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1.0 out of 5 stars might be the worst book ever written, January 17, 2005
This review is from: Brave New World (Paperback)
huxley's brave new world is a story about the future world and how messed up it will be. 'civilization', as it is called in the novel, is all about sacrificing art, love, and beauty for artificial happiness.

the plot was slow to pick up from the start [and, actually, it never did pick up] and very confusing. it was also a very dirty book and a dark portrayal of the future world. in the novel, all humans are created in embryo factories, babies are hypnotized and given electric shocks, children are taught erotic play, and everyone is constantly high on a drug named soma. the book's vivid descriptions of sex, drugs, and violence really make you wonder what kind of man huxley was.

aside from my personal prejudices, the story itself was pretty lame in that NOTHING HAPPENED. what huxley provided us with was a 300-page description of the "future".

not much of a satire and not very witty either.
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Initial post: Sep 23, 2009 7:19:00 AM PDT
Niall Begley says:
I wholeheartedly agree.

To think that someone would ever write a fictional book hypothesizing a dystopian future is completely preposterous! Next thing you know, they'll have an entire genre of books devoted to this subject!

As an American conservative Jesus Christ loving Christian, this book offended me. Sex? Check. Drugs? Check. Violence? Check. Obviously by writing about these things, Huxley is showing, without a doubt, that he is a huge supporter of all three, and encourages you to incorporate these vices into your everyday life. Won't someone think of the children?

Also, no explosions? So Boring!

Posted on Sep 23, 2009 12:01:20 PM PDT
Jimbo says:
For real. Despite acclaim for this book that has stood the test of time, the average of four stars out of a total of customer reviews which totals 754 at the time of this comment and despite the eerily prescient depictions in this book of the potential horrors that await humanity and the fact that this book is required reading in many schools, this book struck me as ridiculously unrealistic and vulgar, a heathen-istic nod to premarital sex, drug use and violence with obvious subversive tones of Paganism. Compared to other fine works such as "The Giving Tree", which was good despite the fact that it smacked of surrealism, "Dr. Suess: Hop On Pop," which soared despite its obvious overtones of youthful disobedience, and "Everybody Poops," which did fine work despite its portrayal of fecal matter as a natural thing despite the fact that God merely created poop as a punishment for Adam and Eve's blatant disregard for the rules set before them, this book is an absolute abomination and should be banished from all countries immediately. I do not think I am alone in this.

God Bless America!

Posted on Sep 23, 2009 2:09:15 PM PDT
workright says:
You are right, "it might be the worst book ever written", but who really knows these things??? Someone who writes in paragraphs but never a capital letter unless YELLING, that's who. It was a dirty book, and written for whom? A world with an estimated population of almost seven billion. It's like we are dirty or something, reproducing at every turn. And drugs... Why Huxley... WHY? Shouldn't this story have had more rainbows and unicorns? Shouldn't it?

Posted on Sep 23, 2009 6:02:39 PM PDT
wtf says:
People. This book is obviously effective. Any good satire will inspire discussion. I think it's okay to be disgusted and appalled at the rather vulgar things in the novel. That reaction is intended. If you look at our world, there are a LOT of people high all the time, self-medicating to escape a reality of their own creation. There are a LOT of young people having sex. There are "test tube" babies created outside of a mothers womb. Children are taken to therapy and medicated (ADHD, etc) before they even get to middle school, and violence is a present issue everywhere in today's society. Take a look at the news (war, etc) and television (CSI, etc). Violence, sex, drugs: all are present in varying quantities in today's society. Shouldn't this be addressed? Shouldn't people be talking about it, rather than waving their hands and faking outrage to try to protect their own misconceptions about the purity and innocence of today's world? Especially today's youth?

Considering the accuracy with which Huxley was able to predict the THEMES that are still present (in increasing prevalence) in this time (his "future"), I think the novel is great. It is taught in schools to educate young adults on these topics, to make them think and discuss and analyze these topics, so that they don't end up as ignorant as you.

Where would this world be if everyone just threw their hands up and feigned innocence (rather, ignorance?) at every instance of sex, drugs, or violence?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2009 10:53:58 PM PDT
...So wrong. Soma is a metaphor for the government and entertainment based culture that is distracting us from free thought

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2009 10:54:10 PM PDT
...So wrong. Soma is a metaphor for the government and entertainment based culture that is distracting us from free thought

Posted on Sep 24, 2009 2:16:52 AM PDT
Samiam says:
This book is not dirty, it's like reading a GOP to-do list (to keep America™ safe, of course), but I think Mr. Begley is onto something... it does, in fact, need more explosions. If I read this limp, listless piece of fiction in nothing but my BVDs and a three wolf shirt, it would be a lot more exciting for sure, but that drastic of a measure is not for the timid or easily spooked. I would also add a narwhal or two (like fighting) and some bacon.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 24, 2009 7:21:56 AM PDT
Matt Morris says:
Not many people know this, but in fact there were many explosions in the original manuscript, sometimes more than one per page - and each one bigger and more glorious than the one before. Huxley was bulllied out of this by his editor, Bertrand Russell, who also removed most of the detailed hand-to-hand combat scenes, replacing them with philosophical ramblings and other such nonsense. There are, happily, still plenty of bacon references in "Eyeless in Gaza", for which Huxley managed to find a more sympathetic editor.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 24, 2009 9:23:33 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 24, 2009 3:35:44 PM PDT
Samiam says:
I knew Bertrand Russell was some sort of pinko commie, possibly a Liberal. That just proves it. Liberals hate our freedoms AND bacon. We should totally get Glenn Beck to rewrite this with more explosions, narwhals goring some Liberals and maybe some boobies, too. He would probably agree to it because I heard that Glenn Beck raped and killed a young girl in 1990, and someone who would do that wouldn't have any problem with fantasy killings of Liberals. (update: I hear he's fantasized about killing them with a shovel on his radio show before, so we're in).

Thanks for the info, Matt, I'll read "Eyeless in Gaza" but I wasn't implying it needed more "bacon references", I thought it just needed some bacon.

Crunchy, delicious bacon

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 24, 2009 10:06:23 AM PDT
Jimbo says:
Wait, I heard that Glenn Beck raped a girl in 1990, then forced her to miscarriage, then called a radio station and made fun of her for it on the air, THEN killed her.

Either way, I guess it's a moot point, but I wanted to clarify that there are some discrepancies as to the lows to which Glenn Beck will sink in a given situation.
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