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 an alternate Paperback edition.
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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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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
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)
Furthermore, the list of Huxley's books omits his final utopian work 'ISLAND', published in 1961, 30 years after this dystopia 'Brave New World'.
I read ISLAND ~1968-69, after reading Brave New World, while being taught by Marxists at Simon Fraser University. In 1973, I was in business, had some money to spend & bought 50 copies to give to my family & friends (who likely filed them on bookshelves for later reading). There may be 1 left for my heirs....
ISLAND is quite fascinating for what mankind *could* but likely won't be because of the way biology (the universe?) seems to be constructed.
The universe seems to be constructed as Dualism, everywhere working the tension between opposing pairs. For example, Co-operation & Competition are both needed for individuals, families, tribes, enterprises, countries to succeed.
One CBC Radio Ideas programme explored the question as to who lives longest in society. Before reading the answer below, pause & think of Your first response to that question.
The researchers said that the longest livers were those with the most ...
status /hierarchy (think of our royal family) ... "and this is the same in every mammalian society".
My conclusion is that this explains the dictators of the world. Think of our past (the 1000 yr history of the British monarchy which Canada inherits & should never forget, where the ruled have battled the rulers for the right to change kings peacefully), and of our present world (with so many dictators pretending to be presidents).Read more ›
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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
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
Welcome to a future where everybody's happy. Independent thought and feelings have been banished and genetic engineering, brain washing and drugs keep the population docile and... Read morePublished on Oct. 30 2000 by Orrin C. Judd
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