Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Brave New World

By Aldous Huxley

  • Release Date: 2008-12-26
  • Genre: Classics
Score: 4.5
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'The best science fiction book ever, definitely the most prescient... Looking at our present trajectory we are on the way to Brave New World' Yuval Noah Harari, author of Sapiens and Homo Deus

‘A masterpiece of speculation... As vibrant, fresh, and somehow shocking as it was when I first read it’ Margaret Atwood

A grave warning... Provoking, stimulating, shocking and dazzling' Observer

'What Aldous Huxley presented as fiction with the human hatcheries of Brave New World has become fact. The consequences are profound and, if we don't get it right, deeply disturbing' John Humphries, Sunday Times

WITH INTRODUCTIONS BY MARGARET ATWOOD AND DAVID BRADSHAW

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 harbouring 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.

Reviews

  • Very relevant in today's Trump world.

    5
    By Coppershark
    The parallels between this novel and what is happening in the USA under Trump are quite remarkable. This book is worth reading to see how profoundly close to today's political environment the author came to predicting. Fascinating!
  • Very readable

    5
    By MrBoogie2011
    Worthy of the hype
  • Brave New World

    3
    By Ceehal
    Seen by many as a classic, it is nonetheless a flawed work. It's greatness lies in the philosophical discourse between a society that our current one seems all too often to mirror and one where personal journeys through happiness and sadness, trial and tabulation are all too often defined by their religiosity. That it conjures up more questions (even now) than it answers is a testament (can I use that phrase without any religious overtone being implied) to the author. If you're looking for a book that offers a realistic glimpse of the future by imagining things that are unimaginable you're better served by Wells, Verne or one of the plethora of authors who wrote in the fifties and sixties. Again this might be the goal of the writer but, looking back from now, Huxley comes across naively, even childish in his imaging. That is also a salutary lesson to those of us who write today, that often what appears fantastic now will be merely infantile to future generations. Read this for its insight into humanity and it's failings and weaknesses rather than for any other reason and you will not be disappointed.
  • Perfection

    5
    By freddo122345
    Amazingly written. A chilling future?

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