Brave New World - Aldous Huxley Reviews
Description:ISBN 0099518473 / Author: Aldous Huxley / Genre: Classic Literature
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by - written on 18/05/01, updated on 18/05/01 (Very useful, 414 readings)
‘Brave New World’ is, in my opinion, the finest work of one of the finest authors of the century. The best thing about the book is that it makes you think. Not just that, of course, a lot of books challenge the intellect and imagination (every other book Huxley’s written, for a start), but ‘Brave New World’ not only makes you think, it also points you at the truth, by showing you what lies in the other direction. Only a very few works of the imagination are strong enough to do this, to fit an imperative moral message into a fictional narrative. The fact that it’s also very funny is just the icing on the cake. The book is a ... Read the complete review
by - written on 08/02/01, updated on 08/02/01 (Very useful, 1813 readings)
Written in 1932, this novel by Englishman Aldous Huxley is a true classic. It is in turn amusing, horrifying and grim. In Brave New World Huxley tells of a society in which humans are graded from Alpha-plus (highest ) to Epsilon-minus (lowest) and brought up by means of sleep-teaching from a very young age to accept their social destiny as fact. The Alphas are bred to be highly intelligent and skilled, the Epsilons are bred to be manual workers. All live together in a world of genetic modification and apparent social harmony. Uninhibited sex is considered universally constructive and positively encouraged, however, the concept of love and lasting relationships leading Read the complete review
by - written on 20/12/09 (Very useful, 62 readings)
I read this book when I was about 17, but could hardly remember anything about it, so decided to give it another go. It was much better the second time around, although slightly marred by my having read '1984' in the meantime and so drawing the predictable comparisons between the two. Brave New World is a science-fiction story set in A.F. 632- 632 'After Ford'- which I suppose would make it about A.D.2561. It's either a Utopian or Dystopian society, depending on how you look at it, in which 'mother' and 'father' have become vulgar terms, babies are decanted in bottles and fidelity is frowned upon. There is an artificial caste system ranging from the tall and ... Read the complete review
by - written on 14/02/01, updated on 14/02/01 (Very useful, 134 readings)
I can’t remember when I first read Brave New World, but I’m fairly certain it was before I was in my teens. And I’m absolutely certain that I loved it, though I didn’t realize at the time that I loved it for what, from the author’s point of view, were all the wrong reasons. To me, the brave new world of Brave New World was exactly that: brave, and brave because it was new, that is, scientific. Life-long good health, hypnopaedically guaranteed satisfaction with one’s lot in life, abundant guilt-free sex with a never-ending stream of partners, new forms of art stimulating and satiating all the senses, and a perfectly safe, perfectly ... Read the complete review
by - written on 07/04/04, updated on 07/04/04 (Very useful, 257 readings)
The term ?Dystopia? has evolved as a synonym for anti-Utopia; a Utopia referring to a theoretical ?perfect society? often portrayed in the science fiction genre. The novels Brave New World, (Aldous Huxley) We (Yevgeny Zamyatin) and Nineteen Eighty-Four (George Orwell) pioneered this sub-genre of a futuristic society that appears Utopian in principle but in which a totalitarian government controls the population, whose freedom and thoughts are inhibited. A Dystopia novel explores the author?s nightmare vision of a possible future, in the event of aspects of contemporary society becoming ... Read the complete review
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