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Brave New World Revisited Paperback – September 5, 2006
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Today's readers may relate more to Huxley's vision of over medicated, over-sexed consumerism. With topics like genetics, DNA testing and stem-cell research constantly in the news... perhaps the yuppies of today aren't so far off from the Alpha's of the future.
The edition includes the novel, Brave New World, with the non-fiction work, Brave New World Revisted. This content is prefaced by a truly interesting foreword that offers some insights into Huxley's life and experiences. This edition also benefits from a psotscript section which includes interviews, commentary and a letter Huxley wrote to George Orwell (author of 1984).
Huxley wrote a masterpiece of a book in "Brave New World". "Brave New World Revisited" is a fantastic critical analysis of "BNW", how it differs with Orwell's "1984", and the world as Huxley saw it some 30 after the book debuted. His commentary and social criticism cut deep, and this cautionary tale is perhaps more applicable today than it has ever been (as evidenced in George W. Bush's reference to "BNW" in his speech concerning government funding of stem cell research).
This surely is an important book.
The amazing thing is, though, that even as such, it is a thrill to read. The dialogue is snappy, the narration rich, and the scenarios hilarious and frightening -- often at the same time. This is SF at its best. This is SF as literature.
I cannot sing the praises of "BNW" highly enough. I will waste no more of your time talking about it -- use it to read this book instead!
Recommended for: Everyone (even those who don't normally read SF)
This non-fiction book of essays, by author Aldous Huxley (1894 to 1963), examines the predictions he made in his fascinating science fiction novel written over a quarter of a century from the time he wrote this book. Huxley explains:
"When [my science fiction novel] `Brave New World'  was being written, I was convinced that there was plenty of time. The completely organized society, the...caste [or class] system, the abolition of free will by methodical conditioning, the servitude made acceptable by regular doses of chemically induced happiness, the orthodoxies drummed in by...sleep-teaching--these [threats to individual freedom] were coming all right, but not in my time...I feel a good deal less optimistic than I did when I was writing [my science fiction novel]. The prophecies made in [my science fiction novel] are coming true much sooner than I thought they would...Impersonal forces over which we have almost no control seem to be pushing us all in the direction of the Brave New Worldian nightmare...impersonal forces which are now making the world so extremely unsafe for democracy [and] individual freedom."
This is what this book does. It looks in depth at the above threats or forces to or "enemies of" individual freedom and others mentioned in Huxley's science fiction novel and applies them to the modern world.Read more ›
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The utopian society idea is one that people have been thinking about for a long time and it's interesting to see it in all it's forms.Published 12 days ago by VERONICA GARCIA
A bit dated but has some valid points in the context of Huxley's predictions in a Brave New World.Published 24 days ago by Number6
Although I did receive a copy of "Brave New World", it was not the edition advertised and did not include "brave new world revisited" as advertised.Published 1 month ago by Christopher Allen West
this is a replacement i had read this in High school and wanted a new copyPublished 1 month ago by bart
I read Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World" in high school some 30 years ago. I have re-read it and this book is a pleasantly surprising revision of that book as well as a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lorizgal
Really liked Brave New World. If you're a fan of 1984 or dystopian books this is really one you need to pick up. Somewhat fast paced and well-developed. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mark Kasniak
Most prophetic book I've ever read. I re-read it every decade and marvel at the foresight of the 1930's author in seeing the future of our society. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Phil DeProtine
Loved it. And such a pleasure to have 'revisited' included in the same volume for further reading.Published 2 months ago by Daniel Barbella