Brave New World

Brave New World

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Towering classic of dystopian satire, BRAVE NEW WORLD is a brilliant and terrifying vision of a soulless society--and of one man who discovers the human costs of mindless conformity. 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.
Publisher: New York : Everyman's Library : Alfred A. Knopf, [2013]
Copyright Date: ♭1932
ISBN: 9780375712364
0375712364
Characteristics: xli, 232 pages ; 22 cm.

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Easily one of the most significant novels of the 20th century, and still perhaps the definitive dystopian read, Brave New World continues to seep into contemporary pop culture of all stripes.


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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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emilyhart66
Oct 05, 2020

A world that is engineered for perfection needs a contrasting element to really seem perfect. The contrasts are sometimes sharp and sometimes subtle but they are always present. Like Shakespeare's play The Tempest which provides the title Brave New World, this novel has it's own Prospero and its Caliban.

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Green_Giraffe_29
Sep 22, 2020

This book legitimately blew my mind. Huxley did a fantastic job creating a futuristic world where the reader feels familiar yet uncomfortable at the same time; for me, that especially impacted my view of the characters. Definitely for more mature audiences (16+).

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alecbussott
Aug 19, 2020

Hypnotic and dizzying. A dystopia to rival Orwell's 1984.

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weekeszs
Jul 07, 2020

Prophetic.

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DuendeCaprichosa
Apr 26, 2020

This book takes the idea of 'big brother' to another realm. It blends together the social complexities of young romance and the lack of creative or individual freedoms as a result of a matrix-like society. The story will make you uncomfortable and reflect on the current state of the world.

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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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