Brave New World

Brave New World

And, Brave New World Revisited

Book - 2004
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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 critical light on the present and is considered to be Huxley's most enduring masterpiece. Following Brave New World is the nonfiction work Brave New World Revisited, first published in 1958. It is a fascinating work in which Huxley uses his tremendous knowledge of human relations to compare the modern-day world with the prophetic fantasy envisioned in Brave New World, including threats to humanity, such as overpopulation, propaganda, and chemical persuasion.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, [2004]
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060535261
0060535261
Branch Call Number: HUXLEY A
Characteristics: xxi, 340 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Huxley, Aldous 1894-1963
Uniform Title: Brave new world revisited

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VForce
Aug 05, 2012

As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods; they kill us for their sport.

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VForce
Aug 03, 2012

Each of us, of course, goes through life inside a bottle. But if we happen to be Alphas, our bottles are, relatively speaking, enormous.

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VForce
Aug 03, 2012

People are happy; they get what they want, and they never want what they can't get; they are so conditioned that they practically can't help behaving as they ought to behave.

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VForce
Aug 02, 2012

“How many goodly creatures are there here! How beautious mankind is! O brave new world..."

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VForce
Jul 28, 2012

The purpose of life was not the maintenance of well-being, but some intensification and refining of consciousness, some enlargement of knowledge.

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VForce
Jul 14, 2012

The mind that judges and desires and decides - made up of these suggestions. But all these suggestions are OUR suggestions! Suggestions from the state.

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VForce
Jul 14, 2012

All conditioning aims at that: making peope like their unescapable social destiny.

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kokosowe
Jul 16, 2008

"One of the principal functions of a friend is to suffer (in a milder and symbolic form) the punishments that we should like, but are unable, to inflict upon our enemies."

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Jun 25, 2008

Community, Identity, Stability

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1aa
Jul 02, 2015

This particular copy had a lot of annoying underlining in it.
Besides that, it was a bit of a let down: not well structured, jumping from scene to scene, and staccato dialogue.
The collection of essays at the end were actually more enjoyable.

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nidofito
Sep 24, 2014

It's a tough book to get into. Having never been a huge fan of dystopian worlds plus the clunky writing made me worry if I could muster enough enthusiasm for the entire thing. But I'm glad I did, because as soon as I braved through the first few pages, I kinda got into the flow of it. I loved the whole tour that the D.H.C. was giving the students along with the introduction of the various characters and the basic setup of this 'brave new world.' Another bit that I liked was the conversation between John and Mustapha at the end. Very thought provoking.

unbalancedbutfair Sep 25, 2012

An enduring political and social commentary. Perhaps one of the themes that jumped out at me most is belonging. None of the characters feel they fit, and indeed they don't fit from a more objective standpoint. The question is one of degree. That's an important, beautifully explored thought in here. Who, along the scale of "fitting in" is happiest? Are any of them? Does anyone actually fit? I have yet to see this question explored better. But that is just one of the themes. It's a good read well worth your time.

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macido
Aug 29, 2012

If you google best movie of all time you will get citizen kane among top 3 in a lot of those lists. You will have many younger people scratching their heads like me after watching it saying "really?"

While i 100% appreciate the timelessness of this book, and the Nostradamus like predictions he was able to make 70 years ago. I felt the writing style to be too out of date, disconnected story progression with huge leaps in plot with no explination.
Perhaps i am spoiled by recent day writing mechanics as a younger audience.

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mitch_beattie
Jul 15, 2012

Definitely a great work of dystopian fiction, especially since it feels so ahead of its time. Despite this however, the book's second half "Brave New World Revisited" feels a little dated, perhaps because some of Huxley's original predictions didn't quite pan out when he stated they would. Both books are a worthwhile read though and I would reccommend them both.

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patrol_barry
Jul 29, 2008

Another superb portrayal of futuristic dystopian culture--a must read if you like Orwell's '1984'.

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pie
Jun 25, 2008

Another one of those great dystopia (or utopia--depending on your preference) reads. A classic.

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Jun 25, 2008

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