Brave New World

Brave New World

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First published 70 years ago, the classic, prophetic novel capturing the socialized horrors of a futuristic utopia remarkably explores the now-timely themes of cloning, individual creativity and freedom, and the role of science, technology, and drugs in humankind's future. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.


Now more than ever: Aldous Huxley's enduring masterwork must be read and understood by anyone concerned with preserving the human spirit

"A masterpiece. ... One of the most prophetic dystopian works." Wall Street Journal 

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


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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: 9780060850524
Characteristics: 259, 20 p. ; 21 cm


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May 04, 2018

This famous novel was published in 1932, pre-WW2, pre-television, pre-personal computer, pre-Internet, pre-cell phone, and perhaps it was meant to warn us what a perfectionist, totalitarian society with access to reproduction controls, would be. The liberalism of sex for pleasure only not primarily for family, was likely very shocking at that time. People may have been more liberal than they’d admit, but today sex before marriage or even pregnancy without marriage is hardly earth-shaking. I am reminded of Metropolis with its class distinctions and wholly outdated ideas of where society would be in the future, but I liked it for an historic view of that kind of writing, which is contemporaneous with this novel. But BNW I found it not very interesting, perhaps for the writing style, predictions, down-beat ending…I am not sure. Granted that so much of contemporary science fiction is likely way off but more engaging, I still cannot give this one a “pass.” Students of literature might find that the thoughts of the writer, his style, and predictions are worth the reading.

May 03, 2018

One of my favorite books of all time. Very shocking to see such similarities in what thinkers, like Aldous Huxley predicted to what happened in our modern epitome. An great ode, along with satires like Animal Farm and the infamous 1984 on our changing technological world.

Mar 23, 2018

I read this for the "a political book" part of my 2018 reading challenge. I didn't love it, I seem to remember it being more interesting in school. I usually like dystopian fiction but this still seemed unrealistic.

Jan 24, 2018

Pertinent to the way we are moving as a society, zero self sacrifice, the right to happiness over all else, extreme consumerism, and a total lack of morality in terms of sexuality.

Sep 02, 2017

This book took some getting used to. A main protagonist does not appear until around page 42, and then the book switches focus halfway in. Despite this, I found it a haunting and enjoyable read. The way the government uses consumerism to control its population can be seen even now. The need to "Buy new clothes" is conditioned into every citizen's brain, and the drug soma keeps them content and not realizing the real problem in the world. The only families exist in reservations where citizens of the World State can visit them. The ending is very disturbing, and will leave you thinking for a long while afterward.

Aug 04, 2017

Everybody knows that Brave New World and 1984 are the cornerstone of dystopian future novels, but I feel like 1984 regularly receives more attention. I absolutely love Brave New World, and think that, if anything, our current society is in a situation more similar to the over-consumption in Brave New World than the authoritarian state of 1984.

Aug 04, 2017

Brave New World is party a social commentary, partly a story that the author, Aldous Huxley, used to express his ideas about society. It ends up being either an old dystopian, or utopian story, depending on your point of view. Throughout the book, Huxley uses some characters and settings to explore “problems” that he finds in 1932 society. It appears everyone in the book is given a choice between civilized servitude and primitive ignorance. Upon looking closer, we realize that it is more an allowance of sorts, and not a choice. This is one of the struggles that the character’s face: some do not agree with the way that society is run, but they struggle to pull away and truly see everything that is wrong with the community.

Jun 02, 2017

Okay. If you want to see what someone accurately predicted about our present world circumstance from 60 years ago this book is amazing. I almost fell out of my chair reading it for some of the astounding predictions Huxley made in 1958 that are spot on about how society has changed since then. He did not use vague generalities but direct detailed predictions based on his remarkable, almost supernatural, understanding of human nature. Do not read this if you have grave doubts about our future now...for human over population and the growth of mega billionaires makes our destiny very dark indeed. But, if you want to be prepared for what is going to happen to the human experience on planet Earth next, read this book. Nostradamus can step aside...he is a pure amateur compared to Huxley!

May 03, 2017

An incredible read. The antithesis of 1984. This novel is a complete masterpiece. Set far into the future, the world’s values seem to have transformed to the point where one would not even be able to recognize the society in Brave New World as an offshoot of our own. Sex and drugs are pervasive, but not because of what you might think. These people are not trying to rebel or do anything wrong in general – they are following conventions. As surprising as it sounds, drugs, sex, and other forms of pleasure are actually used to control society and quell any desire to rebel. Their philosophy is simple – maximize pleasure to forget life’s miseries. Rating: 4.5/5
- @JuiceboxZ of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Aldous Huxley’s 1931 classic Brave New World is probably one of the best-known dystopian novels of all time, and for good reason. It describes topics of distraction, conditioning, socialization and the role of the outsider, and the struggle between happiness and freedom. The first word that jumps to mind (besides brilliant) is scary. Really scary. I didn’t feel uncomfortable the way I did with 1984, but I did feel very creeped out in a much subtler way. While 1984 is a very in-your-face injustice, Brave New World has a more quiet way of getting under your skin and making you realize something is wrong with the picture. There are many struggles of morals and ethics represented in the story and characters, and while this book is pretty divisive, I stand on the side of liking it. There were things I agreed with and things I really didn’t that Huxley evidently believed in, but I appreciated this book because it gave me a chance to struggle with the issues for myself. Even though I didn’t always agree with Huxley about what makes a dystopia, there is no doubt many of the elements of the World State are very frightening in a lot of ways.. Pair with 1984 and/or Handmaid’s Tale for best results.
- @freckleface675 of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Apr 29, 2017

This was an interesting enough look at a Utopian world. The citizens are "decanted", not born; their role in life is pre-determined, they lead lives that include very little unhappiness & discontent. There is plenty of sex and drugs, easy work, no hunger, no problems.
The story, however, is pretty simplistic; the dialogue sometimes is stilted; the characters say & do things that seem out of character for them as a means of making the story go in the direction required; the characters are shallow and 2-dimensional (but, perhaps that's the society being portrayed?).
The plot itself wasn't that interesting to me either. There wasn't much action other than Soma "vacations", talk of sex, going to the "Feelies"......but then, this is the society that Huxley is portraying; this is as deep as it gets....for a lifetime. I thought the Huxley was trying to engage us in the society but it's not an exciting society and boredom starts to build.

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Aug 29, 2015

“Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly -- they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.”

Jun 13, 2015

"Did you eat something that didn't agree with you?" asked Bernard. The Savage nodded "I ate civilization."

May 30, 2015

“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.”

Dec 06, 2013

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

Mee2 Feb 21, 2013

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

EuSei Nov 25, 2012

Sixty-two thousand four hundred repetitions make one truth.

Rinve Aug 03, 2012

"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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Aug 29, 2015

From the lonely man to the man with all the attention! This book is a roller coaster. From a mad society to insane customs, an unlikely relationship forms. Intelligence grows, yet dangers arise. Unexpected characters come with crazy results.

May 30, 2015

In a future where babies are created in tubes, sex is the main pastime, everyone is always happy (or on soma), hypnotism is considered learning, and there can be 96 people created from a single embryo, we follow the lives of a few upper class citizens (and one other) as they discover what it means to be different in a world where everything is the same.

May 02, 2012

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.

FavouriteFiction 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

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

May 02, 2012

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

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