Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

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32 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.
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Aldous Huxley's tour de force, Brave New World is a darkly satiric vision of a "utopian" future—where humans are genetically bred and pharmaceutically anesthetized to passively serve a ruling order. A powerful work of speculative fiction that has enthralled and terrified readers for generations, it remains remarkably relevant to this day as both a warning to be heeded as we head into tomorrow and as thought-provoking, 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 July 1, 2014 by Harper Perennial. 158 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Computers & Technology, Science & Math, Education & Reference, Law & Philosophy, Religion & Spirituality, Biographies & Memoirs, Travel, Horror. Fiction
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All: 32 | Positive: 23 | Negative: 9

Guardian

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Reviewed by Aiman.A on Mar 29 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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Reviewed by Margaret Atwood on Nov 16 2007

It was Huxley's genius to present us to ourselves in all our ambiguity. Alone among the animals, we suffer from the future perfect tense...It's these double-sided imaginative abilities that produce masterpieces of speculation such as Brave New World

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Guardian

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on Feb 05 1980

This book fails both as a satire and romance because it is controlled by no inward conviction. The dread of sentiment and the habit of disillusionment are too strong for him. It is easier to exploit the possibilities of mental death than to meet the demands of creative life.

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Reviewed by Jonathan Scanlan on Jul 04 2006

All in all, Huxley's Brave New World finds itself increasingly relevant to contemporary issues that plague late capitalism. It asks us to step back from our cultural assumptions about what is worth pursuing in a civilization, and I guess that's what makes it ideal for high school curriculum.

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AnnArbor.com

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Reviewed by Melissa LR Handa on Jan 19 2010

You may like this book if… you find solace in Christ-like literary characters, you believe that science is the most likely route to dystopia, you think that overindulgence in drugs steals a person’s humanity...

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Yahoo! Voices

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Reviewed by Stetson Thacker on Jul 23 2012

Aldous Huxley's Brave New World stands out as a thought-provoking and unnerving piece of literature.

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Yahoo! Voices

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Reviewed by Lois Weisberg on Apr 03 2012

...sadly, we seem to be headed straight into Huxley's oppressive vision of the New World Order. What Huxley lacked in writing style, he made up for with his ingenious hypothetical fantasy of the future.

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Yahoo! Voices

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Reviewed by Trent Littleton on Aug 30 2011

...this novel by Aldous Huxley is a masterwork that speaks to the eerie direction society could be headed just based off of a small sample size of information. Huxley predicts things to happen in the future and several of them have actually happened.

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Yahoo! Voices

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Reviewed by Lindsay on May 25 2007

It is a scary concept to imagine, and this novel does a great job of bringing those fears to the forefront.

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Yahoo! Voices

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Reviewed by William DuBose on Nov 17 2006

The book's depiction of them is a well developed, while advanced, view of the economic morals of the society.

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Curled Up

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Reviewed by Camden Alexander on May 27 2014

Brave New World is as startling today as the day it was written because most of what Huxley postulated upon has happened to some degree or another.

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http://www.bookdrum.com

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on May 27 2014

Brave New World is not only regarded as a classic of dystopian literature, but also as a philosophical adventure into humankind – and its most likely future.

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Book Review Circle

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Reviewed by Ashmita Saha on May 27 2014

'Brave New World' is a fantastic figment of Huxley's robust imagination. It lead me to postulate on the various possibilities of the future based on our scientific advances.

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Smart B***s Trashy Books

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Reviewed by Erastes on Oct 02 2007

An amazing book, terrifying and, in these days of recreational drugs, mass manufacturing, and dependence on large cities, it still remains a great and unsettling mirror of society.

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Reading for Sanity

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Reviewed by Heather on Sep 28 2010

This book is still very relevant in today's classrooms. Young minds will thrive on the thought-provoking material brought to light within these pages. It would also make an enticing book club read with a deep discussion to follow.

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SF Book Reviews

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Reviewed by Antony on Jan 03 2014

Brave New World is an enduring masterpiece of classic science fiction, a bleak future vision as concerning today as it must have been over 80 years ago.

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Reading on a Rainy Day

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Reviewed by Athira on Oct 01 2011

I did expect a lot, and while I enjoyed the book at some level, I found more issues with it than things to praise. I do not however think that this book should be kept away from young adults, because there are a lot of things to learn from this book...

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Pretty Books

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on Apr 10 2012

It’s, again, a novel that I can see being analysed to death in a literature class, but one I hope is still incredibly exciting and thrilling even when you do have to write an essay on it.

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Reviewed by Jesse Pohlman on Mar 29 2010

While it might not have been the first Dystopian novel, it was certainly one of the most influential in the western world, and remains studied by schoolchildren the world over.

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Medieval Bookworm

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Reviewed by Meghan on Dec 19 2009

...I definitely didn’t like Brave New World as much as I’d hoped. I’m glad I borrowed it from the library and didn’t spend money on it.

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ANZ LitLovers LitBlog

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Reviewed by Lisa Hill on Nov 27 2012

This tale of a dystopian society masquerading as a utopian one is just as relevant today as it was in 1930 when it was first published, and Huxley’s gloomy prognostications in the 1946 Foreword to my elderly Penguin edition seem equally likely.

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Iris on Books

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on Sep 19 2012

Perhaps I should really just put this back on the shelf and reread it in a couple of years, in print, perhaps with a reading guide next to it, and see how I feel about it then. I kind of hope I’m not alone in this though. I’m very nervous about publishing a post saying that I just didn’t “get it”.

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Tiny Library

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Reviewed by Sam on Feb 03 2014

...not a book to pick up if you are after a strong plot; Huxley's strength is very much his ideas and the way he makes you think. Despite this, Brave New World was always enjoyable to read. I sped through it in a matter of days and can certainly see why it is a classic of the genre.

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Simply Books

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Reviewed by Simply_Megan on Jun 11 2010

...Brave New World was a pretty good dystopian novel and a good choice for research papers/summer reading/schoolwork in general.

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InkSlinger Blog

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on Mar 28 2014

...it is unsettling to think that we have men and women in places of power and influence who seem determined to think of books like 1984, Brave New World, and even The Hunger Games as blueprints rather than warnings.

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Speculiction

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Reviewed by Jesse on Jun 24 2013

In the end, few books capture the essence of humanity as well as Brave New World, let alone works of science fiction. Huxley perfectly constructing a possible future for society, he then begs the question: is this what you want?

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Reviewed by Stephen Roof on Jan 01 2010

The most fascinating aspect of Brave New World is how many of Huxley’s imagined projections have actually come into existence or have very strong parallels to our present world.

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Death, Books and Tea

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Reviewed by Nina on Jun 24 2013

Characters, I didn’t really care for them. Maybe at a push Linda and John. But those from the Britain were just a bit samey, boring and they didn’t help you get into the story at all. The plot is mainly characters questioning world views. Others may enjoy this, I didn’t.

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The Garfield Book Review

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on Jan 20 2011

It’s gripping, it’s exceedingly well-drawn and, most importantly, Mustapha Mond’s speech to the Savage toward the end actually convinces you that maybe the World State got it right after all.

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A Walking Delight

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on May 27 2013

Huxley was one of those extraordinary human beings that have what Abraham Maslow called a “superior perception of reality”.

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Reviewed by Jess on Jan 22 2010

I’m still stunned and taken aback by how powerful the final chapters of Huxley’s novel are. Reeling, I suppose one would say. I think my experience of Brave New World is going benefit immensely from multiple rereads...

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Reviewed by Stettin on Sep 30 2008

The ending is nothing short of bizarre. I’m not quite sure how I feel about it, but it’s safe to say I don’t think many people would expect it. Overall, this was an interesting book, but I don’t feel any special need to read it again.

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