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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
Paperback, 123 pages
Published September 5th 2006 by Harper Perennial Modern Classics (first published November 1958)
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Judy Lindow Science fiction is a genre of speculative fiction which typically deals with imaginative and futuristic concepts such as advanced science and technolo…moreScience fiction is a genre of speculative fiction which typically deals with imaginative and futuristic concepts such as advanced science and technology, So I can see how someone might think that. However, IMO it is not fiction. Revisited expands and speculates on the fictional Brave New World. I would choose describe Revisited as non-fiction.(less)
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 a…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, about the socio-political situation of the 1950s and forward. Interestingly, Huxley also compares his predictions with that of Orwell’s 1984.

Huxley mainly focuses on two significant problems of our present time: overpopulation
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Michelle Bacon
Jan 23, 2017 rated it liked it
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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Майя Ставитская
The creator of one of the key dystopias (although with no less reason "Oh, brave new world" can be considered a utopia) Aldous Huxley returns to his novel. This time not as an author of fiction, but as an essayist, philosopher, futurist. He tries to predict the further development of society by analyzing the ways in which citizens can be deprived of their hard-won freedoms and rights.

Let me remind you that "Oh, Brave New World", written in 1932, stands alone among the cult dystopias of the twent
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P.E.
= New World Revisited

In this essay, Huxley updates some of the themes explored in his dystopia Brave New World and considers some other possible developments and embranchements in the future.

The contents :
1) Over-Population / 2) Quantity, Quality, Morality / 3) Over-Organization / 4) Propaganda in a Democratic Society / 5) Propaganda Under a Dictatorship / 6) The Art of Selling / 7) Brainwashing / 8) Chemical Persuasion / 9) Subconscious Persuasion / 10) Hypnopaedia / 11) Education For Freedom /
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K.M. Weiland
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Chinook
Mar 18, 2017 rated it liked it
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.
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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
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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Prash
May 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A timeless and prophetic work by one of the most brilliant literary and sociological thinkers of the 21st century, who presaged the brave new world of malleable reality and mutable memory that we currently live in.

Where to begin? Over the course of a few hundred pages, this singular mind has summed up the socioeconomic underpinnings of the last century of history, while laying down a blueprint for the next century.

With its timeless insights into the nature of human frailty, democracy, tyranny,
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Elagabalus
Jun 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
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
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 b
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Robson Castilho
Sep 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: novels
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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Venky
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
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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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."
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Rose
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked this collection of essays about the issues raised in BNW and 1984 better than I liked the novel itself.
Stephen
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Kevin Bell
Dec 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
An interesting read to understand more of Huxley's worldview and political theory. Fun to see where he got it right and wrong with his predictions. One of those reads that exposes you to another person's beliefs and make you examine yourself and your own views to further develop and/or defend what you believe. Some very good pearls of wisdom in this piece. I don't agree with everything he writes in this but still intellectually stimulating to read. ...more
Dody Eid
May 26, 2021 rated it it was ok
It is remarkable how an author’s analysis of his own work can be so divergent from the reader’s. In Brave New World Revisited, Aldous Huxley diagnoses society’s illnesses (overpopulation and over-organization), explains their freedom-crippling effects (propaganda, brainwashing, mass-manipulation), and suggests some vague remedies (education! Birth control!).

These are, for the most part, not the first things that come to mind after reading Brave New World and looking around at our culture today.
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Jake Danishevsky
Oct 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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Amelia
Jul 13, 2022 rated it it was ok
Can't believe I finished a book with the quote "a deep-seated and almost universal feminine wish—the wish to be more attractive to member of the opposite sex" but here we are. Was so bad that it made me retrospectively change my rating for Brave New World (it was already a weak 4 starts but now it is decidedly 3 stars). ...more
Samir Rawas Sarayji
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A profound and insightful extended essay by Huxley that I had to read in one sitting. Written in 1958 and yet so very relevant today. That is truly exceptional, but it is a testament to its accuracy of analysis to the problems plaguing mankind and the suggested mechanisms or thoughts in how to go about resolving them. In light of the ridiculous successes of populist governments, this book is a wakeup call for all those sleeping to the demise of our humanistic heritage. Written at a time when com ...more
Mike
Jan 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
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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Sourya Dey
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Many of the concepts in this book are relevant today - 61 years on - such as brainwashing by advertising and propaganda, mob mentality, reduced attention spans and too much TV, mind-altering drugs, etc. However, the writing style is not very interesting and the essays get repetitive pretty fast. I got the feeling that the author's tone was more of "What I think is right", rather than trying to be thought-provoking. There is also a substantial amount of condescension and ignorance towards 'other' ...more
Karen
Jun 10, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Huxley's addition to Brave New World is a diatribe on overpopulation and states the solution is selective breeding and aborting based on genetic materials. Surprising since this was written 15 years or so after WWII and Hitler's great experiment. Huxley attempted to support his argument by stating this is the only way to save the planet. Unfortunately, his rhetoric could only be seen as positive by those who are naive and uneducated, the very people he suggested should not be alive. ...more
Erica Zahn
Oct 20, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: under-200-pages
When Brave New World was first published in 1932, it provided a glimpse into a possible, but rather remote future. By the time Brave New World Revisited was published 26 years later, enough progress had taken place towards the direction of Huxley’s prophecies that he could already demonstrate how real-world examples had corroborated his original thesis, and show that the predicted changes were happening much faster than he had originally thought.

Overpopulation

Instead of the Nine Years’ War of Br
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Marconi
Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
"There seems to be no good reason why a thorougly scientific dictatorship should ever be overthrown."

Reading Brave New World nowadays in more important than ever. The unsuspecting reader would think Huxley was merely describing the 21st century as he saw it, but then would come to know that the book was published in 1958. Aldous Huxley writes in a series of essays about his prospects for the future, how technology will develop to concentrate power in the hands of few and how information media an
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Brave New World (1932), best-known work of British writer Aldous Leonard Huxley, paints a grim picture of a scientifically organized utopia.

This most prominent member of the famous Huxley family of England spent the part of his life from 1937 in Los Angeles in the United States until his death. Best known for his novels and wide-ranging output of essays, he also published short stories, poetr
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