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Brave New World / Brave New World Revisited

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  126,303 ratings  ·  1,218 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: haunting, dystopia
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
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

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 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
“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
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
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
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
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.
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
✧ 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.

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
Feb 01, 2011 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
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
Jan 25, 2015 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 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
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.
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
Aug Mdc
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A chilling look at a supposed utopia. Chillingly relatable to today!
Joseph R.
Sep 29, 2014 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
Mar 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Kevin Michael
Jul 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Chance Lee
Jul 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shmoop
This is another difficult book to review, because it's more of a historical document than a novel. Plus, it's hard not to compare it to 1984, which I just read.

I'll say this: I like this book more than 1984. 1984 is as subtle as a sledgehammer to the face. While Brave New World does its share of preaching, its vision of the world is much less horrific. On the surface, it seems like a great place to live. Sure, there are horrible caste systems, but it's not like they *know* there are horrible cas
Erik Graff
Apr 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
I read both of these books, one after the other, under separate covers either at the end of junior high or at the beginning of high school, then went on to pick up other cheap paperbacks of Huxley's writings none of which I could relate to much until encountering Doors of Perception in college. Years later I found this combined, hardcover edition and gave away the old paperbacks.

Brave New World is so much commented upon that I can think of little to add except to note that it, particularly the s
Apr 18, 2019 rated it liked it
the book "Brave New World" written by Aldous Huxley takes place in the future world where people are "made" and they are born with levels. In my opinion, this is a great book, however, the comparison to "1984" and "Animal Farm" this book aren't as good. This book is not directed enough in my opinion but it does use interesting details to show how the world is range.
G.M. Burrow
Jun 05, 2010 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.
Nov 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Aaron White
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had recently listened to a podcast comparing 1984 to Brave New World with a debate on which novel was more prescient. Though most of the audience came in voting 1984, by the end of the night the vote had dramatically switched to Brave New World, which I was in favor of. I have read Brave New World, but not 1984 – so I thought I had better get to it. After reading 1984, I gave this one a reread.
I found the process of reading this one fantastic. I was constantly consulting the internet for info
Sixtine L
Sep 01, 2018 rated it liked it
I have been told and told again how important and crucial it is that I read this book. Well now I have and here's my review. It is widely considered a self-fulfilling prophecy. However, after having read this I find myself on the opposing spectrum. Yes, some things that were included in this novel are similar to the societal change that we have been experiencing. Nevertheless, I struggle to wrap my head around the idea that this is truly the direction our civilization is heading towards. This bo ...more
Jacob Schlueb
May 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Overall: disappointed. I wanted to like this book, as it had such an interesting futuristic concept, but it fell short in so many ways.
First of all, I realize this book was written in 1931 and society as a whole was much different... however, Huxley, in my opinion, should have had the foresight when writing a futuristic novel to realize that black people would gain equal rights, and would not remain servants until the end of time. Science has progressed so far as to make test-tube babies, but so
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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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