Brave New World and Brave New World Revisited
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The astonishing novel Brave New World, originally published in 1932, presents Aldous Huxley's vision of the future -- of a world utterly transformed. Through the most efficient scientific and psychological engineering, people are genetically designed to be passive and therefore consistently useful to the ruling class. This powerful work of speculative fiction sheds a blazing critical light on the present and is considered to be Huxley's most enduring masterpiece.

Following Brave New World is the nonfiction work Brave New World Revisited, first published in 1958. It is a fascinating work in which Huxley uses his tremendous knowledge of human relations to compare the modern-day world with the prophetic fantasy envisioned in Brave New World, including threats to humanity, such as overpopulation, propaganda, and chemical persuasion.

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  • perfect
    This book arrived well before the expected date and was a great buy. I will be buying from them again....more info
  • aldous was well ahead of his time
    I am not usually overly stimulated by books but this one changed all that. i found this book to be one of the most intrigueing books i ever had the pleasure of reading. i found aldous to be light-years ahead of his time. the things he wrote about in this book were almost prophecy. if you read no other books read this one it will give you a new outlook on society as you know it....more info
  • Mood controlling pills and uniformity
    As I watch the commercials for Zoloft and other psychiatric drugs that are frequently encouraged to the general public today thanks to advertising, I can't help but smell the essence of the stew descibed by Huxley in this wonderful book simmering in our own modern kitchen.
    It is controversal to advertise tobacco but it is perfectly suitable to make the drugs once used to control the mentally unstable as freely marketed as pepsi.
    There is much to be learned from this book, the lack of individuality and the pride of ignorance that it shown but the general populace when they finally succeed in causing the young "savage" to lose his cool.
    You could easily rewrite this book as a modern day portrayal of Los Angeles without having to make many changes.
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  • Interesting
    I decided to read this book because of its fame not because of some sort of requirement. After reading it, I found that it related to society in a completely different way than did 1984.

    Brave New World represented the modern viewpoints surrounding sex, monogamy, drugs, and the popular culture much better so than 1984, but it did not strike a vivid enough satire for me. The ending is not in tune with what I picture of a satirical future government. This book was enjoyable, yet not as realistic as a warning nor as enjoyable as 1984....more info
  • Entheogens: Professional Listing
    "Brave New World Revisited" has been selected for listing in "Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments: An Entheogen Chrestomathy" http://www.csp.org/chrestomathy...more info
  • They don't get much better than this!
    You *MUST* read this book!

    Huxley wrote a masterpiece of a book in "Brave New World". "Brave New World Revisited" is a fantastic critical analysis of "BNW", how it differs with Orwell's "1984", and the world as Huxley saw it some 30 after the book debuted. His commentary and social criticism cut deep, and this cautionary tale is perhaps more applicable today than it has ever been (as evidenced in George W. Bush's reference to "BNW" in his speech concerning government funding of stem cell research).

    This surely is an important book.

    The amazing thing is, though, that even as such, it is a thrill to read. The dialogue is snappy, the narration rich, and the scenarios hilarious and frightening -- often at the same time. This is SF at its best. This is SF as literature.

    I cannot sing the praises of "BNW" highly enough. I will waste no more of your time talking about it -- use it to read this book instead!

    Recommended for: Everyone (even those who don't normally read SF)...more info

  • brilliant
    Brave New World is a prophetic look into the future. Huxley's book exemplifies a version of new world order where his ideas are brilliantly foretold within in the confines of the story. His creativity and imaginitive mind has made a book of brilliance....more info
  • Extremely Complex Theme
    After reading this book one must think who is correct, John ot the inhabitants of the Brave New World. One can say that it is a false happiness that the people of Brave New World feel but how can you condemn them if it is the greatess happiness they have ever known or felt. John bleieves true happiness must be accomplished after one has suffered and fought for their own happiness instead of having it handed it to them. It raises the question; If you could be permanently hooked connected to wires that would make you have endless pleasure and happiness for the rest of you life would you? Even if it meant you would be strapped into a chair for the rest of your life? After reading this book the question should be re-evaluated. Personally I disagree with John and I would sit it that chair....more info
  • Satirical Take on Utopia
    This novel is provocative. Why? For one, what do you think of genetically enhancing embryos? And technology interfering with human life?

    The story centers around Bernard Marx, a man who doesn't fit into his strictly controlled world. Although he is regarded as one of the special ones (An Alpha) he's not happy. He goes on vacation to New Mexico, (a non-chemically-controlled state) with Lenina, a woman who likes things the way they are.
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  • Excellent piece of work
    This book is a terrefic piece of work and it always amazes me when I think that this book was written nearly 70 years ago. If you do not fear Big Brother, Genetics, and other such things you will after you read this.

    I was forced into reading this in High School...and thank God I was. This is an absolutely amazing piece of classic writing that seems frighteningly close to the not so distant furture....more info

  • A serious, intellectual book.
    I would reccomend this book to a serious reader who is looking for intellectual stimulus. It is not a science fiction thriller, and if you are not prepared to consider challenging ideas, I would not. "Brave New World" discusses a negative utopia where humans are slaves to thier "conditioning" or a pavlovian effect used to control them. All their wants are fulfilled but in reality they are no more than biological inanamate objects. What makes this book so impressive is that was written in 1931, but predicts many modern human developments including mass media and "the invasion of privacy", biological engineering, and mood-altering drugs....more info
  • Thought-provoking!
    This book was far from an easy read, but well worth it. I enjoy books such as this one because it raises many ethical questions about society and technology, etc. Huxley creates a perfect world in which people can do whatever they want and are content with life... but at what cost? Does it even matter if they don't know what they're missing? Is it worth it? Excellent and thought-provoking....more info
  • A gramme is better than a damn, Aldous
    It's not as pessimistic as "1984" nor as cleverly metaphorical as "Animal Farm", but I hold both "Brave New World" and its cousin, the non-fiction analysis of Huxley's text ("Brave New World Revisited") higher in my esteem than either.

    Huxley himself was a brilliant man (what else can u expect, descending from Darwin's Bulldog himself?), and BNW is a brilliant novel. It's my favourite kind of book, just bursting at the seams with ideas and thoughts and theories, and told craftily through the eyes of a cast of intriguing characters.

    Because, aside from being a brilliant novel, such fantastic three-dimensional creations as Bernard Marx, Helmholtz Watson, Lenina Crowne and John the Savage will win you over forever. That's what makes this prophetic combination of BNW and BNWR so effective; the first shows you a startling vision of the future, and how it affects a wonderful cast you'll come to love; the second is a thought-provoking analysis written some years later, considering just how far the world has progressed towards achieving that 'utopia'. All kids should read this book at some stage. After all, we're the future (apparently), and this is a memorable example of what we do NOT want it to become....more info

  • BNW re-explained....
    Be aware that this isn't a sequel to BNW but an explanation of the dangerous mentioned in it, dangers that grow more real with every passing year. Able commentary on issues of conformity, identity, and thought control....more info
  • Magnificent
    And prophetic, are the words that best describe Huxley's work in "A Brave New World". When you read the explanation to all psychological, economical, philosophical and social factors that lead to the creation of this book, in "Brave New World Revisited" you'll not only learn about all those subjects in great extent, but you'll realize how close to truth his fiction is. I am amazed at the genius of such creation in the first half of the twentieth century. Huxley's scientifical background is perfectly well constructed and perfectly well explained, A must read for anyone who calls himself literate....more info
  • The Dictatorial Happiness
    I would like to keep this short. We all know what the book is about: the bankruptcy of the individual. It's just that most people seem to miss a point: the society depicted in this book is obsessed with being happy and banning every form of discomfort out of their lives. Now there are certain people in this novel who rise up against this society but, I think, their motives are misunderstood: most people seem to think these dissenters are fighting for the right to be free so they can be happy in their own individual way. Actually they are fighting for the right to be unhappy, to suffer. For the greatest freedom you can enjoy as an individual is the right to be your miserable self....more info
  • Brave New World
    "'We also predestine and condition. We decant our babies as socialized human beings, as Alphas or Epsilons, as future sewage workers or future...' He was going to say 'future world controllers,' but correcting himself, said future directors of World Hatcheries.'" Brave New World is a book about the future of Earth. Although Aldous Huxley wrote it around 1932, it seems like a very realistic forecast for what the future will bring. Already society is becoming more and more like the one that Huxley created. Mindless forms of entertainment are everywhere, things like bad movies and games. The world is becoming more crowded than ever before; the population will double in not too long. Brave New World is very much like Fahrenheit 451. But instead of total chaos, there is over organization. The destination of a person is decided long before they are even born. Babies are conditionedto fit their social group, Alpha through Epsilon. People in higher social groups get more respect and have better jobs than those of the lower. Despite how exciting this book may seem, my interest level was taken on a roller coaster ride throughout the story because of the wavering quality in which it was written, and the ending was not so good as it could have been. However, I highly recommend it to anyone concerned about the future, and it is very important to society in order to prevent a world like the one in Brave New World from developing....more info
  • cautionary
    Welcome to a future where everybody's happy. Independent thought and feelings have been banished and genetic engineering, brain washing and drugs keep the population docile and comfortable. But several characters dare to ask the question, "Wouldn't you like to be free to be happy in your own way?"

    Huxley has isolated the fundamental conflict in Human History--the conflicting impulses towards Security and Freedom. In the Brave New World, the impulse towards Security has won and there is no Freedom.

    The problem for advocates of Freedom is that it includes the freedom to be unhappy. For this reason, many find it unattractive and the fight for Freedom is always an uphill struggle. At the time that Huxley and George Orwell were writing, it seemed entirely possible that Socialism, Communism & Fascism and all of the ism's that promise Security would vanquish Freedom. We are fortunate to live at a time when Freedom is resurgent, but Brave New World is a cautionary tale about what's at stake in the struggle.

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  • An excellent book that questions government control
    I am a high school student who studied this book for an English independent study. It is one of the most intriguing books I have ever read. It is written as a futuristic prediction of what the world might be like if the progess of science and governmental control are not checked. The theory of the government in Brave New World is that in order to ensure a stable society (Utopia) the individual must not exist. I strongly recommend this book as it provokes serious critical thought on the part of the reader....more info
  • An insightful look at oppressive society
    In "Brave New World" (BNW) Aldous Huxley describes a controlled, class-structured society that uses eugenics, mental control by sleep conditioning, sexual freedom without attachment, and the euphoric drug "soma" to mold its members into bland compliance. Huxley writes with a fine dry humor, but BNW's overall tone is oppressive.

    There are similarities between Huxley's BNW and today's society: eugenically-controlled population classes versus today's racial classes; mental control by sleep conditioning versus today's social conditioning by music, movies, and television; and soma versus today's drug Ecstasy. Yet Huxley's BNW description is incomplete. BNW lacks an economic basis. Huxley discusses no BNW societal goals beyond survival of *society*. Poverty exists in BNW but Huxley presents society from an affluent viewpoint -- the lives of BNW's poorer members are not chronicled. And although BNW was written before the existence of HIV/AIDS, Huxley does not discuss syphilis and gonorrhea (the sexually transmitted diseases in 1931) when he presents BNW's sexual freedom without attachment.

    In "Brave New World Revisited" (BNWR) Huxley reexamines BNW in terms of society in 1958. Here Huxley examines the methods used by Hitler, Stalin and psychology to mold and control human minds and behavior. Huxley predicts that overpopulation will require excessive control of individuals in order to ensure society's existence. Huxley also predicts that excessive control will replace individual initiative and freedom with (universally medicated) compliant mentalities. Based upon 1958's society, Huxley states that society *is* unstoppably headed toward the excessively controlled Brave New World.

    Huxley's tone within BNWR is pedantic. Yet given Huxley's post-World War II viewpoint plus his belief that society is unstoppably replacing individual freedom with societal control, writing with a fine dry wit would have been inappropriate....more info