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Brave New World / Brave New World Revisited

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  125,228 ratings  ·  1,208 reviews
The astonishing novel Brave New World, originally published in 1932, presents Aldous Huxley's vision of the future--of a world utterly transformed. Through the most efficient scientific and psychological engineering, people are genetically designed to be passive and therefore consistently useful to the ruling class. This powerful work of speculative fiction sheds a blazing ...more
Paperback, 340 pages
Published July 5th 2005 by Harper Perennial Modern Classics (first published 1932)
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Christopher (Donut) BRAVE NEW WORLD is an amazing SF novel, a deft satire of the tendencies of modern civilization.

BNWR is a humdrum collection of boring essays, which…more
BRAVE NEW WORLD is an amazing SF novel, a deft satire of the tendencies of modern civilization.

BNWR is a humdrum collection of boring essays, which prove almost beyond a doubt that Huxley had no idea of the greatness he had envisioned. For instance, he acts as though the most salient issues addressed in the novel were overpopulation and mind control via propaganda, whereas he has nothing to say about, e.g., diminishing emotion through easy sexual gratification (everyone belongs to everyone else), the possibility of poetry and philosophy among elites at "the end of history," etc.

In short, the contrast between the greatness of the one, and the mediocrity of the other could not be starker.(less)

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Rakhi Dalal
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopia, haunting
1984 by Orwell was the first work of dystopian fiction that I laid my hands on. It left me so numb that I couldn't gather my thoughts on the experience of reading it. Then I read Brave New World by Huxley and then We by Zamyatin followed by the little story (The New Utopia) by Jerome.

BNW inspired me to read We. That makes for a reverse order in terms of their time of publication.I am not sure why I felt drawn to these books in succession. May be these readings came in wake of the increasing unc
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K.D. Absolutely
Jul 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Prophetic.

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
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Larry
Dec 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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Tristan
“The nature of psychological compulsion is such that those who act under constraint remain under the impression that they are acting on their own initiative. The victim of mind-manipulation does not know that he is a victim. To him the walls of his prison are invisible, and he believes himself to be free. That he is not free is apparent only to other people. His servitude is strictly objective.”


While its illustrious counterpart, Orwell’s 1984, has entered our cultural lexicon in more significant
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T4ncr3d1
Apr 21, 2011 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
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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
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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?
La
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Eℓℓis ♥
Una felicità universalmente riconosciuta, ma artificiale è preferibile ad un'esistenza dove sentimenti e aspirazioni sono repressi, la libertà individuale è preclusa e il concetto di bellezza e di famiglia - affinché non venga meno la stabilità della popolazione - viene sacrificato assumendo una connotazione "obsoleta"? Questa la domanda che riecheggia per l'intero romanzo... Huxley ci scaraventa in una società distopica certamente più soft e meno brutale rispetto a quella orwelliana, ma comunqu ...more
Roberto
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantascienza, uk, 1001

Reclamiamo il diritto di essere infelici

Chi si interessa di ingegneria ed automazione sa che di fronte ad un determinato problema il progettista ha l'abitudine mentale di analizzarlo, individuarne i dati e le variabili in gioco, fissare gli obiettivi e quindi procedere alla progettazione del sistema per ridimensionarlo, con metodo. Senza tenere conto di fattori etici o legati alla morale.

E se tentassimo di risolvere i problemi del mondo attuale con la stessa logica, funzionerebbe?

Obiettivo: eli
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John M
May 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
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Jakk Makk
Brave New World beat out 1984 as the tyranny of choice. Consider smartphone addiction, people love to be enslaved 2,ooo times a day and beg for the privilege. I don't believe most people make independent decisions anymore, they just act out their programming.

The first step to overcoming brainwashing is to realize you've been brainwashed. Do you fail to one star your DNF's? To do so is to cheat the reading community of their time.

Is it because you are lazy or because you want to be nice? If you
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Grazia
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Si supponga per assurdo che...

... in un futuro imprecisato si costituisca una società in cui:

- sia deprecato avere rapporti monogami
- l'uomo si riproduca attraverso la manipolazione genetica, e sempre per il tramite di essa si decida a priori la classe di appartenenza dell'essere così generato
- non esistano i sentimenti, i legami, ma uno stato di tranquillità perenne indotto dalla soddisfazione degli istinti primari
- si faccia uso legale di una droga, 'soma', per il cui tramite la tristezza o l
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Giovanna
May 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5

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
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Kirstin
Mar 28, 2014 rated it liked it
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.
Seth
Nov 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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✧ k a t i e ✧
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics, for-school
Yeah, I enjoyed this 10000000000x better than 1984.

AND WHAT WAS THAT ENDING????
Mickdemaria
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Il mondo nuovo è insieme a 1984 e a Noi di Zamjatin uno dei grandi romanzi distopici del '900. Aldous Huxley è un grande intellettuale che proviene da una famiglia di intellettuali, accademico, filosofo, investigatore lisergico, musicologo, romanziere... Non c'è ambito del sapere che questo autore non abbia toccato. Mente curiosa e vivace ci consegna con quest'opera un grande romanzo e una seria riflessione sociologica in un'epoca in cui il concetto di distopia ancora non esisteva. Il romanzo ci ...more
Claudia
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
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Briar Rose
Feb 01, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopia, sci-fi
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
May 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Alessandro
Apr 27, 2011 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
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Atilio Frasson
Tres estrellas para "Un mundo feliz" y cuatro para "Nueva visita a un mundo feliz"
FerroN
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Tutti sono felici” nel Mondo Nuovo: due miliardi di automi inumani, prodotti e selezionati in laboratorio e condizionati con tecniche subliminali fin dalla nascita, sottoposti alla felice tirannia del benessere. Con l’ausilio di scienza e tecnologia, lo stato mondiale programma ciascuno di essi per un preciso compito da svolgere nella società e, tramite un corollario di divertimenti, distrazioni e droghe, riesce a far sì che nessuno possa prendere coscienza della propria assoluta mancanza di li ...more
Krista
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, classics
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
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Benjamin B.
Mar 02, 2011 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
Jay
May 26, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Samantha wickedshizuku Tolleson
Jun 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Sci-fi fans, Classic fans, History Buffs
Recommended to Samantha wickedshizuku by: 1001 Books to Read Before I Die List
A very disturbing read!
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I was very upset by this book on many levels, but was intrigued by the structure Huxley used. Every different line was a different plot following many chracters.
Eustachio
Oct 03, 2013 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
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Etonomore
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I struggled with whether I wanted to give this book 4 stars or 5 stars for a solid couple of hours. I think if I were to rate Brave New World on its own, I would probably go with 4 stars. The story is incredibly ambitious and has a lot going for it, but I really think the early chapters drag. I find Bernard to be an almost intolerable character to spend time with, and its not until John is introduced that I really become invested in the world and the story. John is, quite clearly, a twisted sort ...more
Agathangelos
Jan 21, 2011 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
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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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“The nature of psychological compulsion is such that those who act under constraint remain under the impression that they are acting on their own initiative. The victim of mind-manipulation does not know that he is a victim. To him the walls of his prison are invisible, and he believes himself to be free. That he is not free is apparent only to other people. His servitude is strictly objective.” 24 likes
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