Brave New World and Brave New World Revisited by Aldous Huxley

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16 Critic Reviews

Overall, Brave New World is a scary depiction of what could soon be our future. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this well written and thought provoking novel.
-Guardian

Synopsis

"Aldous Huxley is the greatest 20th century writer in English." —Chicago Tribune

Aldous Huxley is rightly considered a prophetic genius and one of the most important literary and philosophical voices of the 20th Century, and Brave New World is his masterpiece. From the author of The Doors of Perception, Island, and countless other works of fiction, non-fiction, philosophy, and poetry, comes this powerful work of speculative fiction that has enthralled and terrified readers for generations. Brave New World remains absolutely relevant to this day as both a cautionary dystopian tale in the vein of the George Orwell classic 1984, and as thought-provoking, thoroughly satisfying entertainment.

 

About Aldous Huxley

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Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) is the author of the classic novels Island, Eyeless in Gaza, and The Genius and the Goddess, as well as such critically acclaimed nonfiction works as The Devils of Loudun, The Doors of Perception, and The Perennial Philosophy. Born in Surrey, England, and educated at Oxford, he died in Los Angeles.
 
Published June 1, 2004 by Harper. 368 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Brave New World and Brave New World Revisited
All: 16 | Positive: 11 | Negative: 5

Guardian

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Reviewed by Aiman A. on Mar 19 2012

Overall, Brave New World is a scary depiction of what could soon be our future. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this well written and thought provoking novel.

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Guardian

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on Nov 17 2007

It's still as vibrant, fresh, and somehow shocking as it was when I first read it.

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Blog Critics

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Reviewed by Jonathan Scanlan on Jul 04 2008

Huxley's Brave New World finds itself increasingly relevant to contemporary issues that plague late capitalism.

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Suite 101

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on Aug 09 2010

Brave New World is well noted for its prescience, but aesthetically the novel has its challenges.

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Pajiba

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Reviewed by Nate S. on Jan 01 2008

What I’m left with as a reader are confusion and highly conflicting emotions...Compared to say, Orwell, Huxley’s version of authoritarian regime is positively cuddly.

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Common Sense Media

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Reviewed by Michael Berry on Jan 01 2008

Although originally a critique of social trends in the 1930s, the novel is still funny, chillling, and relevant for today's readers.

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Daily Kos

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on Dec 01 2007

Brave New World is, of course, commonly and justly paired with George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four as one of the two great English-language literary satires of totalitarian futuristic society from the first half of the 20th century.

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Crikey

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on Apr 28 2011

For a book that was apparently completed in just four months, Brave New World is almost shockingly prescient, dealing with issues of consumption, conformity and complacency.

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truthdig

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on Dec 27 2010

Orwell and Huxley were both right.

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First Things

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Reviewed by Leon R. Kass on Mar 01 2008

In our age of cultural unraveling and dissolving moral agreement, it is heartening that readers are still revolted by Huxley’s picture of the life to which, absent some moral and religious reawakening, our cherished prejudices will take us.

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HitFix

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on Aug 06 2009

I'm curious how you take something as fundamentally depressing as "Brave New World" and make a giant-budget adaptation of it.

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NY Times

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Reviewed by John Chamberlain on Jan 01 2008

It is Mr. Huxley's habit to be deadly in earnest. One feels that he is pointing a high moral lesson in satirizing Utopia. Yet it is a little difficult to take alarm.

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Teen Ink

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Reviewed by Haley McCullough on Jan 01 2008

With all of the truths about society, the vivid depictions of childhood sex, and the sad, depressing ending, Brave New World is a perfect book to read to depress yourself completely.

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Yahoo! Voices

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Reviewed by Simon Cook on Jan 07 2011

If you're looking for a book that is going to make you think and take a real hard look at society and humanity, then Brave New World is ideal - it is a true classic book that is still relevant.

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Challenging Destiny

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Reviewed by James Schellenberg on Jan 01 2008

Brave New World still works after all these years because it is so sharp and unrelenting in its satire.

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Spannered

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Reviewed by Spannered on Jan 01 2008

Bursting at the seams with ideas, thoughts and theories.

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