Brave New World Revisited Paperback – Jan 12 1989
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“One of the most important books to have been published since the war.”
“Such ingenious wit, derisive logic and swiftness of expression, Huxley’s resources of sardonic invention have never been more brilliantly displayed.”
—The Times --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From the Back Cover
When the novel Brave New World first appeared in 1932, its shocking analysis of a scientific dictatorship seemed a projection into the remote future.
Here, in one of the most important and fascinating books of his career, Aldous Huxley uses his tremendous knowledge of human relations to compare the modern-day world with his prophetic fantasy. He scrutinizes threats to humanity, such as overpopulation, propaganda, and chemical persuasion, and explains why we have found it virtually impossible to avoid them. Brave New World Revisited is a trenchant plea that humankind should educate itself for freedom before it is too late.See all Product Description
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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)
Government control of the mainstream media, socialized medicine, a vast, bloated, impersonal, socialist bureaucracy, "community, identity, stability" I wonder if we're approaching something like BNW, but there's nothing brave about a new world without liberty!
I highly recommend this book! Brave New World
There are similarities between Huxley's BNW and today's society: eugenically-controlled population classes versus today's racial classes; mental control by sleep conditioning versus today's social conditioning by music, movies, and television; and soma versus today's drug Ecstasy. Yet Huxley's BNW description is incomplete. BNW lacks an economic basis. Huxley discusses no BNW societal goals beyond survival of *society*. Poverty exists in BNW but Huxley presents society from an affluent viewpoint -- the lives of BNW's poorer members are not chronicled. And although BNW was written before the existence of HIV/AIDS, Huxley does not discuss syphilis and gonorrhea (the sexually transmitted diseases in 1931) when he presents BNW's sexual freedom without attachment.
In "Brave New World Revisited" (BNWR) Huxley reexamines BNW in terms of society in 1958. Here Huxley examines the methods used by Hitler, Stalin and psychology to mold and control human minds and behavior. Huxley predicts that overpopulation will require excessive control of individuals in order to ensure society's existence. Huxley also predicts that excessive control will replace individual initiative and freedom with (universally medicated) compliant mentalities. Based upon 1958's society, Huxley states that society *is* unstoppably headed toward the excessively controlled Brave New World.
Huxley's tone within BNWR is pedantic.Read more ›
Huxley has isolated the fundamental conflict in Human History--the conflicting impulses towards Security and Freedom. In the Brave New World, the impulse towards Security has won and there is no Freedom.
The problem for advocates of Freedom is that it includes the freedom to be unhappy. For this reason, many find it unattractive and the fight for Freedom is always an uphill struggle. At the time that Huxley and George Orwell were writing, it seemed entirely possible that Socialism, Communism & Fascism and all of the ism's that promise Security would vanquish Freedom. We are fortunate to live at a time when Freedom is resurgent, but Brave New World is a cautionary tale about what's at stake in the struggle.
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but there seem to be No reviews before 2001 for a book published in 2007. Guess that means there is no reference to Atwood's analysis? Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Warning: The English in this book will be tough to digest if you were born after the 1980's. No survey on dystopian fiction is complete without Huxley's special variation on the... Read morePublished on Oct. 26 2013 by elginblatherford
Much of the comment about this classic look into the crystal ball concerns its place in literature alongside its rival masterpiece, 1984. Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2013 by David M. Goldberg
Nothing about this book really caught or held my attention. The premise of the novel is of course very original and a thought provoking idea, but the novel just didn't live up to... Read morePublished on May 28 2004 by K. Simmons
This book is a terrefic piece of work and it always amazes me when I think that this book was written nearly 70 years ago. Read morePublished on March 13 2002 by Ivan Thomson
And prophetic, are the words that best describe Huxley's work in "A Brave New World". When you read the explanation to all psychological, economical, philosophical and... Read morePublished on March 27 2001 by Roberto Macías
Deep thought and philosophy are the product of reflection upon the issues depicted in the novel. Great, highly moving materials that are worth the wade through the text in order... Read morePublished on Aug. 20 2000 by Account Killer
"'We also predestine and condition. We decant our babies as socialized human beings, as Alphas or Epsilons, as future sewage workers or future... Read morePublished on July 28 2000