Brave New World

Brave New World

Book - 2004
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WITH INTRODUCTIONS BY MARGARET ATWOOD AND DAVID BRADSHAW

Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs all its members are happy consumers. Bernard Marx seems alone harbouring an ill-defined longing to break free. A visit to one of the few remaining Savage Reservations where the old, imperfect life still continues, may be the cure for his distress...

Huxley's ingenious fantasy of the future sheds a blazing light on the present and is considered to be his most enduring masterpiece.

Publisher: London : Vintage, 2004, c1932
ISBN: 9780099477464
0099477467
Branch Call Number: CLASS PB Huxle 3558
Characteristics: xxxviii, 237 p. --

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Ratsarecool3
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.

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Maoisdead
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.

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jessicasing21
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.

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Calvacade
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!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
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

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FVReader
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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philipriley1234
Dec 02, 2016

This dystopian classic blends a bleak but advanced future, full of new inventions and practices, with a classic plot of love, self-discovery, and tragedy. Huxley's book, although over eighty years old, still reads very fresh and entertaining. I also enjoy when some of the characters go on philosophical tangents. I can't decide if Lenina's perspective, the main female character, is dated or perhaps descriptive of the future's effect on women; she seems shallow, only coming in touch with her surface emotions. A great read, I'm interested to check out more of Aldous Huxley's work.

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Shyam_123
Jul 05, 2016

I would definitely recommend this book to someone who really likes predicting what the future would be like and for someone who is really into science and wants to create something new in the future.

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blue_dolphin_2606
May 14, 2016

Showed an almost believable account of how the history of mankind is turning out, with only a select few to resist the forced consumerism

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
May 04, 2016

Huxley is known for writing Brave new Word because for it’s time was hated on. Brave New World portrayed as a depressing future as "betrayal." Brave New World is for those with an open mind and can accept that what they are reading is from the mind of a futurist from the early 1900s. Huxley was able to predict transport methods and life styles well before they became a reality. Brave New World is an excellent novel with and without understanding the themes and concepts which make the story so great. For its time, Brave New World was seen as absurd yet eventually became a great literary contribution as classic novel.
- @LittleMissRedHead of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Had to read this book for my grade 11 english class and really didn't like it. I just felt like there wasn't a good flow within the book, like it would flip between four or five different people with different situations, then add in something else without giving any background as to what they were talking about. It also just seems so out there, like this would never happen. While I get there's a message and purpose to the book, if I didn't have to read it for school I probably wouldn't have read it. It was too confusing and didn't interest me at all and therefore took me forever to finish it. Rating 0.5 out of 5 stars.
- @Fallenangelhushhush of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Brave New World is a story with an amazing concept around a dystopian society (seemingly utopian from its citizens). The World State ultimately controls everything, and the people of the society are turned into seemingly emotionless robots doing their jobs. People are genetically manufactured in factories called “Hatcheries”, and they are controlled to be of one of five castes: Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta or Epsilon. As you could probably guess, Alphas are superior in terms of intelligence and fitness, and are designed to be leaders and high class workers. On the other end of the spectrum, Epsilons are designed to be extremely stupid and physically weak, and are designed to do labour. You might think that society would be against this, but they see the world as a utopia. The World State uses propaganda, drugs, and sex to keep the citizens happy. Since everyone is basically on a drug high all the time, nobody questions what the World State is doing, and simply thinks “A gramme is better than a damn”. The story starts focused on a character named Bernard Marx, a citizen of the World State, who is completely brainwashed and follows what the World State wants. Later in the story, however, a man named John seems to become the protagonist. He realizes that something is wrong with the World State and tries to fight against it. He discovers Shakespeare, which is banned in the World State, discovers love, and tries to pursue it. The concept of Brave New World is very eye opening, and makes you question values and morals of society. Aldous Huxley does a good job naturally expressing how dystopian the society is, while the characters mainly regard it as a utopia. I’d recommend this book to a more mature audience, and it is a good read overall if you are interested in philosophy, social aspects, or anthropology in general. I’d rate this at around 3.5 stars overall.
- @suchin of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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Shyam_123
Jul 05, 2016

"To touch the fence is instant death", "There is no escape from a Savage Reservation".

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fayekate
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.”

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nancydrew
Jun 13, 2015

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

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LibraryTeen
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.”

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re_discover
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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Shyam_123
Jul 06, 2016

This book is about a Utopian society and how the world controls people's behavior and how they control reproduction. But one person tries to understand the real meaning of life by meeting people in the Savage Reservation.

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fayekate
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.

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LibraryTeen
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.

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victoriajoseveski
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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victoriajoseveski
May 02, 2012

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

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victoriajoseveski
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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