Brave New World

Huxley, Aldous, 1894-1963

Paperback - 2006
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Brave New World
Huxley's classic prophetic novel describes the socialized horrors of a futuristic utopia devoid of individual freedom.

Publisher: New York ; London : Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2006
Edition: 1st Harper Perennial Modern Classics ed
ISBN: 0060850523
Branch Call Number: CLASSICS FIC H
Characteristics: 259, 20 p. ; 21 cm.


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An oldie but still controversial! Made the top 10 in 2010.

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Jan 14, 2015
  • lbarkema rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A weird book, but still worth the read. We had a great discussion on it in book club and I can see why it is required reading for many high school/college students due to it's utopian/dystopian setting. Definitely confusing at times though, but overall a good read.

Oct 03, 2014
  • DanglingConversations rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A difficult read, especially for feminists. I don't think this book will endure as a classic for another century. Modern technology, including birth control, has overtaken the plot. Huxley's references to philosophy were shallow. His sequal Brave New World Revisited makes my point, there are too many gaps in logic and poorly thought out 'consequences' of anticipated social engineering.
It would have been more helpful to have had an introduction to this book which gives us some historical context, i.e., that Huxley is spoofing a visit to America where he is appalled by the American ideal of industry and consumerism. Read with that historical lens, one can better appreciate the talent of Huxley in dreaming of the consequences of the brash new world.

Sep 24, 2014
  • nidofito rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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.

Jul 31, 2014
  • Oicks rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Very well written, displaying a captivating variation of society, but is very difficult to follow.

Jul 17, 2014
  • the_loci_method76 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I first got my hands on a copy of this book when I was 10. I enjoyed the story, but obviously being so young I didn't understand a lot of what was going on and what it meant. I read it again at 17 and I was able to realize a deeper understanding, though I in no way understand it fully.

I plan to read it again every few years because I believe that this is one of those very brilliant stories that must be read again and again as new information comes to the surface every time. I also encourage anyone who loved this book to go and read The Island. It's a great anti-thesis to this, with a utopian mood, and I believe it was Huxley's last novel.

Jul 09, 2014
  • Zenoa rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

It's a very interesting book, but confusing the first few chapters. Overall, Huxley did a good job with wide vocabulary and portraying the possible outcome of the future. But it was fun to read even though it made my head hurt =/

May 23, 2014
  • theorbys rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Written in 1931 this dystopian, if it is dystopian, novel is bristling with interesting ideas that were well ahead of their time and are very relevant to our own. Any futurology based on projected 1931 tech must be a bit clunky but forget that and just read this otherwise intellectually vibrant novel.

Nov 12, 2013
  • Mee2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Brave New World (a book I own and read more than once) is a view of a world taken by the Left, a world where religion has been overtaken by science; a perverse, singularly cold world where humans have been “freed” from conventions and norms (sexual and behavioral); a society encroached by an almighty, overreaching government. Albeit in George Orwell’s “1984” the government, Ingsoc (English Socialism), shapes a dark, brutal society, and in BNW it furnishes a mock religion, drugs and sex in order to make the emptiness of society palatable and working bearable (panem et circenses comes to mind), both societies have in common the fact that they are a product of leftwing (i.e., controlling) governments. Nothing could be farther from Conservatism and Capitalism; nothing could be closer to Liberalism and socialism. Interestingly the names of many of the characters are those of known communists/socialists: Bernard, Marx, Bakunin, Engels, Lenin(a), Benito, Trotsky, Engels. This book is a clear exposé of socialism. Anyone who would like to understand what socialism or communism is, should read this book and the following: 1984, The Gulag Archipelago, Animal Farm, The Fountainhead, and Atlas Shrugged. (Criticism of someone else’s review, always strikes me as lack of originality. And citing a wackjob really gives one credibility... yup!)

Nov 11, 2013
  • Mephistopheles rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5. Don't comment and tag on the book if you didn't read it. The Brave New World does not replace religion with science: it keeps religion in tact but venerates Henry Ford as a once-living, now-metaphysical representation of industry. The entire New World is based on Ford's assembly-line mechanics. This is very simple, it's in the book plain as day. The castes of betas, gammas, etc are both representational of social classes and the stratified work-places of capitalism. If you actually knew what Leftist positions were, you'd know that the Left argues and enacts the dissolving of these conditions and the direct ownership of the means of production by workers, which is of course NOT the case in Huxley's dystopia. Interestingly, some people mention that some characters are named after famous "communists/socialists", yet they either choose to ignore or had no idea that the same characters had names of famous capitalists, fascists (did someone seriously call Mussolini a -communist-?! lol) and other famous people. Huxley's point with this was that the names didn't mean anything to these people: the names were cut off from their origin just as human beings were cut off from their origin, being instead living commodities for and consumers of capitalist production. This is the world we live in now- soma is force fed to us. This is what makes Brave New World the greater dystopian novel. And, sorry, George Orwell was a dyed-in-the-wool socialist, who, like most other Leftists, was anti-totalitarian, which is the real position behind Animal Farm and 1984.

Oct 29, 2013
  • justslide rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A magnificent reflection on society. Very much worth reading, although very haunting.

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Dec 06, 2013
  • re_discover rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

"Five minutes later roots and fruits were abolished; the flower of the present rosily blossomed" (88).

Feb 21, 2013
  • Mee2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Sixty-two thousand four hundred repetitions make one truth."

Dec 17, 2012
  • LazyNeko rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

"What you need," the Savage went on, "is something with tears for a change. Nothing costs enough here."

Nov 25, 2012
  • EuSei rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sixty-two thousand four hundred repetitions make one truth.

Aug 03, 2012
  • Rinve rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

"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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May 02, 2012
  • victoriajoseveski rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

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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May 02, 2012
  • victoriajoseveski rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: hitting and threats are done in this book and other things

May 02, 2012
  • victoriajoseveski rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: ehh i guess if you call taking off your clothes and walking toward a dude than yup!

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