Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Brave New World

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 remaining Savage Reservations, where the old, imperfect life still continues, may be the cure for his distress...Huxley's ingenious fantasy of the futur...


Details Brave New World

TitleBrave New World
ISBN9780060929879
Author
Release DateSep 1st, 1998
PublisherHarper Perennial
LanguageEnglish
Number of pages268 pages
GenreClassics, Fiction, Science Fiction, Dystopia
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Reviews Brave New World

  • Kemper
    2011-08-02
    Warning! The following review contains humor. If you read it and actually think that I'm being critical of Huxley, try reading it again. (Here's a hint. Look for the irony of the italicized parts when compared to the previous statements.) If you post a comment that asserts that I'm wrong/ stupid/ crazy for this and/or try to lecture me on all the points you think I missed then I'm going to assume that you read it literally, missed the joke, didn'...
  • Stephen
    2010-11-17
    I need to parse my rating of this book into the good (or great), the bad and the very fugly because I thought aspects of it were inspired genius and parts of it were dreggy, boring and living near the border of awful. In the end, the wowness and importance of the novel's ideas as well as the segments that I thoroughly enjoyed carried the book to a strong 3.5 star rating.THE REALLY GOOD/EXCELLENT - I loved the first third of the book in which the...
  • Clare
    2007-07-04
    As a teenager I went through a period of reading a vast number of distopian novels - probably all the teenage angst. This is the one that has continued to haunt me however, long after the my youthful cynicism has died it's death. It's basically a book about the utopian ideal - everyone's happy, everyone has what they want and EVERYTHING is based on logical principles. However, there is something very rotten at the heart. It's about how what we wa...
  • Emily May
    2012-06-06
    Mr Foster duly told them.Told them of the growing embryo on its bed of peritoneum. Made them taste the rich blood-surrogate on which it fed. Explained why it had to be stimulated with placentin and thyroxin. Told them of the corpus luteum extract. Showed them the jets through which at every twelfth metre from zero to 2040 it was automatically injected. Spoke of those gradually increasing doses of pituitary administered during the final ninety-six...
  • B0nnie
    2012-05-05
    Brave New World is a vision of the future where science will (at last) be put full time into the service of our needs. Some of the ideas might seem a little controversial (because of our preconceived ideas) but we must be open minded...! SEX. Biology teaches that sex is meant to be had. To put restrictions on sex is as silly as putting restrictions on which chair to sit. And like chairs, women are meant to be pneumatic. "Oh, she’s a splendid g...
  • Madeline
    2010-02-07
    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 ha...
  • Johannes
    2008-04-17
    This book presents a futuristic dystopia of an unusual kind. Unlike in Orwell's 1984, Huxley's dystopia is one in which everyone is happy. However, they are happy in only the most trivial sense: they lead lives of simple pleasures, but lives without science, art, philosophy or religion. In short, lives without deeper meaning. Although people are expected to work hard and efficiently during working hours, during off hours people live in an infanti...
  • Dan Schwent
    2016-12-20
    In a dystopian society of genetically engineered consumers pacified by drugs and conditioning, Bernard Marx cannot seem to fit in. When he visits a Savage reservation, his eyes are opened and he brings one of the savages back to England with him...As I continue my bleak science fiction parade toward the new year, I wonder why I've never read Brave New World before.In Brave New World, Aldous Huxley takes on consumerism, the media, genetic engineer...
  • Huda Yahya
    2012-03-01
    I am I, and I wish I weren't. إن كان راي برادبوري في روايته الأشهرقد اخترع عالما تُحرق فيه الكتبفهسكلي قبله بسنوات طويلة توصل إلى فكرة أشد شناعةففي عالمه الناس لا تُمنع من القراءة فهم أصلا لا يرغبوا فيها ولا يعرفوا لها قيمة أو معنى :::::::::::::::تخيل نفسك تعيش هنا في...
  • Lyn
    2011-11-13
    One of my all time favorites, this set the stage about what a dystopian story should be or not be. “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.”First published in 1932, this is timeless and is as relevant today as when it was first written. Sixteen years before Orwell's 1984 but eleven years after We by Yevgeny Zamyatin, this is a high water mark for the genre, many of ...
  • Nataliya
    2012-03-02
    Brave New World is a classic written to make its readers uncomfortable. It accomplishes its point well. Still, it is only getting 3 stars from me, as I rate books based on my personal level of enjoyment rather than literary value. The characters of this book were not meant to be likeable - I am fine with that concept. The first few chapters made me want to curl up in the corner and cry - that's how repulsive the design of this universe was (missi...
  • Dale Pearl
    2008-02-18
    This book is on many a top 100 reading list. Aldous Huxley has the reputation of being an intellectual giant. His heritage places him in the land of England, the place where all of the great literary giants come. A Brave New World unfortunately does not live up to the credits,pedigree or even the cult following that chases after it. Summary: In a nutshell this book is a mess. I am assuming that the majority of individuals that rate this book high...
  • Valerie
    2008-06-29
    This book is frightening. I'll take it to my classroom and subject the innocents to it.
  • Markus
    2016-01-10
    Sometimes a book just isn’t what you want it to be.There is little doubt that Brave New World is a genre classic, heavily contributing to defining the dystopian genre. There is just as little doubt that Aldous Huxley was an important influence on some of the writers I respect the most, among them George Orwell and Steven Runciman, both of whom were Huxley’s students at the University of Cambridge.Unfortunately, I found nothing to appreciate a...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2010-10-07
    649. Brave New World, Aldous Huxleyدنیای قشنگ نو (دنیای شگفت انگیز نو) - آلدوس هاکسلی (پیام ، نیلوفر) ادبیاتعنوان: دنیای قشنگ نو؛ نویسنده: آلدوس هاکسلی؛ مترجم: سعید حمیدیان؛ تهران، پیام، 1352؛ در 268 ص؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، نشر واژه، 1368، در 267 ص؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، نیلوفر، 1378، د...
  • Lit Bug
    2012-10-31
    There are two standard ways of reading ideological science-fiction – to go looking for subtle nuances that characterize standard literary fiction, stressing upon characterization and plot as an integral part of writing; and to seek ideas that interrogate our narrow notions and overlook standard literary conventions in case the work is wanting in literary finesse. Often, the one with the best ideas is not blessed with the best writing, and the i...
  • Barry Pierce
    2014-03-19
    Such a happy tale. Now I remember why I don't read dystopia all that often, it's depressing as motherfuck. I liked this novel but I do think it's the weakest out of the Big Dystopia 3 (the other two being Nineteen Eighty-Four and Fahrenheit 451). I'd recommend it on the basis of just how innovative and subversive this novel really is, along with a good plot and an interesting world. Don't read this if you're feeling shitty though, oh god.
  • Fernando
    2015-03-11
    “Un mundo feliz” es una de las tres distopías más conocidas que uno pueda leer junto con 1984 y Fahrenheit 451, y para mí, más allá del mundo futurista que Aldous Huxley creó, y anticipó en ¡1931!, es de todas la que menos me atrajo.Tal vez será porque la sociedad que muestra Huxley en este libro no es tan opresiva y violenta como la de 1984 ni tan persecutoria como la de Fahrenheit. De todo modos, es increíble descubrir como el aut...
  • Jo Woolfardis
    2017-02-25
    O, wonder!How many goodly creatures are there here!How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,That has such people in't! Miranda, The Temptest, William ShakespeareRead as part of The Infinite Variety Reading Challenge, based on the BBC's Big Read Poll of 2003.My reading of this book has been an adventure in itself, not just in a metaphorical sense but in an incredibly boring physical adventure. I began it in September, but then I was marvellousl...
  • MJ Nicholls
    2014-12-24
    Huxley’s satirical utopia is manifest, situated in university halls of residence, where promiscuity is rampant (who can forget the days of swapping partners between lectures, waking up to nubile posh cherubs lapping at your working-class cheeks, ruddy with decades of industrial grime and boyhood labour), and where the morning-after swig of two Nurofen (soma) eliminated any wrongdoing and regret, buoying one up for the further adventures in sex ...
  • Manny
    2008-12-11
    There's some provocative discussion of this book in Houellebecq's Les Particules Elémentaires, which I just finished. One of the characters argues that Huxley originally intended his world as a utopia rather than a dystopia, and then changed his mind and tried to convince everyone it was meant ironically. The proof? Apart from the caste system, which has been rendered unnecessary by computers, this is the world we're busily trying to create for ...
  • Kyle
    2013-01-17
    So that's what I've been missing out on this whole time; I almost wish a teacher did force me to read this book.There is some clunkiness to Huxley's writing and sentence structure, but that's ultimately beside the point. There are, occasionally, some feelings of dated-ness even though the book has remained relevant remarkably well (or do I mean terrifyingly well?); yet, that too is also beside the point. The real point, is that it's a damn fine h...
  • Jonathan
    2012-03-19
    I have now concluded another of the grand pantheon of the classics of the dystopian genre. It is no mere clone of the other works, although incidentally it does feature cloning within its story. I would place this on the same level as 1984 in terms of the ideas conveyed within. However I would also say that it completely stands alone as its own creation. It perhaps has less solidity and depth and the words are less lyrical and poetic than Orwell'...
  • Jadranka
    2013-01-08
    "Ali, ja želim neprijatne posledice.""Mi ne", reče Upravljač. "Mi više volimo udobnost.""Ali, ja ne volim. Ja hoću boga, hoću poeziju, hoću pravu opasnost, hoću slobodu, hoću dobrotu. Hoću greh.""Vi u stvari tražite pravo", reče Mustafa Mond, "da budete nesrećni.""Pa neka bude", prkosno reče Divljak, "tražim pravo da budem nesrećan.""Da i ne govorimo o pravu da ostarite, poružnite i postanete impotentni; pravo da imate sifilis i ...
  • Anna
    2013-11-23
    Θαυμαστός καινούριος κόσμος... ή μήπως όχι;Σε έναν κόσμο όπου οι παραδοσιακές αξίες έχουν καταρρεύσει και οι άνθρωποι ενδιαφέρονται μόνο για τα υλικά αγαθά και την καλοπέρασή τους, ένας "άγριος" γίνεται πειραματόζωο και αντικείμενο λατρείας από κ...
  • Samadrita
    2012-12-31
    To cut a long story short, the inescapable destiny of every society is to morph into a dystopia. Alternatively, a biting satire on capitalism and consumerism.
  • Hertzan Chimera
    2008-05-06
    the first five chapters of this book (seventy years after its publication) are like looking at today, Sunday the 11th of May 2008. Much more an accurate rendition of soft-Fascist consumerism (Sony, Nike, Mortgage hysteria) and mind control (9/11, the war on terror) than anything Philip K Dick tried to cook up on his bent drug spoon.and the book continues to be 'amazing' right through Mustapha Mond's sympathetic climactic expose and slightly beyon...
  • di
    2010-01-19
    Is this book really all that? I was underwhelmed. But, strangely enough, that's why I'm giving it 3 stars. The ideas were all so familiar to me, like I've seen and read it all before, when actually this is one of a few early books that inspired all those other stories. Now Brave New World seems as unoriginal to me as Shakespeare feels cliche. So it really is a founding giant and a classic dystopia. That fact alone raises my rating from 2 to 3 sta...
  • Ahmad Ebaid
    2015-01-01
    "أنا أطالب بحقي في أن أكون غير سعيد, هذا فضلا عن الحق في أن أغدو عجوزا قبيحا, وضعيفا, الحق في المعاناة من الأمراض, الحق في أن يكون لدي القليل لآكله, الحق في أن أعيش في خوف دائم مما قد يحدث غدا, الحق في أن أقع فريسة للآلام من كل نوع, أنا أطالب بكل ذلك" والا...