Brave New World

Brave New World

And, Brave New World Revisited

Paperback - 2007
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Huxley's classic is bookended by the original introduction by Margaret Atwood and his fascinating non-fiction work, written in 1958, in which he compares the modern-day world with the dystopian fantasy he envisioned in Brave New World .

Nearly thirty years after the publication of Brave New World , Huxley checked the progress of his prophecies against reality in Brave New World Revisited and argued that many of his fictional fantasies had grown uncomfortably close to the truth. Sharing his views on issues such as overpopulation, propaganda, the art of selling and brainwashing, Huxley gives a vigorous, astute analysis of the nature of power and authority in modern society. Brave New World Revisited is an urgent and powerful appeal for the defence of individualism still alarmingly relevant today.
Publisher: Toronto : Vintage Canada, 2007.
Edition: Vintage Canada ed. --
ISBN: 9780307356550
0307356558
Branch Call Number: FIC Huxle
Characteristics: xvi, 407 p.
Alternative Title: Brave new world revisited.

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VForce
Aug 05, 2012

As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods; they kill us for their sport.

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VForce
Aug 03, 2012

Each of us, of course, goes through life inside a bottle. But if we happen to be Alphas, our bottles are, relatively speaking, enormous.

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VForce
Aug 03, 2012

People are happy; they get what they want, and they never want what they can't get; they are so conditioned that they practically can't help behaving as they ought to behave.

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VForce
Aug 02, 2012

“How many goodly creatures are there here! How beautious mankind is! O brave new world..."

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VForce
Jul 28, 2012

The purpose of life was not the maintenance of well-being, but some intensification and refining of consciousness, some enlargement of knowledge.

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VForce
Jul 14, 2012

The mind that judges and desires and decides - made up of these suggestions. But all these suggestions are OUR suggestions! Suggestions from the state.

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VForce
Jul 14, 2012

All conditioning aims at that: making peope like their unescapable social destiny.

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kokosowe
Jul 16, 2008

"One of the principal functions of a friend is to suffer (in a milder and symbolic form) the punishments that we should like, but are unable, to inflict upon our enemies."

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Jun 25, 2008

Community, Identity, Stability

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1aa
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.

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nidofito
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.

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macido
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.

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mitch_beattie
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.

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patrol_barry
Jul 29, 2008

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

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pie
Jun 25, 2008

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

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Jun 25, 2008

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