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Brave New World and Brave New World Revisited Hardcover – Deckle Edge, June 1, 2004
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“Such ingenious wit, derisive logic and swiftness of expression, Huxley’s resources of sardonic invention have never been more brilliantly displayed.”
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The astonishing novel Brave New World, originally published in 1932, presents Aldous Huxley's vision of the future -- of a world utterly transformed. Through the most efficient scientific and psychological engineering, people are genetically designed to be passive and therefore consistently useful to the ruling class. This powerful work of speculative fiction sheds a blazing critical light on the present and is considered to be Aldous Huxley's most enduring masterpiece.
The nonfiction work Brave New World Revisited, first published in 1958, is a fascinating work in which Huxley uses his tremendous knowledge of human relations to compare the modern-day world with his prophetic fantasy envisioned in Brave New World, including the threats to humanity, such as overpopulation, propaganda, and chemical persuasion.
Top Customer Reviews
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)
Huxley himself was a brilliant man (what else can u expect, descending from Darwin's Bulldog himself?), and BNW is a brilliant novel. It's my favourite kind of book, just bursting at the seams with ideas and thoughts and theories, and told craftily through the eyes of a cast of intriguing characters.
Because, aside from being a brilliant novel, such fantastic three-dimensional creations as Bernard Marx, Helmholtz Watson, Lenina Crowne and John the Savage will win you over forever. That's what makes this prophetic combination of BNW and BNWR so effective; the first shows you a startling vision of the future, and how it affects a wonderful cast you'll come to love; the second is a thought-provoking analysis written some years later, considering just how far the world has progressed towards achieving that 'utopia'. All kids should read this book at some stage. After all, we're the future (apparently), and this is a memorable example of what we do NOT want it to become.
And this is the genius of Brave New World: Huxley's terrifying vision of the future is not based on violence but on the abuse of pleasure. Make people happy, and they will gladly and forever surrender their freedom, their dignity, their humanity. Give them shallow sex games, free drugs, and condition them properly, and they will do whatever you tell them to do.
Into this mix comes the Savage, a man from outside, who provides some perspective of Huxley's dystopia. The Savage sees what we would see, through our own eyes; to him the eternal, artificial happiness becomes oppressive, and in the end destroys him.
What makes the story chilling is how so much of it has come true. Consumerism, shallow sex, and drug use have all been encouraged by one segment of our culture or another in order to ensure compliance. The breakdown in education has had a similar effect, resulting in a loss of freedom that has eerie parallels to Brave New World. So read this book with one eye on the page and another firmly fixed on the world around you -- you may not like what you see.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is one writer's view of the future. The book is dark but humorous at times, not terrifying or shocking as "1984", except maybe the ending. Read morePublished 1 month ago by NormanL
I haven't read this book since High School. They had a Preface that was written in 2003 which actually sounded a lot like an essay I wrote for class, so that made me feel special. Read morePublished 2 months ago by DaniLee
Aldous Huxley masterpiece, Brave New World, is not just a novel, but a powerful message. It's an utopic forseen of the future about how are we heading to a psychological slavery of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dennis
As I read the book I pictured myself as an alpha. Yeah that's right. I would get to run things, have lots of sex, and take some pill that makes me feel good. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Stanley
Easier reading then books that followed by Aldous Huxley yet still thought provoking.Published 4 months ago by Dave