- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Canada; 2 edition (Aug. 28 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 030735654X
- ISBN-13: 978-0307356543
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 295 g
- Average Customer Review: 566 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Brave New World Paperback – Aug 28 2007
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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.
From Library Journal
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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Book 5/5 stars; this sloppy publication, 1/5 stars.
After reading the novel, I found my first instinct confirmed - unbelievable. Character development appeared contrived and worthy of adolescent reading at best. Perhaps as an adult I expected much from the author given his popularity.
I gave this book two stars for the attempt to cover an interesting concept.
We decided it was more likely "1984." After all, the Cold War was with us, nuclear destruction was on our minds and the Viet Nam War looked suspiciously like the war with Eastasia. We had World War II's Stalin as a model of Big Brother, complete with moustache.
Yet, now that it is 2003 and way past 1984, it's apparent that author Huxley was incredibly prescient. He set a tragedy modeled on Shakespeare (Othello mixed with elements of The Tempest--hence the title "Brave New World". ) It's set in a futuristic state where babies are cloned and grown extra-utero in glass jars. A happy state of drugged complacence (Prozac?) is the norm. Sex is free of emotional ties, in fact, promiscuity and gratuitous sex are required by law! Entertainment is mindless (Disco? Survivor? Joe Millionaire?) and real literature and art are subversive.
This book is a must-read and it will change how you view our cultural. For me, re-reading this book was like reading it for the first time. Our cultural environment has changed so much since the time I first read this book in the Sixties that it was as if I had read another book entirely.
The story takes place in a near future, in London, where people live in an awful perfect world. A perfect world for the book characters only, because they live in a world without feelings, without freedom of choice and without the opportunity to think by themselves and lack of self identity. But people in this society do not complain about the absence of those things, because they donï¿½t know about them. They live happily and any concerns because they are used to consume soma; a drug that makes them feel comfortable with their pathetic lives.
Many things Aldous Huxley predicted in 1932 in this book for a society 600 years in the future are already real nowadays, something that makes the readers think about what kind of world they are living in.
What makes this story good is that it is a profound one, because it makes you think about your reality, compare your reality to the one in the book. It makes you meditate. It is not shallow like most stories Iï¿½ve read. And also, how frightening, odd, and specific its descriptions are!
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