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Huxley’s bleak future prophesized in Brave New World was a capitalist civilization which had been reconstituted through scientific and psychological engineering, a world in which people are genetically designed to be passive and useful to the ruling class. Satirical and disturbing, Brave New World is set some 600 years ahead, in “this year of stability, A.F. 632”--the A.F. standing for After...
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The idea of this brave new world both disgusts and tempts me in the same breath. A sign of a good book is when it can leave you feeling so conflicted. Part of me would love to give up some freedoms and be so “happy” all the time, yet the idea of the lower class systems disgusts me, yet I understand and appreciate how the upper class systems cannot exist without them. In a way it reflects what society already is today. I’m left thinking that in this world or that, I’d be happiest spending my whole life just taking soma…
Dec 17th, 2021
This is a story that is futuristic, full of prejudice, rather disgusting how the people are controlled and manipulated -- but I wonder how different (in a less obvious way) our world is from some of that.
Mar 28th, 2020
Brave New World has quite a few ideas that I support and would like for the society to take up. I am not listing it out or else people I know are going to not want me around. Anyhow, I still felt Huxley goes a little too far with his imagination and I don't think most of his dystopian ideas are going to happen, at least in my lifetime. But that does not mean Brave New World is any less of a charming book. It blew me off multiple times - through its description of hypnopaedia (sleep teaching), controlled reproduction of humans, and travelling technologies. And I can only wonder how can someone think up things like these. It's fabulous. One star off for the ambiguous ending. Title drop - https://booktitledrops.tumblr.com/post/188343601166/brave-new-world-aldous-huxley-o-brave-new
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8th grade English and still love it!
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Really great concept (for the time) and very interesting set up. I was fairly disappointed in the overall story, but the idea of the future by Huxley is astonishing.
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Pretty good book, especially for its day! Written today it wouldn't get nearly the praise. Where can I get some soma? ;)
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I love this book and this author's vision of misfits in a "perfect society," the problems of that society and how they are addressed in the future in this "year of stability, AF 632."
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Dec 10th, 2013
One of my favorite books. This book is an interesting warning for the future. Amusing, chilling, beautiful.
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Jul 21st, 2013
Brilliant. Thought provoking and a little scary to see the similarities between Huxley's impression of a dystopian society in 1932 and our own today.
Jul 3rd, 2013
Kind of tough to follow the writing mannerisms of the author at first, but once you get into it its a very thought provoking and inner-thrilling book.
Mar 4th, 2013
Brave New World appears on these lists...
87th on The Big Read by BBC
23rd on Top 100 Books by Newsweek