Brave New World

Paperback, 310 pages

English language

Published Nov. 7, 1956 by Modern Library.

ISBN:
9780060929879
OCLC Number:
20156268
Goodreads:
5129

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4 stars (35 reviews)

Originally published in 1932, this outstanding work of literature is more crucial and relevant today than ever before. Cloning, feel-good drugs, antiaging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media -- has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 AF (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity. A powerful work of speculative fiction that has enthralled and terrified readers for generations, Brave New World is both a warning to be heeded and thought-provoking yet satisfying entertainment.

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Another Authoritarianism dystopian classic. A difficult read however.

3 stars

Read this immediately afte reading the Orwell classic, 1984. I admit, I struggled reading this book. The method of story telling, with the switching of character perspective was difficult to follow. The idea of the book became far more clearer as the book progressed and became clear especially towards the end.

However the ideas presented in the book and their demonstration was thought provoking.

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4 stars

I have never read this book, but was aware of it as a classic of science fiction and of English literature. It is an amazing work, especially considering the context (1932!). My previous education in political theory, philosophy and interwar history made me appreciate BNW on many different levels. I would have loved to study this book in a classroom environment. I feel like there is so much more in there. Thus, I am off to look for reviews and analyses to help me process the book.

A word about how I read this. I started with the audio version as narrated by Michael York. First of all, what a pick for a narrator! I mean, Logan's Run! And he does a brilliant performance. Unfortunately, I think the structure of sections in the book do not lend themselves to the audio format. So I got the eBook to read as …

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Subjects

  • Passivity (Psychology) -- Fiction
  • Genetic engineering -- Fiction
  • Totalitarianism -- Fiction
  • Collectivism -- Fiction

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