot that was super relevant. But once I reached the chapters on Over Population and Propaganda Used in a Democratic Society it was clear I was wrong. Instead of trying to summarize Huxley's thoughts here's ...more
Victoria Lopez
The book Brave New world by Aldous Huxley was a very eye opening read to me. Brave New World is about a man named Bernard Marx who thinks that his society is not normal. He spends a lot of time thinking about the virtues of his society and discovers something life changing while he was visiting New Mexico. I like this book because it shows me an alternate world. It showed me a world where social norms there are bizarre to me. I also like this book because it comes from the perspective of multipl ...more
Samantha Valadez
does each character sound different? chapter 8-9


in some ways the characters do sound different because they are from different groups some are higher than others. john is different from others because he is considered a "savage" since his mother had a child and having a child is "dirty". Bernard is also different because he isn't like all the others he is his own person doesn't really care if he gets "punished" if he doesn't follow or do what every one is doing. so out of all the characters the
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Maggie Whitaker
Brave New World is a dystopian novel about a society where babies are generated in factories, and happiness comes from synthetic drugs, and personal feelings and passion are non existent. All of the people that live in this world are totally okay will all of this, though. The "director" of this society took a vacation with one of his lovers to an outside land and left his lover there and returned to his society. His lover then bore a child names John and John did not grow up like the children in ...more
Lauren O'Shaughnessy
Brave New World, written by Aldous Huxley is a book that takes place in the future where people live in a society where people are mass produced in a lab, and either poisoned or given less oxygen in order to create different classes of people. Starting with the very smart leaders, also known as Alphas and as the rank goes down, so does the mental and physical ability of the people, such as those, who are members of the Epsilons. The book starts out when Mr. Foster is giving a group of boys a tou ...more
Charity
It was kind of hard to give this one stars... I mean, did I like it? Is it the sort of book you can just dismiss with "I liked it/I didn't like it"? I was definitely engrossed throughout reading it...and disturbed...and puzzled. It was an unforgettable experience certainly.

I always find it really interesting to read about a future imagined by someone in the past. You can see how the culture of the 1930s was extrapolated and projected onto a distant future, with certain technologies acknowledged
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Slim Khezri
This is a terrific and fantastic book! "Brave New World" is about a government that is conditioning and drugging people to convince them they're happy. Set in dystopia London in 2540 AD, the book explores themes of com-modification, psychological manipulation, developments in reproductive technology, and the power of knowledge.

'Brave New World' is a masterpiece. Aldous Huxley has given his readers a new look into a reality that is quite possible. The book is the story of a future world where al
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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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