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Brave New World Revisited

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  15,760 ratings  ·  969 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, 123 pages
Published September 5th 2006 by Harper Perennial Modern Classics (first published November 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 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)
MoviesForYourBrain The only possible explanation that I could up with is that it hearkens back to "Brave New World", but even that is a stretch, since it`s a collection …moreThe only possible explanation that I could up with is that it hearkens back to "Brave New World", but even that is a stretch, since it`s a collection of essays. The best explanation I could give would be maybe "ignorance"?(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
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
= 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 /
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
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.
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
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
Evelyn Woagh
Jun 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
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
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.
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
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
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.
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."
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.
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
Jake Danishevsky
Oct 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, read-politics
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
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
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
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
Robson Castilho
Sep 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
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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Luminița Gabura
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
In an attempt to purchase "Brave New World" I purchased the revisited edition, by mistake. Ending up with this book, I nevertheless read it and it will serve as an "introduction" to the novel. From a time-line perspective they should be read the over way around, as the revisited version includes notes and observations made almost 30 years from the publishing of the book. It also contains comparisons here and there, with other dystopian novels published after 1932. The themes touched in the novel ...more
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
Kevin Hogg
May 30, 2019 rated it liked it
This wasn't an easy read. I appreciate Huxley looking back a few years later to see how society has changed, and assessing whether it has moved closer to his vision in Brave New World. I found this approach inconsistent at times, as he also focused on why society was closer to Brave New World than 1984, as well as describing his philosophical thoughts and observations in general.

I felt that the book was weakest when building a case for Brave New World over 1984. I am reading this with the benefi
Elena Sullivan
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
strange, but a good lesson in the end
Oct 10, 2016 rated it liked it
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
Réal Laplaine
Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Brave New World stands alone, a class unique as far as books go. It is brutal, utterly crushing to the soul to envision humanity sinking that low - and yet, compellingly real. It is a wake up call - and Huxley is sooo right - and his vision so accurate considering today's growing surveillance society. His words, paraphrased, that you don't have to wage war against people anymore to take away their freedom - you simply have to convince them that for the sake of their own security it is better to ...more
Dec 15, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unlike the original novel, this book is actually a collection of essays exploring the topics discussed in the original book Brave New World. This book was written 25 years later, and Huxley expresses his astonishment at not only how accurate much of his speculation/prediction was, but just how quickly things had changed.

This book makes more sense to read, of course, after the novel it is based on. It's fairly light reading, and I recommend it to anyone interested in the novel or in social scien
May 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Written in 1957, and still applicable to today, if not even more so, especially the parts on advertising and mass consumption and manipulating consumers. The only thing that I had problems with while reading this was Huxley's strong anti-Communism, which seemed to make him extremely pro-capitalist and knee-jerk reactionary. Finally, in the last chapter, he talks about preserving democracy, fighting Big Government and Big Business, and even mentions syndicalists in a positive manner. Thus I find ...more
Yash Sinojia
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.

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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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