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Brave New World [Paperback]

Aldous Huxley
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Book Description

Aug. 28 2007
Marking the 75th anniversary of its original publication, Vintage Canada is proud to publish the first Canadian edition ever of the 1932 classic Brave New World with an original introduction by Margaret Atwood.

Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs, all its members are happy consumers. Bernard Marx seems alone in feeling discontent. Harbouring an unnatural desire for solitude, and a perverse distaste for the pleasure of compulsory promiscuity, Bernard has an ill-defined longing to break free. A visit to one of the few remaining Savage Reservations, where the old, imperfect life still continues, may be the cure for his distress.… Huxley’s ingenious fantasy of the future sheds a blazing light on the present and is considered to be his most enduring masterpiece.

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"Community, Identity, Stability" is the motto of Aldous Huxley's utopian World State. Here everyone consumes daily grams of soma, to fight depression, babies are born in laboratories, and the most popular form of entertainment is a "Feelie," a movie that stimulates the senses of sight, hearing, and touch. Though there is no violence and everyone is provided for, Bernard Marx feels something is missing and senses his relationship with a young women has the potential to be much more than the confines of their existence allow. Huxley foreshadowed many of the practices and gadgets we take for granted today--let's hope the sterility and absence of individuality he predicted aren't yet to come. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Grade 8 Up-Brave New World by Aldous Huxley is a classic science fiction work that continues to be a significant warning to our society today. Tony Britton, the reader, does an excellent job of portraying clinical detachment as the true nature of the human incubators is revealed. The tone lightens during the vacation to the wilderness and the contrast is even more striking. Each character is given a separate personality by Britton's voices. As the story moves from clinical detachment to the human interest of Bernard, the nonconformist, and John, the "Savage," listeners are drawn more deeply into the plot. Finally, the reasoned tones of the Controller explain away all of John's arguments against the civilization, leading to John's death as he cannot reconcile his beliefs to theirs.The abridgement is very well done, and the overall message of the novel is clearly presented. The advanced vocabulary and complex themes lend themselves to class discussion and further research. There is sure to be demand for this classic in schools and public libraries.
Pat Griffith, Schlow Memorial Library, State College, PA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A sex crazed utopia Sept. 25 2009
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I read this book in university and it was one of my favorites. It is such a warped look a utopian society but it is everything we want....isn't it. Casual sex is the norm and the introduction of soma, a drug with no side effects makes the future and adults playground. There is no families, babies are not born, but decanted test tubes. People are born into a specific class, and intellegence is altered. I don't want to give too much away, but I'll just say that I highly recomend reading it if you like dystopic fiction or sience fiction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FIGHT THE POWER! May 11 2005
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With its vivid description of everyday activities such as the "feelie" movies and classification of every human into one of five letter and color groups, Huxley's Brave New World is a fun read for young adults and teens.
The Brave New World is a sort of Utopia, where humans are not born to mothers; they are bred in bottles and slowly travel by way of a huge conveyor belt through various machines during the gestational period. Those babies who will become astronauts spend a majority of time upside-down in the bottles, and those who will work in the jungles are submitted to a higher than normal temperature throughout the process. The embryos which are destined to be in one of the lower classes (Epsilons or Deltas) are purposefully deprived of oxygen so that they will not be "born" too intelligent for their class. In light of the current progressions that we have made with cloning and genetic alteration, it seems that Huxley has shown us one distinctly possible direction that society could wind up taking...
The book begins with a tour through the "decanting" factory.. recently fertilized eggs are artificially multiplied in the "Bokanovsky Process", which can create almost 100 identical embryos from a single egg. The lower classes will be multiplied to the highest degree, while the Alphas (the upper administrative class) will be individuals. The tour continues up to the nurseries where the children are conditioned every day to enjoy their lot in life. Some of this conditioning is done through aversion therapy, while some of it is drilled into the childrens' heads while they sleep. This sort of conditioning is what leads to a perfectly controlled world.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Here it is! March 23 2006
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I like books that show the corruption of society: You know the ones I’m talking about—“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” or McCrae’s “Katzenjammer” which exposes corporate greed and New York City’s strageness. So I gravitated naturally to “Brave New World.” A sex-crazed world who thinks it's animal-like to have children naturally. I love the idea of a class system from the super-human double alpha plus to the grovelling Epsilon-Minus. And Soma, "a gramme is better than a damn." The freaky part about that drug is that something very similar to that now. And it doesn't make you happy, but sort of clueless, like an infant curious about the world. My favourite quote is from Benard Marx, as he refers to the way men talk about women, "As if they were a piece of meat."---showing just how bad society has gotten---and it has. And this is why I like Brave New World, even more so than 1984. Whereas Orwell warns of a totalitaranism based on perpetual war causing the poverty of a ration economy at home, Huxley examines a social control built on plenty or an illusion of plenty. One might then say that the works of these two men are opposite sides of the same coin in that Orwell's work is a warning against communist totalitarianism and Huxley's work warns us of a capitalist variant that is just as dangerous and certainly more relevant, at least to our own society.
Must also recommend: Jackson T. McCrae’s “Katzenjammer” which is VERY well-written, funny, disturbing, and informative.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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It's difficult to believe that Aldous Huxley penned this book at some point prior to its publication year of 1932, because so many issues raised in Brave New World are hot-button topics today (genetic engineering, sex and relationships, individual versus society and so on). Although the reading may seem laborious to some, by the time John the Savage enters the fray surely anyone who enjoys literature will be fascinated by the juxtaposition of two quite different societies, and the hilarious satire that results -- sometimes subtle, other times quite overt! If you haven't read this one yet, please do so. Sometimes it's a bit challenging, but well worth the effort in the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FIGHT THE POWER! July 22 2005
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With its vivid description of everyday activities such as the "feelie" movies and classification of every human into one of five letter and color groups, Huxley's Brave New World is a fun read for young adults and teens.
The Brave New World is a sort of Utopia, where humans are not born to mothers; they are bred in bottles and slowly travel by way of a huge conveyor belt through various machines during the gestational period. Those babies who will become astronauts spend a majority of time upside-down in the bottles, and those who will work in the jungles are submitted to a higher than normal temperature throughout the process. The embryos which are destined to be in one of the lower classes (Epsilons or Deltas) are purposefully deprived of oxygen so that they will not be "born" too intelligent for their class. In light of the current progressions that we have made with cloning and genetic alteration, it seems that Huxley has shown us one distinctly possible direction that society could wind up taking...
The book begins with a tour through the "decanting" factory.. recently fertilized eggs are artificially multiplied in the "Bokanovsky Process", which can create almost 100 identical embryos from a single egg. The lower classes will be multiplied to the highest degree, while the Alphas (the upper administrative class) will be individuals. The tour continues up to the nurseries where the children are conditioned every day to enjoy their lot in life. Some of this conditioning is done through aversion therapy, while some of it is drilled into the childrens' heads while they sleep. This sort of conditioning is what leads to a perfectly controlled world.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid utopian novel with wonderful language
Brave New World is a fascinating study of the shoe on the other foot in terms of who is in control (God vs. Science, Nature vs. Nurture, Freewill vs. Order). Read more
Published 27 days ago by Jonathon Lynn Graham
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh
I know it's kind of a must read, but really didn't cut the mustard.

You can definitely see the influence this book has had, not only on the genre, but on everyday life.
Published 29 days ago by Rick
5.0 out of 5 stars Very great read!!
This is the first time book that I had read in class that I actually enjoyed. A lot of the themes in the book can be compared to today's society such as the promiscuous sex and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mikerah
5.0 out of 5 stars In the spirit of 1984
a thought provoking classic. Is this where society is heading? Do we prefer to be sheep or live and feel? I thoroughly enjoyed rereading this classic
Published 3 months ago by figamus
5.0 out of 5 stars Bam Bam
Lets all go back to this classic novel! Make sure to read "1984" afterwards. If you are wondering what book to read during summer holidays, this is it.
Published 3 months ago by Ms Sparrow
5.0 out of 5 stars This book makes you think
I think the topic that this author explores for the time that it was written, while using the knowledge and events of the time... -it's brilliant.
Published 5 months ago by Natalie Ralstin
1.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book; Bad Publication (spelling and layout errors...
Brave New World entered Canadian Public Domain on January 1, 2014. This publication has numerous errors in spelling, punctuation, layout and more. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Tony Downey
5.0 out of 5 stars Scarily relevant
I was amazed at how this book, written 80+ years ago, seemed to capture current society's obsession with material goods and shallow pursuits. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Daryl Manderville
2.0 out of 5 stars Received it.. Finally
First the name is misleading the company is based in Washington. It took 17 days to cross Canada to Quebec! It took me 8 days to hitch-hike Canada last year... just saying. Read more
Published 10 months ago by michael
3.0 out of 5 stars Just OK
For me, it was just OK. This is a book of course I have heard about all my life, but never got around to reading it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Charles
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