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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
Paperback, 336 pages
Published July 7th 1960 by Perennial Library/Harper & Row (first published 1932)
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John Kitcher It includes an additional set of chapters looking at how the world is (at the time of writing) compared to how the author saw the world then (when the…moreIt includes an additional set of chapters looking at how the world is (at the time of writing) compared to how the author saw the world then (when the book was written). From Amazon:
"Following Brave New World is the nonfiction work Brave New World Revisited, first published in 1958. It is a fascinating work in which Huxley uses his tremendous knowledge of human relations to compare the modern-day world with the prophetic fantasy envisioned in Brave New World, including threats to humanity, such as overpopulation, propaganda, and chemical persuasion."(less)

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K.D. Absolutely
Apr 20, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 11, 2010 Larry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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?
Nov 13, 2014 T4ncr3d1 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
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.
John Mlinar
May 29, 2009 John Mlinar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crem-de-la-crem
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
Nov 10, 2014 Giovanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
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
Apr 04, 2014 Briar Rose rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, dystopia
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
Jun 04, 2013 Kane Bergstrom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Atilio Frasson
Tres estrellas para "Un mundo feliz" y cuatro para "Nueva visita a un mundo feliz"
Jan 12, 2015 Alessandro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 27, 2015 Krista rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, 2015
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
Benjamin B.
Mar 20, 2011 Benjamin B. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 26, 2011 Jay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 29, 2014 Joseph R. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read_2014
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
Oct 17, 2013 Eustachio rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: britannici, romanzi
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
Mar 17, 2009 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 21, 2011 Agathangelos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 13, 2010 Kevin Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Joseph Fountain
3 1/2 stars

...that’s another item in the cost of stability. It isn’t only art that’s incompatible with happiness; it’s also science. Science is dangerous; we have to keep it most carefully chained and muzzled.

This review is for Brave New World only

Brave New World is a dystopian novel set in 632 AF (after Ford), a new epoch of human civilization. Most of the world is governed by a single world state, though there are also ungoverned, tightly restricted, savage reservations. In the civilized world
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
R A Lynch
May 15, 2016 R A Lynch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The prophesy and warning of Huxley's Brave New World has not been heeded. We are, as humans seeking more and more to achieve the kind of standardisation of Ford's Model T assembly line. We constantly measure ourselves against each other. We measure our children from their birth, whether in terms of weight or more superficially by looks. We measure their height and what they do and when, according to milestones they must achieve, and follow that with standardized education such as the national cu ...more
Nick Cameron
Feb 11, 2016 Nick Cameron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The world of sheep blindly conforming to the guidelines set in place by world leaders rings truer than I would like to admit! I always love when a futuristic novel describes pretty accurately future events, and this Huxley gem written 80+ years ago is halfway to fruition.

My favorite quote from this:

"Just to give you a general idea," he would explain to them. For of course some sort of general idea they must have, if they were to do their work intelligently—though as little of one, if they were
Ryan Linkous
Jun 22, 2015 Ryan Linkous rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 31, 2014 Gwen Burrow rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Didn't like this one as much as 1984. Neither characters nor social commentary hit me nearly as hard.
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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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