Brave New WorldBook - 2013
Hundreds of years in the future, the World Controllers have created an ideal civilization. Its members, shaped by genetic engineering and behavioral conditioning, are productive and content in roles they have been assigned at conception. Government-sanctioned drugs and recreational sex ensure that everyone is a happy, unquestioning consumer; messy emotions have been anesthetized and private attachments are considered obscene. Only Bernard Marx is discontented, developing an unnatural desire for solitude and a distaste for compulsory promiscuity. When he brings back a young man from one of the few remaining Savage Reservations, where the old unenlightened ways still continue, he unleashes a dramatic clash of cultures that will force him to consider whether freedom, dignity, and individuality are worth suffering for.
Aldous Huxley's ingenious fantasy of a future of mechanical efficiency and engineered harmony has been enormously influential for generations, and is as provocative, powerful, and riveting as when it was first published in 1932.
(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)
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lbarkema Jan 14, 2015
A weird book, but still worth the read. We had a great discussion on it in book club and I can see why it is required reading for many high school/college students due to it's utopian/dystopian setting. Definitely confusing at times though, but overall a good read.
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sarahbru17 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over
Jorilynn1989 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 16 and 99
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"To touch the fence is instant death", "There is no escape from a Savage Reservation".
“Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly -- they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.”
"Did you eat something that didn't agree with you?" asked Bernard. The Savage nodded "I ate civilization."
“But I don't want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin.”
"Five minutes later roots and fruits were abolished; the flower of the present rosily blossomed" (88).
SummaryAdd a Summary
This book is about a Utopian society and how the world controls people's behavior and how they control reproduction. But one person tries to understand the real meaning of life by meeting people in the Savage Reservation.
From the lonely man to the man with all the attention! This book is a roller coaster. From a mad society to insane customs, an unlikely relationship forms. Intelligence grows, yet dangers arise. Unexpected characters come with crazy results.
In a future where babies are created in tubes, sex is the main pastime, everyone is always happy (or on soma), hypnotism is considered learning, and there can be 96 people created from a single embryo, we follow the lives of a few upper class citizens (and one other) as they discover what it means to be different in a world where everything is the same.
Aldous Huxley predicted however many years into the future with this book Brave New World.
the book (Brave New World) is about a perfect dystopia. the different societys/ social classes. In this book drugs, sex and artificial intelligents are apart of society.
Frightening or Intense Scenes: hitting and threats are done in this book and other things