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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
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Published September 5th 2006 by Harper Perennial Modern Classics (first published 1958)
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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...more

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...more
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....more
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....more
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
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...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
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...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
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
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...more
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
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...more
This has always been one of my favorite books, and this copy was one I have kept since first reading it in high school. The main thing I love about dystopian and post-apocalyptic literature is the thread of hope and resiliency that is portrayed. A lot of people would argue that this book is very relevant to the time at hand, and in a way it is. In a way it is relevant to all times across human civilization. If you substitute factories and machinery for "other ways of life", the book becomes even...more
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...more
Ashutosh Rai
I liked this book better than BNW. It answers many questions which troubled me while reading BNW but raises some more.

The book does amazingly well while dealing with the topic of Propaganda, Brainwashing, Subconscious Persuasion (chapters 4-9). In the last few chapters, Huxley tries to give insights about why he thinks a society, where an individual thought has no meaning, is (or should not be) desired. That part makes one feel like reading more on the subject of freedom and individuality. Same...more
Absolutely brilliant!

I thought that this would be more of a study guide to the original Brave New World (eg explaining the inspiration behind the work, significance of characters etc). But lo and behold, this is so much more than that.

If the original novel is a first year college essay, this book is the PHD final paper. Yup. That's how amazing this is.

Whilst I don't fully agree with all of the ideas presented in this book (hell, I'm not even sure if I 100% understand all the ideas since there a...more
Billicarole Evans
Brave New World is a dystopian fiction, that is very interesting. This book is set in the future in a world state, where you are not born but made in a factory and raised by the government. In this book there is a caste system that takes place, and your placing in this system is known before birth. In this book, there are no relationships, there is no such thing as family, in fact it's considered dirty, and no one has the capability of love. Everyone is constantly high, so they do not know how t...more
Corey Ruiz
In the future things have changed vastly from how they are now. There is a caste system that consists of Alphas,betas,gammas,deltas,and epsilons. Alphas being the highest and epsilons being the lowest. Everybody in each status is trained the same and has the same beliefs/attitudes. Marx an Alpha is a little different from everyone else. Some people think he was conditioned incorrectly. Marx has always had a crush on this girl Lenina and he finally asks her on a date. He of course being different...more
Diego G.
Set in a utopian society in which every one is happy and relationships are non-existent, Brave New World offers a look into what makes an individual happy and sad. Bernard has a life changing experience when he meets John the Savage who opens is eyes of his seemingly perfect world. With John now in the picture, nobody knows what might change.

I really enjoyed this book because of it offered many different parallels to different aspects of human life. While reading this book, it was extremely inte...more
I'm glad I finally made it to the end. This book is yet another example of "just because I hate it doesn't mean it's bad" -- I understand and accept it's importance and find a great many of it's peculiar nuances rather brilliant (well done Huxley) but I distance myself from it out of anxiety and am still perplexed by the significance of the numbers -- if Huxley really is that brilliant, then the numbers are not chaos, it is not possible nor acceptable to believe so.
Actually I read "A Brave New World", and skipped the "...Revisited" portion which was added to the end of the book. The story was awesome! A great must-read for anyone. The revisited part was Huxley's thoughts on over-population, brain-washing, etc. as they related to the book and the changes that occurred between the publishing of the two. It also is very intersting and thought-provoking if you want to read it... I just skimmed it.
My son decided to read this but wanted someone to discuss it with so since I had never read it, I decided to give it a try. To be honest I wasn't really looking forward to it because I remembered the books from the same list I had to read in high school and how much I enjoyed them. The opening didn't reassure me much, but as I got past the things that bugged me, I found myself getting involved with the story. I can't say that I liked the characters, but it was well written enough to keep me invo...more
Jessica Ramspeck
I thought this was a super interesting book and I would recommend it to my friends because it is very thought evoking. One thing I really liked about this book was the ending because it reminded me of extreme situations I hear about and the pure essence of anarchy, and I like reading about those things. Another thing about this book that really pleased me was the word choice because it really changed my ideas about society and my overall perspective. Something I didn't like so much about this bo...more
Joe Callingham
The philosophy of over-population, over-organisation, and propaganda in totalitarian and capitalist societies will always be a debatable. Huxley does a decent job in trying to explain how scientific and technological advancements will/have influenced these topics.

Unfortunately, the short coming of the text resides in the fact Huxley did not predict the development of the internet. We are lucky, despite the NSA etc, that the internet has extended our civil liberties, rather than degraded. Howeve...more
This book is a dystopian fiction, that is a great book to read. This book is set in the future in a world state, where they are not born but made in a factory and raised by the government. In this book there is a caste system that takes place, and they place you where you belong, they use this system before birth. In this government outside the state, there are no relationships, there is no such thing as family, in fact it's considered dirty to have any of that, and no one has the capability of...more
Finally read this famous and influential text. Remarkable. I read this because it was on my book group's list. It took me several tries to get beyond the first 20 pages, and then I was so glad I kept with it. Just like you may have heard, it's still surprisingly relevant and prescient.
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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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