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Brave New World

Huxley, Aldous, 1894-1963 (Book - 2006 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Brave New World


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Huxley's classic prophetic novel describes the socialized horrors of a futuristic utopia devoid of individual freedom.
Authors: Huxley, Aldous, 1894-1963
Statement of Responsibility: Aldous Huxley
Title: Brave new world
Publisher: New York ;, London :, Harper Perennial Modern Classics,, 2006
Edition: 1st Harper Perennial Modern Classics ed
Characteristics: 259, 20 p. ;,21 cm.
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Report This 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!)

Report This Nov 11, 2013
  • Mephistopheles rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

http://www.huxley.net/studyaid/bnwbarron.html 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.

Report This 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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  • stewstealth rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The author's take on a centrally planned society which uses drugs in lieu of violence to provide a "Utopian" life for it's inhabitants. Ahead of it's time in 1934 this novel has been more appreciated in the years following its release. Recommended for young adults on up.

Report This Mar 20, 2013
  • Yellisa rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is one of my first dips into Dystopian literature. It's intricately crafted with lots of facets of human nature, society, and worth shoved in. Makes you think about a lot of the more difficult questions in life. Is also a little too disturbing in places to fully enjoy, but I have no doubt that that's the point. Would recommend this, but with caution.

There's a reason this one's a classic, absolutely brilliant.

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

Something to think about: a society kept in order by a constant state of shallow happiness where people are conditioned to be content with their class because they're incapable of understanding anything different. More a thinking exercise than a story.

Report This Oct 21, 2012
  • efmkmom rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Brave New World is nothing short of brilliant. While many hold up 1984 as the definitive dystopian novel, I respectfully disagree. Orwell created a house of horrors more relevant to the wide-spread fear of totalitarianism when 1984 was written. However, with the collapse of the Soviet Union and the rise of the mass-consumption, mass-media culture full of glitzy ads and airbrushed models all promising a good time, the future predicted in Brave New World has become incredibly apposite to our modern times. It is a book that everyone should read.

Brave New World is an excellent novel that leaves the reader wondering about our society's future.

Report This Aug 05, 2012
  • VForce rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This book will open your eyes on how the the society works and what is used to control the people

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  • 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.

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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  • victoriajoseveski rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

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  • 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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Report This 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).

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  • Mee2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

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  • 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."

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  • EuSei rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sixty-two thousand four hundred repetitions make one truth.

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  • SummerNightGirl 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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