I have to apologize for this review The concept of this book was so outlandish that I think it made my mind wander, and you may find some odd random thoughts scattered in it Anyhow, this book was so silly and unrealistic Like any of this could happen In the far future the babies are genetically engineered and designed for certain stations in life with a large workforce bred to be happy with menial jobs that don t stress them physically or mentally I really should look into getting that data entry position I saw in the job postings It d be a lot less stressful than what I m doing now.
In addition to all the genetic modifications, the children are raised by the state, and words like father and mother are considered obscenities Subliminal messaging through infancy and childhood also condition people to repeat idiotic platitudes as if they are genuine wisdom I ve been in a bad mood today I need to turn that frown upside down.
And since the world economy depends on constant consumption by the highest classes, they re encouraged to be wasteful The collars on a couple of my shirts are a little frayed I should go buy some new ones and throw the old ones out.
and to engage in activities that demand spending and resource use Should I get a new set of golf clubs I lost my old ones when we moved, but I hadn t played in a long time But would I play if I got new clubs There s that really nice looking course right down the street I don t know how they keep the grass that green in this heat.
The population even gets to zip around in their own private helicopters rather than cars Man, when are they going to come out with jet packs for everyone It s 2011 and I m still driving around in a car like a chump I want my jet pack Casual sex is actively encouraged Wow These condom commercials on TV have gotten really racy.
The population is also programmed to be constantly partaking of some form of entertainment and to never just sit quietly and think I m bored Writing is boring.
or to be alone Let s check Facebook and see what all my friends are doing.
One of the sillier ideas is that the foundation of this society is Henry Ford s assembly lines and that Ford has become the most revered figure in history Like a businessman could ever become that popular Is Steve Jobs making any announcements this week I get itchy when there s no new Apple products.
While everyone seeks to be constantly entertained, all of the entertainment panders to the lowest common denominator Hey, Jersey Shore is onand the emphasis is on presenting it with gimmicks to engage the audience like the feelies , movies that the audience can also smell and feel the sensation from I wonder if they ll re release Avatar at the movies so I can see it in 3D again like James Cameron intendedAt one point, a character complains about the feelies, But they re told by an idiot.
works of art out of practically nothing but pure sensation I should go see that new Michael Bay Transformers movie.
Perhaps the most far fetched idea in this is that the population has been trained to sedate themselves with a drug called soma that relives any potential anxieties and keeps people from thinking about anything upsetting I want a beer.
I guess this Huxley guy might have gotten lucky and predicted a few things, but he was way off base about where society was going.
Wow, the anger over this rating My first post for this book was a quote and a gif of Dean from Supernatural rolling his eyes and passing out And people were pissed How dare I Lol I m honestly just so tired of all the dumb comments demanding that I all caps ELABORATE It s been going on for SIX YEARS now So I will This is still one of the most boring emotionless books I have ever read It seemed like a natural choice after I loved Orwell and Atwood but, my god, Huxley is a dry, dull writer Another reviewer called this book a sleeping pill and that is a fantastic description After all the hullabaloo with my original post, I borrowed Brave New World from my local library with the intention of reading it again to give a detailed review for those freaking out in the comments And I returned it after suffering through only a few pages A few years later I got the ebook, thinking I would eventually make it through somehow But I haven t It s so mind numbingly dull I don t want to do it to myself The Globalization of World Politics was enjoyable than this book.
Aldous Huxley wrote Brave New World in 1932 That s almost eighty years ago, but the book reads like it could have been written yesterday especially interesting to me was how Huxley was able to predict the future of both genetic engineering and the action blockbuster Damn I think I liked this one better than 1984, the book traditionally considered to be this one s counterpart Not really sure why this is, but it s probably because this one has a clearer outsider character the Savage who can view the world Huxley created through his separate perspective In this light, I will give the last word to Neil Postman, who discussed the differences between Orwell and Huxley s views of the future What Orwell feared were those who would ban books What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one Orwell feared those who would deprive us information Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance Orwell feared we would become a captive culture Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy As Huxley remarked in Brave New World revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny failed to take into account man s almost infinite appetite for distractions In Nineteen Eighty Four people are controlled by inflicting pain In Brave New World people are controlled by inflicting pleasure In short, Orwell feared that what we hate will ruin us Huxley feared that what we love will ruin us.
remember that last semester of english class, senior year, where every class seemed painfully long and excrutiatingly pointless when everybody sat around secretly thinking of cute and witty things to put in other people s yearbooks when the teachers realized we were already braindead from filling out three dozen student loan applications and college housing forms that s when honors english started getting a little lazy not that i minded everybody got a book list then everybody got split up into groups you were responsible for reading all the books on your own, but one in particular was chosen for your group to present at the end of the semester you know as a refresher for the rest of the class because of course EVERYONE was gonna read EVERY book.
i can t remember what i did instead of reading Brave New World , but it was probably fun and involved copious amounts of sweet tea and a gigantic paper mache cow fortunately it didn t matter because the only group to take their presentation seriously was the Brave New World group, and the way they presented stuck with me long enough to compel me to read the book later.
maybe it was the weird music they had playing during their presentation, maybe it was the fact that super hot chris mayns had to sit in my group the alphas but i was seriously attracted to the world this group created in our classroom we drew cards randomly to determine our class, then sat accordingly and wore cute little colored wristbands everybody got pez soma and gasp a birth control belt throughout the presentation people were moved next to someone and lost a packet on their belt listen, this is scandalous for a bible belt high school, ok by the way, i did NOT get to sit next to chris, which is probably good because i would have been mortified and choked on a pez anyway, the presentation was fun, but i didn t get around to reading my now ex boyfriends copy until a year ago and i started getting a small, evil thought exactly the same as i had in class so many years ago maybe some people would actually like this system maybe some people would actually BENEFIT from this system people don t have to think they aren t expected to do much, go to college, become something bigger than what they actually are they re rewarded with good feeling drugs they are proud to have accomplished what they have and they DON T HAVE TO THINK FOR THEMSELVES I know i m going to get slammed for saying this later, especially because i never do actual reviews or completely delve into what i m thinking so shoot me but haven t you ever been roaming the world wide inter web and found a little troller you thought well, this person is a poor use of a human brain yes, you have admit it.
just think, a little test tube tweaking and that person wouldn t mind manning the cash register at piggly wiggly for the rest of his life, saving the rest of humanity from noxious online rants about the hotness of avril lavinge and the brilliance of starcraft apparently its a video game thats KOOLER THAN U 1 you re tempted, i can tell As a teenager I went through a period of reading a vast number of distopian novels probably all the teenage angst This is the one that has continued to haunt me however, long after the my youthful cynicism has died it s death It s basically a book about the utopian ideal everyone s happy, everyone has what they want and EVERYTHING is based on logical principles However, there is something very rotten at the heart It s about how what we want isn t always what we should get It looks at how state sponsered happiness can entirely miss the point Perhaps, most importantly, it makes the case for individual freedom rather than authoritarian diktat It should be read hand in hand with Mill s Utilitarianism to get a good idea of the philosophy that inspired it.
Incidentally, I gave this book to my boyfriend as a present for his 18th birthday a rather depressing gift I know At the time he wasn t particularly freaked out by it and said that it didn t hold the same level of dread as say, 1984 or The Handmaid s Tale As he s got older however, he s found the idea and frightening Six years later it has of a sting in the tail for him I don t know why this should be but I ll hazard a guess that as you get older you re idea of happiness becomes perhaps complex, making the ideal of Brave New World even disturbing.
And that s what makes this novel so powerful it s not unbelievable Like Orwell s 1984 and Atwood s The Handmaid s Tale,there s just enough truth within Brave New World for it to be real It s a cruel mirroring of our own existence, should we follow a certain path too strongly And that s the wonder of speculative fiction, though unlike the other two books, there s no violence involved in Huxley s world It s just as controlling and scary, but it s done in a indirect way Sex is on tap, everybody should be happy.
People don t go missing in the night nor are they stoned to death by a group of their peers, but they have just as little freedom even if they don t realise it In this dystopia they are trained from birth to think and feel in a certain way, and, for whatever reason, should they ever deviate from their ordained path, they are fed drugs that induce happiness and serenity thus, the populace is kept within their desired space, and persist with the tasks they were born to do Very few of them even consider that this is wrong this is all they have known And to make things even maniacally clever, all physical and sexual needs are fulfilled completely as everybody belongs to everybody else in every sense with the ultimate goal of people never developing desire All desire should be fulfilled, nobody wants for anything else People are machines and houses are factories They are mass produced and designed to be one thing and one thing only All values are inverted The idea of showing any emotion is horrific and repulsive Love is unknown and alien Death is associated with sweetness and relief Children are fed candy when they are thought about death, so they associate the two together, so when as adults they see death they think of treats rather than the loss of someone they have known and worked beside for years In Brave New World people are husks, empty and detached, without ever realising it John, the savage, as he enters the new worldI can only admire and praise Huxley s genius through the writing Like all effective dystopian societies, reading and information plays an exceedingly important role As with Ray Bradbury s Fahrenheit 451, all books have been destroyed and made inaccessible John, one of the few characters who was born away from the new world, stumbles across a volume of Shakespeare and it changes his life He can only think and feel in Shakespearean language and begins to view the world through a semi romantic lens and only finds depravity when he walks into the new world It s everything he hates He has been termed the savage, though he knows and understands the real meaning of the term even if those who call him such do not Naturally, he becomes depressed and isolated in this new space, a space that he cannot be a part of or accepted in not that he would want to be And I found him by far the most interesting and compelling character within the story because he is the only one to really look beyond the boundaries of his own experience and to find it wanting So this is a terribly important novel and I can t believe I have only just read it If you haven t read it already, you know what you have to do This isn t something to be missed It s a novel that made me think and imagine in a way a book hasn t done in quite some time.
I am I, and I wish I weren t.
1 How many goodly creatures are there hereHow beauteous mankind is O Brave New WorldThat has such people in t 2 1958 Brave New World Revisited 3 Brave New World Is A Dystopian Novel Written In By English Author Aldous Huxley, And Published In Largely Set In A Futuristic World State Of Genetically Modified Citizens And An Intelligence Based Social Hierarchy, The Novel Anticipates Huge Scientific Developments In Reproductive Technology, Sleep Learning, Psychological Manipulation, And Classical Conditioning That Are Combined To Make A Utopian Society That Goes Challenged Only By A Single Outsider 649 Brave New World, Aldous HuxleyBrave New World is a dystopian novel by English author Aldous Huxley Published in 1932, it propounds that economic chaos and unemployment will cause a radical reaction, in the form of an international scientific empire, that manufactures its citizens in the laboratory on a eugenic basis, without the need for human intercourse 2000 1352 268 1368 267 1378 295 9644480686 20 1366 281 1390 312 1932 2540 This set the stage about what a dystopian story should be or not be But I don t want comfort I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness I want sin First published in 1932, this is timeless and is as relevant today as when it was first written Sixteen years before Orwell s 1984 but eleven years after We by Yevgeny Zamyatin, this is a high water mark for the genre, many of its themes could be told today Truth be said, this could be published today and would be just as good, it rises to the challenge and then towers above it If one s different, one s bound to be lonely Everyday life makes me think of this book all the time Huxley does than describe a bleak and cynical post apocalyptic or dystopian world, he looks a dystopian resident in the eye and puts before him a mirror to flesh out what is real and unreal Further, Huxley has turned that same mirror on the reader and we see in his far future fantasy a reality that could be today Huxley reveals that the seeds of Mustafa Mond and his ilk have fertile ground in our culture and in our souls No social stability without individual stability Finally, Huxely provides a glimpse behind the curtain, we see the false wizard in his machinations The world that has been crafted for the denizens of Huxley s nightmare landscape is explained fully and matter of factly by Mond Huxley s sermon is delivered as stoically and deterministically as Jonathon Edwards Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God You all remember, I suppose, that beautiful and inspired saying of Our Ford s History is bunk A must read.