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Brave New World Revisited

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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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MoviesForYourBrain The only possible explanation that I could up with is that it hearkens back to "Brave New World", but even that is a stretch, since it`s a collection…moreThe only possible explanation that I could up with is that it hearkens back to "Brave New World", but even that is a stretch, since it`s a collection of essays. The best explanation I could give would be maybe "ignorance"?(less)
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Sep 19, 2013 11 rated it really liked it
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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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Sidharth Vardhan
Jan 04, 2016 Sidharth Vardhan rated it it was amazing
Compared to 1984, Brave New World is almost light - there are no torture scenes, everyone seems so happy and so on. One might even call it an Utopia. A utopia is where everyone is happy, right? The thing is that this happiness comes at price of freedom.

“Free as a bird,” we say, and envy the winged creatures for their power of unrestricted movement in all the three dimensions. But, alas, we forget the dodo. Any bird that has learned how to grub up a good living without being compelled to use it
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K.M. Weiland
Jan 09, 2016 K.M. Weiland rated it really liked it
I picked up Huxley’s classic dystopian utopia Brave New World as part of my ongoing pursuit of the classics. His analytical non-fiction follow-up (some thirty years after the novel) was included in the back of the paperback version I was reading, and it immediately piqued my interest, in some ways even more than the novel. Although I ultimately disagree with much of Huxley’s worldview, this collection of essays–which analyzes the possibility and probability of the events in the novel–is fascinat ...more
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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Stela
Sep 01, 2015 Stela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Quis custodiet custodes?


Mankind has always dreamed of the perfect society, just as it has always feared the oppressive one. From this dream has been born the fantasy of Utopia and from this fear the nightmare of Dystopia.

But is Utopia truly the antithesis of Dystopia, and is it really an egalitarian society possible? From Thomas More to Karl Marx and H. G. Wells and many others, this perfect society generally abides by some rigid, unimaginative and sometimes implausible rules, the main one bei
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Rumi
Jan 07, 2011 Rumi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 02, 2012 Robert Zverina rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 10, 2016 Robson Castilho rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
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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Réal Laplaine
Oct 06, 2014 Réal Laplaine rated it really liked it
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
Aaron
Dec 15, 2008 Aaron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Mike
Jan 05, 2016 Mike rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-owned
Despite some melodramatic fears of over-population and moments of borderline technophobia, Huxley presents a thoughtful critique of his most famous work as it applied to a mid-20th-century dealing with the fallout of WWII, the ruins of fascism, the post-war financial boom, the rise of mass media, and the Cold War fears of the atomic age. His strongest points are how mass media (and, potentially, governments) utilize both desire and distraction to control the thoughts and actions of vast numbers ...more
Alexandra Bradan
May 26, 2015 Alexandra Bradan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essay
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
Jan 10, 2014 Mike rated it really liked it
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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Hestia Istiviani
I read in English but this review is written in Indonesia

Buku ini menjadi 12 bab yang mana masing-masing berfokus pada satu masalah yang dibahas dalam Brave New World, seperti: Overpopulation, Propaganda under a Dictatorship, Brainwashing, dan yang lainnya. Huxley bahkan tidak segan untuk mencomot dari contoh nyata misalanya tentang kediktotarian Hitler pada masa Perang Dunia II dan kemudian membahasnya dalam konteks Brave New World.

Untuk ulasan lengkapnya, sila mampir ke Shiori-ko
Laurent
Apr 04, 2015 Laurent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 14, 2015 Caity rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
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
Mar 24, 2014 Terri Jacobson rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 18, 2015 Jake Danishevsky rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-politics, own
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
Élefill
Jul 29, 2015 Élefill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mas que una novela, en este libro vemos como Huxley reflexiona, profundiza y compara las similitudes de su "mundo feliz" con la sociedad actual y como esta en algunos aspectos va pareciendose a el mundo ficticio que el creo. Una novela que creo imprescindible para aquellos que quieran conocer mas los pensamientos del autor
Evelina Dimova
Sep 06, 2014 Evelina Dimova rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 22, 2013 Junior Rios rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 11, 2015 Andreea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Sarah Eagle
Dec 10, 2015 Sarah Eagle rated it liked it
I read Brave New World once in high school, and again in college. I really enjoyed it, and I did so much more than 1984. When I finally picked this up a few days ago at the library discard bin, I was excited to read it.
Huxley is a liberal, make no mistake. He's a humanitarian, he's an advocate for women's rights (as much as a straight dude can be in the 40s and 50s) and of technological advancement for good.
However, he started the book off about the ethical implications of stimulating population
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Marc
Sep 11, 2015 Marc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: futurology
This was published soon after Huxley died in 1963. It reads like his private musings about the state of the world at the time. At that point he was an elder author and luminary. It is an interesting read. He frequently makes reference to 1984 by Orwell since they were often compared. His comments in "...Revisited" are even more prescient than the original.

Chapters (worth reading):
Overpopulation-"I feel a good deal less optimistic... The prophecies made in 1931 are coming true much sooner than I
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Jean-Paul
Apr 10, 2015 Jean-Paul rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 12, 2015 Matt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 08, 2015 Matthewd rated it really liked it
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
Mar 01, 2015 Bill Nelson rated it really liked it
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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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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