Brave New World

Brave New World

And, Brave New World Revisited

Book - 2004
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Now more than ever: Aldous Huxley's enduring "masterpiece ... one of the most prophetic dystopian works of the 20th century" (Wall Street Journal) must be read and understood by anyone concerned with preserving the human spirit in the face of our "brave new world"

Aldous Huxley's profoundly important classic of world literature, Brave New World is a searching vision of an unequal, technologically-advanced future where humans are genetically bred, socially indoctrinated, and pharmaceutically anesthetized to passively uphold an authoritarian ruling order--all at the cost of our freedom, full humanity, and perhaps also our souls. "A genius [who] who spent his life decrying the onward march of the Machine" (The New Yorker), Huxley was a man of incomparable talents: equally an artist, a spiritual seeker, and one of history's keenest observers of human nature and civilization. Brave New World, his masterpiece, has enthralled and terrified millions of readers, and retains its urgent relevance to this day as both a warning to be heeded as we head into tomorrow and as thought-provoking, satisfying work of literature. Written in the shadow of the rise of fascism during the 1930s, Brave New World likewise speaks to a 21st-century world dominated by mass-entertainment, technology, medicine and pharmaceuticals, the arts of persuasion, and the hidden influence of elites.

"Aldous Huxley is the greatest 20th century writer in English." --Chicago Tribune

This book also includes the full text of Brave New World Revisited, Huxley's 1958 nonfiction followup to Brave New World.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, [2004].
ISBN: 9780060776091
Branch Call Number: HUXLE
Characteristics: xxi, 340 p. ; 24 cm.


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Jul 02, 2015

This particular copy had a lot of annoying underlining in it.
Besides that, it was a bit of a let down: not well structured, jumping from scene to scene, and staccato dialogue.
The collection of essays at the end were actually more enjoyable.

Sep 24, 2014

It's a tough book to get into. Having never been a huge fan of dystopian worlds plus the clunky writing made me worry if I could muster enough enthusiasm for the entire thing. But I'm glad I did, because as soon as I braved through the first few pages, I kinda got into the flow of it. I loved the whole tour that the D.H.C. was giving the students along with the introduction of the various characters and the basic setup of this 'brave new world.' Another bit that I liked was the conversation between John and Mustapha at the end. Very thought provoking.

unbalancedbutfair Sep 25, 2012

An enduring political and social commentary. Perhaps one of the themes that jumped out at me most is belonging. None of the characters feel they fit, and indeed they don't fit from a more objective standpoint. The question is one of degree. That's an important, beautifully explored thought in here. Who, along the scale of "fitting in" is happiest? Are any of them? Does anyone actually fit? I have yet to see this question explored better. But that is just one of the themes. It's a good read well worth your time.

Aug 29, 2012

If you google best movie of all time you will get citizen kane among top 3 in a lot of those lists. You will have many younger people scratching their heads like me after watching it saying "really?"

While i 100% appreciate the timelessness of this book, and the Nostradamus like predictions he was able to make 70 years ago. I felt the writing style to be too out of date, disconnected story progression with huge leaps in plot with no explination.
Perhaps i am spoiled by recent day writing mechanics as a younger audience.

Jul 15, 2012

Definitely a great work of dystopian fiction, especially since it feels so ahead of its time. Despite this however, the book's second half "Brave New World Revisited" feels a little dated, perhaps because some of Huxley's original predictions didn't quite pan out when he stated they would. Both books are a worthwhile read though and I would reccommend them both.

Jul 29, 2008

Another superb portrayal of futuristic dystopian culture--a must read if you like Orwell's '1984'.

Jun 25, 2008

Another one of those great dystopia (or utopia--depending on your preference) reads. A classic.


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Jul 16, 2008

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Jun 25, 2008

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Jun 25, 2008

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