'A grave warning... Provoking, stimulating, shocking and dazzling' Observer`A masterpiece of speculation...
As vibrant, fresh, and somehow shocking as it was when I first read it' Margaret Atwood'What Aldous Huxley presented as fiction with the human hatcheries of Brave New World has become fact.
The consequences are profound and, if we don't get it right, deeply disturbing' John Humphries, Sunday TimesWITH INTRODUCTIONS BY MARGARET ATWOOD AND DAVID BRADSHAWFar 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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 06/12/2007
- Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099518471
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Review by avhacker
wow this book was so interesting and fun to read!This book is sooooooooo much better than 1984 with similar aspects. Orwell's book thought that we would be overcome by fear while Huxley thought pleasure. Great read for anyone
Review by AlexNata89
Strange and makes you fell uncomfortable but I guess that's what it's supposed to do. It's a really good book; funny at times and serious at others. Everyone should read this at least once in their life.
Review by prettycurious
I feel that maybe for me Brave New World suffered because of its reputation. I felt that it just didn't live up to my expectations and was in fact a little boring...
Review by Pondlife
The objects of desire and fascination in this book make it appear quite dated: man made fabrics, zips and helicopters; but no mention of computers or modern communications. It's like one of those "how we'll be living in fifty years time" predictions that always look farcical.You can see parts of Brave New World in other novels like 1984, and logan's run. But I think Brave New World was the first of the genre, which makes it worth reading.The book is set in England, and the Britishness is unusual and faintly amusing. There's the occasional mention of Europe, and trips to far-away places, but apart from that the tone is surprisingly insular for a book set in the far future.For me, the most interesting idea in the book was that a population could be controlled not by oppression, but by keeping them comfortable and entertained.
Review by bethie-paige
I've had this book on my TBR for about 4 or 5 years now and I'm so glad I was finally able to pick it up. It was absolutely everything I thought it was going to be. I was so engrossed and literally couldn't put it down. Mindblowingly fantastic (in my opinion anyways).<br/><br/>Brave New World is about a society that is completely controlled from before birth and all the way through their lives with conditioning and scientific influence. All babies are born from test tubes and are "conditioned" (raised) in centres that assure that they will be perfect adults that fit into society absolutely. This is achieved through pre-determining their rank and how they will be conditioned such as are they going to be scientists or factory workers. They are then subjected to conditioning that moulds everyone to believe that they are living the perfect life. In my opinion this entire concept is what makes the book mind blowing because it is totalitarian to the point of dsytopian.<br/><br/>The portrayal of sex in the novel is another key point throughout this novel and I thought it was executed brilliantly. Sex is viewed differently from our perceptions; practically everyone just has sex and it is a form of entertainment. They start from an early age and no one marries or falls in love. They just have sex with someone a couple times then move onto the next one. This was so interesting to watch to play through. <br/><br/>Also the use of Soma (a drug that induces euphoria and in heavier doses, deep sleep periods called soma holidays) was incredibly well done. The citizens of this controlled world rely on the drug to get on with day to day life. It's controlled addiction.<br/><br/>The characters themselves didn't seem to be used as main plot points, except for John, the Savage, who is the contrast in the book, who attempts to prove that liberty and the happiness/pain that goes with it is superior to this controlled and conditioned civilisation. John serves as the reader's opinion on the aspects of the controlled environment because it is in our nature to view this sort of culture as disturbing and horrifying. <br/><br/>This book really brings about some important philosophical and ethical questions about whether it is right or wrong to condition (passively control) everyone to adapt to a set of ideals that brings about general happiness for everyone. It takes away our born right of freedom and liberality and forces us to be happy. What is the difference between forcing someone to be happy or sad when in the end you're still forcing someone to do something or think a certain way, when they have no actual choice? This book definitely induces these types of philosophical ponders.<br/><br/>Absolutely amazing premise and execution. Would recommend to pretty much everyone who doesn't mind a small amount of mind-fuckery.<br/>
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