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Brave New World

Brave New World

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This satirical novel describes a future world in which babies are decanted from bottles and the great Ford is worshipped.
Publisher: New York ; London : Harper Perennial, 2006
Edition: 1st Harper Perennial Modern Classics ed
ISBN: 9780060850524
0060850523
Call Number: F HUXLEY A
TEEN F HUXL
Characteristics: 259, 20 p. ; 21 cm

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Aldous Huxley’s 1931 classic dystopian novel about a futuristic world where children are conditioned from birth to fulfill their assigned role in the social hierarchy.

Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs, all its members are happy consumers. Bernard Marx seems alone harbouring an ill-defined longing to break free. A visit to one of the few... Read More »

Classic dystopia! Reasons challenged: insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit.

Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs, all its members are happy consumers.


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Anita_Dickey
Jun 11, 2021

I read this book to fulfil the goal read a free book from your TBR list. (since i borrowed it from the library) It reminded me of George orwells 1984 or the Red Rising Saga. It wasn't as good as either one of those books though. I simply didn't care for it. Especially the ending. it was so abrupt. Others might like it. it is on Listopia's 300 books everyone should read once list.

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aupadhy
Jun 01, 2021

In a dystopia filled with scientific revolutions, Brave New World’s inhabitants are given one choice: live an unfulfilling but painless life, or die rebelling. From genetic engineering to an artificial caste system, Huxley’s world explores the implications of what a life devoid of pain entails. As a misfit group of outcasts struggle against the bounds of their seemingly-idyllic dystopia, they begin to doubt whether a society free of suffering is free at all. At times chilling and prophetic, the provocative question at the heart of this story forces the reader to think beyond the horizons of their worldview. I absolutely loved reading this book; amidst heavy themes of freedom, empathy, and humanistic advancement, Brave New World continually thrills at every turn. It’s in line with classic works like 1984 and Fahrenheit 451, and I’d recommend it to anyone looking for an engrossing read.

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RoyalJellyIII
May 04, 2021

Aldous Huxley wrote Brave New World in 1932. That's almost eighty years ago, but the book reads like it could have been written yesterday. (especially interesting to me was how Huxley was able to predict the future of both genetic engineering and the action blockbuster. Damn.)

I think I liked this one better than 1984, the book traditionally considered to be this one's counterpart. Not really sure why this is, but it's probably because this one has a clearer outsider character (the Savage) who can view the world Huxley created through his separate perspective.

In this light, I will give the last word to Neil Postman, who discussed the differences between Orwell and Huxley's views of the future:

"What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one.
Orwell feared those who would deprive us information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy.
As Huxley remarked in 'Brave New World revisited,' the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny 'failed to take into account man's almost infinite appetite for distractions.'
In 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' people are controlled by inflicting pain. In 'Brave New World' people are controlled by inflicting pleasure.
In short, Orwell feared that what we hate will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we love will ruin us."

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kchang12
Apr 30, 2021

Brave New World is such a good read. I’m a huge fan of science fiction books and I couldn’t get enough of it. The dystopian society that Huxley created is so intriguing and it’s crazy to know that it was published in 1932. The novel itself back then was considered controversial and to this day it still is but I think novels that make you question the way the world is going and even scare you a bit are important to read. We can learn so much from science fiction books and Brave New World is a perfect example of one. The many themes such as individuality, truth, and happiness really made me ponder, especially because I could relate and see both sides of the argument presented in the novel.

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black_dove_71
Mar 24, 2021

Honestly, this wasn't my favorite sci-fi read ever. I thought it raised good questions and had a pretty solid plot, but it was pretty slow and I didn't really connect with the characters. Overall, I was a bit disappointed (because I've been wanting to read it for a while), but I am still thinking about it a few weeks later.

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nityarjnd
Jan 15, 2021

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley is a dark, eerie dystopian novel about Huxley's grim outlook on what he believes the future will eventually lead to. The book follows the futuristic caste system Huxley envisions where people have no value in society and everything is artificial. The novel is a great read for people who want to learn more about Huxley's theories, but the novel contains mature themes and hard to grasp concepts. I would recommend 16+ for the age demographic of this novel.

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edins
Jan 12, 2021

The seven-part recitative in one of the early chapters, wow.

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Revacard
Dec 23, 2020

I have a hard time getting to the point where the book starts. I don't believe society could get to this point--like it is impossible. But if you assume it did, then it creates an interesting world with extremes to make going points about society and how we love distractions. The actual plot is boring, but again, the world creating is interesting.

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jisrael1
Dec 15, 2020

Book was written in 1932 so much of the futuristic science-fiction details are a little hokey now, nonetheless the spirit of the book is intriguing, and if I were to reread any part of the book it would have to be the last three chapters especially the third chapter from the end. Main characters; Bernard Marx, his friend Helmholtz Watson, John (Savage) and his mother Linda, Lenina Crowe, and deputy world leader Mustafa Mond, and world full of alphas betas, deltas, epsilons and gammas with the government regime operating “a perfect utopia” with lots of soma (the soothing drug). Feels like something of the order China today is inching slowly toward. Bernard and Helmholtz ultimately reject the society even though they are alpha pluses and are exiled to far away islands, Linda dies of medical issues, her son John hangs himself In an ultimate rejection of the society and Mustafa, he understands fully and excepts the society.

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AlexaLe
Nov 29, 2020

Stories about dystopian societies can often evoke new realizations in regards to our perspective of the world around us. The novel Brave New World by Alduous Huxley allows readers to do exactly that as it examines life in a futuristic society obsessively based on production. They revere Henry Ford’s invention of the assembly line, and model their entire society around that, including how children are born. The society then divides the children into a hierarchy before birth, and the story opens with Alpha Bernard Marx and his love interest, Lenina Crowne. They are sent on a mission to a “savage reserve,” where they find a young man (John) who proclaims to be the director of the society’s son. As John is exposed to this new civilization, he realizes its corruption and horrifying nature.

This novel is one considered to be a classic, even though the premise of it seems like many of the young adult novels today. It covers one important theme that I believe is extremely relevant to the modern era: the hindrances of hedonism. It explores the negative impact of only seeking pleasure in life, as well as a society without families, love, or ownership. It is thought-provoking and a bit ominous in looking towards the future. It has some crossover with George Orwell’s 1984, for both contain themes of a dystopian future.

It is not appropriate for a younger audience, as it contains rather mature themes including nudity and self-harm. As a matter of fact, it was banned by many schools initially. However, many high schools are beginning to incorporate it into their curriculum.

Age rating: 16+
Star rating: 5 stars

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jeff1885
Oct 11, 2018

best part on page 103: "... infectious disease... priest.... venomous lizards."

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Shyam_123
Jul 05, 2016

"To touch the fence is instant death", "There is no escape from a Savage Reservation".

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katedominique
Aug 29, 2015

“Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly -- they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.”

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nancydrew
Jun 13, 2015

"Did you eat something that didn't agree with you?" asked Bernard. The Savage nodded "I ate civilization."

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LibraryTeen
May 30, 2015

“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.”

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re_discover
Dec 06, 2013

"Five minutes later roots and fruits were abolished; the flower of the present rosily blossomed" (88).

Mee2 Feb 21, 2013

"Sixty-two thousand four hundred repetitions make one truth."

EuSei Nov 25, 2012

Sixty-two thousand four hundred repetitions make one truth.

Rinve Aug 03, 2012

"O brave New World with all such people in it"- John the Savage and The Tempest by william ShakeSpear according to the book

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LazyNeko
May 23, 2012

"What you need," the Savage went on, "is something with tears for a change. Nothing costs enough here."

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Shyam_123
Jul 06, 2016

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.

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katedominique
Aug 29, 2015

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.

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LibraryTeen
May 30, 2015

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.

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victoriajoseveski
May 02, 2012

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.

FavouriteFiction Sep 30, 2009

In the world of the future regular sex and drugs are a part of life and babies are not born but created - designed for the type of work they will do as adults.

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victoriajoseveski
May 02, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: hitting and threats are done in this book and other things

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victoriajoseveski
May 02, 2012

Sexual Content: ehh i guess if you call taking off your clothes and walking toward a dude than yup!

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