Brave New World

Brave New World

Book - 1998 | 1st Perennial Classics ed
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Publisher: New York : HarperPerennial, 1998, c1932
Edition: 1st Perennial Classics ed
ISBN: 9780060929879
0060929871
Branch Call Number: Fiction HUXLEY,A
Characteristics: xvii, 268 p. ; 21 cm

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emilyhart66
Oct 05, 2020

A world that is engineered for perfection needs a contrasting element to really seem perfect. The contrasts are sometimes sharp and sometimes subtle but they are always present. Like Shakespeare's play The Tempest which provides the title Brave New World, this novel has it's own Prospero and its Caliban.

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Green_Giraffe_29
Sep 22, 2020

This book legitimately blew my mind. Huxley did a fantastic job creating a futuristic world where the reader feels familiar yet uncomfortable at the same time; for me, that especially impacted my view of the characters. Definitely for more mature audiences (16+).

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alecbussott
Aug 19, 2020

Hypnotic and dizzying. A dystopia to rival Orwell's 1984.

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weekeszs
Jul 07, 2020

Prophetic.

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DuendeCaprichosa
Apr 26, 2020

This book takes the idea of 'big brother' to another realm. It blends together the social complexities of young romance and the lack of creative or individual freedoms as a result of a matrix-like society. The story will make you uncomfortable and reflect on the current state of the world.

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onepandella
Apr 18, 2020

This follows an array of characters who live in a dystopian world where everyone is happy.

4/5: I can't imagine all the research that went into this book. The best way I can put it is that this book is big brain. It has a lot of intellectual thoughts that I didn't really expect going into it, but that I welcomed. At first I was introduced to a world that's very inhuman and artificial, but by the end there were a lot of abstract and philosophical thoughts that questioned everything we know about life and happiness. It's truly a masterpiece, filled with details that I don't understand. I like this book.

What I Take Away: The purpose of life is the pursuit of purpose. Is happiness about believing we were made for something greater? Or is happiness about simply maintaining the body? Is it worth sacrificing art and God and suffering to be in a stable state of happiness? Are we better of being stable or instable?

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amanoletters99
Feb 18, 2020

Mmmm soma makes everything seem so wonderful. Now we have valium and other great drugs that numb everything we're suppose to feel. Here's to the future!!

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doshaughnessy16
Nov 26, 2019

I do not recommend this book to any young adult or especially children!!! This book is a dystopian view of a hedonistic world culture. If this were a movie (which apparently it was back in the 80's) it would be rated "R" or very close to the unheard of anymore "NC17." The fact that this book was semi-recommended by a local Christian pastor that I respect, without fair warning to its content, is shocking. Sure I can see some vague similarities to our culture today, when it comes to wanting to do what feels good without dealing with the consequences of ones own actions. But to say this describes our world today is a far cry from reality and not worth picking up for that reason. I stopped reading the book halfway through as I did not care for the mental images it was creating in my mind or the immoral filth it talked about, nor do I believe I am missing out on anything that warranted me completing the book. I get it's fiction, that doesn't mean the thoughts it evokes aren't real. You've been warned...

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tadasani
Nov 07, 2019

Truly enjoyed the book. I usually revel in dystopian stories and books about out of this world or underworld activities. Read it twice in a row, front to back. Upon second reading picked up the smaller things that can be missed on first reading. Many comments here made about how the book applies to our life now, etc. I agree with it all. What I can add, that no one else has yet, is that there are 3 separate pages where Huxley speaks of the experience of taking the drug "soma". I had heard a song with the strange and moody words that describe the experience on a song, and then found out that the words were taken from Huxley's book. Check it out and see what you think. The music helps to express the full effect of the stages of soma intoxication from "one gramme for a weekend" to a possible overdosed "dark eternity on the moon". The name of the group is G.O.L. The song is called "Soma Holiday". The album "Sensations of Tone".

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Skippy_45
Sep 13, 2019

Even though this book was written in 1931 there are many themes that apply to the world we live in today. From the over sexualization of all of our media, to the over dependence of the government to solve our problems, and over reliance of drugs to provide a basic reason for life.

This book is about a man (Bernard Marx) in a corrupt society trying to be individual and the conflicts related to these now despised ideals. The other characters consist of mindless people who follow the rules given or other rebels similar to Bernard. One of those characters being a man born on an Indian reservation one where he grew up knowing of the "Brave New World" via his mother.

It very Shakespearian how the whole thing plays out in the end. Also. DO NOT READ IF TOPICS OF SUIDICE OR DEATH OFFEND OR TRIGGER YOU IN ANY WAY. Theres a good bit of that in here not to spoil anything.

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rabios
Apr 27, 2019

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Aug 11, 2012

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jeff1885
Oct 11, 2018

best part on page 103: "... infectious disease... priest.... venomous lizards."

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Shyam_123
Jul 05, 2016

"To touch the fence is instant death", "There is no escape from a Savage Reservation".

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katedominique
Aug 29, 2015

“Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly -- they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.”

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nancydrew
Jun 13, 2015

"Did you eat something that didn't agree with you?" asked Bernard. The Savage nodded "I ate civilization."

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LibraryTeen
May 30, 2015

“But I don't want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin.”

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re_discover
Dec 06, 2013

"Five minutes later roots and fruits were abolished; the flower of the present rosily blossomed" (88).

Mee2 Feb 21, 2013

"Sixty-two thousand four hundred repetitions make one truth."

EuSei Nov 25, 2012

Sixty-two thousand four hundred repetitions make one truth.

Rinve Aug 03, 2012

"O brave New World with all such people in it"- John the Savage and The Tempest by william ShakeSpear according to the book

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LazyNeko
May 23, 2012

"What you need," the Savage went on, "is something with tears for a change. Nothing costs enough here."

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Shyam_123
Jul 06, 2016

This book is about a Utopian society and how the world controls people's behavior and how they control reproduction. But one person tries to understand the real meaning of life by meeting people in the Savage Reservation.

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katedominique
Aug 29, 2015

From the lonely man to the man with all the attention! This book is a roller coaster. From a mad society to insane customs, an unlikely relationship forms. Intelligence grows, yet dangers arise. Unexpected characters come with crazy results.

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LibraryTeen
May 30, 2015

In a future where babies are created in tubes, sex is the main pastime, everyone is always happy (or on soma), hypnotism is considered learning, and there can be 96 people created from a single embryo, we follow the lives of a few upper class citizens (and one other) as they discover what it means to be different in a world where everything is the same.

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victoriajoseveski
May 02, 2012

Aldous Huxley predicted however many years into the future with this book Brave New World.
the book (Brave New World) is about a perfect dystopia. the different societys/ social classes. In this book drugs, sex and artificial intelligents are apart of society.

FavouriteFiction Sep 30, 2009

In the world of the future regular sex and drugs are a part of life and babies are not born but created - designed for the type of work they will do as adults.

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victoriajoseveski
May 02, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: hitting and threats are done in this book and other things

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victoriajoseveski
May 02, 2012

Sexual Content: ehh i guess if you call taking off your clothes and walking toward a dude than yup!

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