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Brave New World Revisited

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  14,005 ratings  ·  843 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, Introduction by David Bradshaw, 154 pages
Published 1994 by Vintage Books (first published 1958)
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Juliana Smith 1984 by George Orwell is on my list along with We by Yevgeny Zamyatin and Utopia by Thomas Moore. Animal Farm by George Orwell is an incredible book…more1984 by George Orwell is on my list along with We by Yevgeny Zamyatin and Utopia by Thomas Moore. Animal Farm by George Orwell is an incredible book as well that I read recently.(less)
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Leonard Gaya
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a small political essay that is just as relevant today as it was at the time of its writing (1958), some twenty-five years after the publication of Huxley’s masterpiece. What the author is trying to do here is to assess the validity of his novel’s predictions, in relation to the socio-political situation of the 1950s and forward. Interestingly, Huxley also compares his own predictions with that of Orwell’s 1984.

Huxley mainly focuses on two major problems of our present time: overpop
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Michelle Bacon
Authors such as George Orwell, Margaret Atwood and Aldous Huxley scare me. How can these authors who write dystopian fiction or social commentaries 30, 40, even 50 years ago be so accurate in what is going on in today's society? This book is no exception. Huxley is basically summarizing the first book in this collection: Brave New World of which was published over 15 years before this one. Some quotes that I've extracted from this book which ring true for today are:

"If over-population should dr
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Cristina Gaspar
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
A leitura de Admirável Mundo Novo foi fabulosa, mas arrisco a dizer que a leitura do Regresso ao Admirável Mundo Novo foi ainda mais! O ADM já é um livro que nos faz pensar, se gostaríamos de viver ou se nos adaptaríamos à vida naquele mundo controlado de uma forma que parece eficiente. O RAMN faz-nos pensar e reflectir ainda mais, sobre a inspiração, o que levou à escrita da história e à situação em ambas as épocas dos livros e o que se passa nos dias de hoje. Esta distância temporal é intrigan ...more
K.M. Weiland
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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Robert Zverina
Oct 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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Chinook
Mar 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
If you can get past the first couple of chapters, where Huxley's remarks about Africans, Asiatics and the illiterate masses leaves me thinking he was a pretty big jerk, you'll proceed through some fascinating (and fairly spot on) commentary about totalitarianism and propaganda and democracy, to a final paragraph that bemoans kids these days and their lack of dedication to freedom.

So, it's overall a useful and interesting read, while being the product of its time.
Murat G.
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, favorites
Cesur Yeni Dünya'nın yazarı Huxley, büyük yankı uyandıran ütopik eserindeki tahayyül ve öngörülerinin ne oranda gerçekleşmekte olduğu üzerine bir güncelleme yayımlamış denilebilir.

Yazar, Orwell'ın ütopyası 1984 ile kendi ütopyasını da kıyaslıyor. Fazlaca özet olacak ama; baskıcı rejimlere zorla boyun eğen 1984 dünyasının insanlarının aksine, Cesur Yeni Dünyanın insanları karınları doyduğu ve acı çekmedikleri sürece (ya da acı çekmemek üzere) gönüllü olarak özgürlüklerinden feragat edebiliyorlar
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Stela
Aug 18, 2015 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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Débora Viegas
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,5*
Evelyn Woagh
Jun 10, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
This book reminds me of the suggestion to not get to know one's heros. He isn't my hero, but his writings here are reminiscent of the kind of surprisingly reactionary viewpoints not expected of someone who seemed lucidly critical of dystopic possibilities. BNW seemed to imply a certain criticism of permissive dogma, had an opposition to eugenics, and analysis of insidious and subtle positive reinforcement in authoritarian societies. But in reading this, he focuses multiple times on scare-mongeri ...more
Rumi
Sep 03, 2010 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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Beatriz Canas Mendes

Já andava para ler este livro há quatro anos, desde que li a "obra-mãe", o Admirável Mundo Novo. Finalmente, perdi as desculpas pelo caminho e investi alguns dias a ler o Regresso ao Admirável Mundo Novo, do escritor inglês Aldous Huxley.



Desde as primeiras páginas que li escritas por Aldous Huxley que soube que esta distopia seria um dos meus livros favoritos por muito tempo - ainda é! Por isso, já sabia que Huxley só pode ter sido um visionário no seu tempo. É certo que algumas das conclusões d
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Ale Rivero
Antes que nada aviso que este libro no fue lo que esperaba, y es que estaba segura que era una novela que continuaba con la historia de "Un mundo Feliz", pero en realidad es un análisis/ensayo crítico de la sociedad, y cómo lo que el autor presenta en su novela podría hacerse realidad en nuestro mundo dentro de este siglo.
Huxley parte de la base más que aceptada de que estamos viviendo con un exceso de población que nos hace enfrentarnos a una seria cantidad de problemas. A partir de allí desgra
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Venky
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bibliocase
In 1931, Aldous Huxley wrote his magnum opus 'Brave New World' - a prescient masterpiece dealing with what the author termed as 'a fable dealing with de-humanization employing techniques of over organisation'. This prophetic anti-utopian novel ranks alongside George Orwell's '1984' as one of the most influential books penned on the swift and forced erosion of independent thought and freedom of choice. Using a combination of centralised control of reproduction and neo natal programming, a dictato ...more
Stephen
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aldous Huxley's Brave New World (1931) transported readers to a deeply creepy nightmare-vision of the future, in which man had disappeared as an independent being, instead becoming the raw materials for a new, engineered hive creature. In Brave New World Revisited, Huxley shares his fear that the technocratic domination of society is proceeding much more quickly than he had anticipated, and then outlines reasons for concern and the vectors by which free minds could be compromised and manipulated ...more
Yash Sinojia
Not only a companion to the Brave New World but it's even a great non-fiction about how our societies gets victimized towards dystopia under psychological techno-dictators. This book explores the concepts of Brave New World, it talks about brain-washing and subliminal injection and how Hitler used these devices in propogandas, also about neo-pavlovian conditioning as applied by commercial brands and religious leaders. It revolves around human-psychology and how herd-corruption takes place.

Amazin
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Lucie Goroyan
"Meanwhile there is still some freedom left in the world. Many young people, it is true, do not seem to value freedom. But some of us still believe that, without freedom, human beings cannot become fully human and that freedom is therefore supremely valuable. Perhaps the forces that now menace freedom are too strong to be resisted for very long. It is still our duty to do whatever we can to resist them."
Rose
I liked this collection of essays about the issues raised in BNW and 1984 better than I liked the novel itself.
Jake Danishevsky
Oct 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Tim
In July it will have been two years since I read Huxley's Brave New World (see my review here). Like Orwell's classic dystopian book (1984), Huxley's was a real eye-opener. And it seems that both authors were clairvoyant, as we're currently living in an age where both principles are applied.

Big Brother (via smartphones, cctv, Windows, etc.) is watching our every move. Not only for so-called security measures, but also for commercial reasons (Big Data), which is what Brave New World was about, to
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Mike
Jan 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Robson Castilho
Sep 24, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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Julio Andres Astudillo
Creo que con solo leer el primer capítulo, le basta para las cinco estrellas. Huxley toma como punto de referencia a Orwell y a su propia distopia, de Brave New World. El libro no es narrativa, novela o una distopia; es un manual explicativo de como lidiar con una distopia. Veo mucho de Sabato en Huxley; me pareció leer por varias ocasiones La resistencia. Él también utiliza el modelo malthusiano como vertiente en esta dialéctica distópico-social, por lo que da inicio con un tema que aún es irre ...more
Migsasua Cínico
Una lectura breve que más que hablar del libro en sí, hace un análisis de los peligros que pueden llevarnos a una sociedad sobre "Un mundo feliz", desde un punto de vista liberal. Pone la libertad individual por encima de todo.

Pero creo que se contradice un poco, se pasa gran parte del libro hablando de las manipulaciones sociales y de sus preocupaciones por los demagogos, el control mental, la sobrepobalción y gobiernos autoritarios... para al final darnos a entender que nuestro entorno social
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Gogelescu Ion Petre
"Fără libertate fiinţele omeneşti nu pot deveni pe deplin umane şi deci libertatea este de nepreţuit."
Elena Sullivan
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
strange, but a good lesson in the end
Alexandra Bradan
May 05, 2015 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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Ana-Maria Cârciova
My bad... I really thought this could be another stage or something like a protraction of the Brave New World but to my 'meh' there they were! essays! ideas, quotes, argues oh my oh my! I like Aldous Huxley, I am about to read his collection of essays, he has logical points of view... sometimes and undoubtful arguments... sometimes (I do not actually have a great relationship with what you call 'history' at the moment either... just with those parts cointaining diseases and some reigns, fun mani ...more
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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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