Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Brave New World

Brave New World is a dystopian novel written in 1931 by English author Aldous Huxley, and published in 1932. Largely set in a futuristic World State of genetically modified citizens and an intelligence-based social hierarchy, the novel anticipates huge scientific developments in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological manipulation, and classical conditioning that are combined to make a utopian society that goes challenged only by a...


Details Brave New World

TitleBrave New World
ISBN9780060929879
Author
Release DateSep 1st, 1998
PublisherHarperPerennial / Perennial Classics
LanguageEnglish
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...
  • 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...
  • Emily May
    2012-06-06
    Wow, the anger over this rating! My first post for this book was a quote and a gif of Dean from Supernatural rolling his eyes and passing out. And people were pissed. How dare I?Lol. I'm honestly just so tired of all the dumb comments demanding that I (all caps) "ELABORATE". It's been going on for SIX YEARS now. So I will: This is still one of the most boring emotionless books I have ever read. It seemed like a natural choice after I loved Orwell...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Elyse
    2017-09-27
    Given that dystopian books are generally not my first choice ‘run-to-books-to-read’.... and I’m sure I didn’t understand the full depths of this book - which was written 21 years before I was born....even I can see Aldous Huxley had a brilliant mind. I was trying to wrap my thinking around the conspiracies that it looked liked the author was trying to warn us were happening in the world —�trying to visualize the already futuristic se...
  • 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...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2010-10-07
    649. Brave New World, Aldous HuxleyBrave New World is a dystopian novel by English author Aldous Huxley. Published in 1932, it propounds that economic chaos and unemployment will cause a radical reaction in the form of an international scientific empire that manufactures its citizens in the laboratory on a eugenic basis, without the need for human intercourse.عنوانها: دنیای قشنگ نو؛ دنیای شگفت انگیز نو؛ نوی...
  • 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 ...
  • Lisa
    2014-06-25
    "You all remember," said the Controller, in his strong deep voice, "you all remember, I suppose, that beautiful and inspired saying of Our Ford's: History is bunk. History, " he repeated slowly, "is bunk." The rhetorical skills of the Controller remind me of the Epsilon Semi-Moron who runs one of the bravest new worlds in our current era in bunk. As I had forgotten the major plot of this dystopian novel written just when fascism emerged in the 19...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Foad
    2014-06-02
    آیا دنیای ما بیشتر شبیه 1984 جورج اورول است، یا دنیای قشنگ نوی آلدوس هاکسلی؟اورول از آدم هایی می ترسید که کتاب ها را ممنوع می کنند.اما هاکسلی از این می ترسید که دلیلی برای ممنوع کردن کتاب وجود نداشته باشد، چون اصلاً کسی خودش نخواهد که بخواند.اورول از ک...
  • Leo .
    2017-11-15
    😈Who are the Puppet Masters? What are they up to?Is this paradigm changing? For me and for you😇Are we dancing to a different song?On this Earth, do we really belong?Will we inherit, this beautiful garden of Life, and Love and Compassion?Are these Puppet Masters, going out of fashion?Is the game up? The lifting of this VeilAre we awakening, from an old, fading, weakening Spell? 🐯👍Am I a Templar? Am I an Assassin? A Lord? A Sir? A Pries...
  • İntellecta
    2017-07-10
    about 120 pages, the story becomes very boring, since it is mostly the feelings of the protagonists. However, this attempt to identify me emotionally with the characters did not touch, since it is quite bizarre.So I felt more like having a classical drama in a modern world in front of me.Fazit: quite weak translation into German, grammar partly catastrophic, so sentences lose their meaning.
  • Adina
    2014-01-06
    I finally managed to finish the dystopian classics triangle - 1984, Fahrenheit 451 and Brave new World. For me the winner is Brave New World. Although I find the world imagined is less realistic than the other two it is equally tragic. I finally got that somewhat lost feeling of total happiness when reading a book, that tingle in the pleasure receptors when you find a great book. Even though I recently read many books that I loved I seem to have ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Luís C.
    2014-09-28
    Hallucinogenic Drugs, Virtual Sex, Alienated People. Brave New World is a futuristic novel, traced by Aldous Huxley, who was considered one of the greatest prophetic writers of the 20th century; Aldous, who wrote about the effect of LSD and mescaline, brought from his hallucinogenic sessions ideas that were at the very least intriguing, so much so that some renowned scientists at the time chose him for research into the effect of hallucinogens on...
  • Valerie
    2008-06-29
    This book is frightening. I'll take it to my classroom and subject the innocents to it.
  • 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.
  • ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
    2017-12-15
    CAREFUL OF SPOILERS! This is a 'viviparous mother' of all dystopian worlds! Yes, 'viviparous', 'mother' or 'father' are indecent jokes in the time of 'Our Ford'. This world is majorly fucked up, just like its 1984 edition. Perhaps even more so! This one is also a cold one. Here, exogenesis, 'Bokanovsky's Process' and 'Podsnap's Technique' have taken over human progenity. Babies are no longer born, instead they are 'decanted'. Here, you get to und...
  • 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...
  • Issa Deerbany
    2018-05-07
    فكرة عميقة يحملها هذا الكتاب، مقابل المتع الجسدية يتم ذلك على حساب الحرية، الحرية بكل اشكالها.كل شيء مخطط له من اختيار الجينات يتم تقسيم البشر حسب طبقتهم وإعدادهم للإهمال التي تناسبهم والاهم من كل ذلك غرس فكرة المجتمع الاستهلاكي في عقولهم.لا يوجد ...
  • 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.
  • Joey 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...