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Brave New World (1932)

por Aldous Huxley

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Huxley's classic prophetic novel describes the socialized horrors of a futuristic utopia devoid of individual freedom.
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    Nineteen Eighty-Four por George Orwell (chrisharpe, zasmine, MinaKelly, li33ieg, haraldo, Ludi_Ling, Waldstein)
    zasmine: For Orwell was inspired by it. And Orwell's 1984 is as much of a prize as it.
    li33ieg: 1984, Brave New World and Fahrenheit 451: 3 essential titles that remind us of the need to keep our individual souls pure.
    Ludi_Ling: Really, the one cannot be mentioned without the other. Actually, apart from the dystopian subject matter, they are very different stories, but serve as a great counterpoint to one another.
    Waldstein: It's essential to read Huxley's and Orwell's books together. Both present the ultimate version of the totalitarian state, but there the similarities end. While Orwell argues in favour of hate and fear, Huxley suggests that pleasure and drugs would be far more effective as controlling forces. Who was the more prescient prophet? That's what every reader should decide for him- or herself.… (mais)
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    Fahrenheit 451 por Ray Bradbury (phoenix7g, meggyweg, Babou_wk, haraldo)
    Babou_wk: Contre-utopie, société future où l'unique but de la vie est le bonheur. Toute pratique requérant de la réflexion est bannie.
  3. 282
    A Clockwork Orange por Anthony Burgess (MinaKelly)
  4. 180
    The Handmaid's Tale por Margaret Atwood (mcenroeucsb)
    mcenroeucsb: Both are benchmarks for dystopian literature.
  5. 151
    The Giver por Lois Lowry (afyfe)
  6. 130
    Brave New World Revisited por Aldous Huxley (pyrocow)
  7. 163
    We por Yevgeny Zamyatin (hippietrail, tehran)
    hippietrail: The original dystopian novel from which both Huxley and Orwell drew inspiration.
    tehran: Brave New World was largely inspired by Zamyatin's We.
  8. 60
    O Triunfo dos Porcos por George Orwell (sturlington)
  9. 71
    Never Let Me Go por Kazuo Ishiguro (sanddancer)
  10. 60
    The Tempest por William Shakespeare (Sylak)
    Sylak: Caliban in The Tempest has many parallels with John the Savage in Brave New World.
  11. 50
    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? por Philip K. Dick (mcenroeucsb)
  12. 50
    The Machine Stops por E. M. Forster (artturnerjr, KayCliff)
    artturnerjr: If you read only one other dystopian SF story, make it this one (well, you should read 1984, too, but you knew that already, didn't you?).
  13. 40
    This Perfect Day por Ira Levin (KayCliff)
  14. 129
    Catch-22 por Joseph Heller (fundevogel)
  15. 30
    Daedalus; or, Science and the Future por J. B. S. Haldane (leigonj)
    leigonj: Haldane's ideas of eugenics and ectogenesis, which are laid out alongside others including world government and psychoactive drugs, strongly influenced Huxley's novel.
  16. 30
    Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang por Kate Wilhelm (rat_in_a_cage)
    rat_in_a_cage: Hinweis auf Rückentext bei »Hier sangen früher Vögel«.
  17. 30
    Player Piano por Kurt Vonnegut (Utilizador anónimo)
  18. 86
    Stranger in a Strange Land (Uncut Edition) por Robert A. Heinlein (meggyweg)
  19. 10
    The Devils of Loudun por Aldous Huxley (John_Vaughan)
  20. 21
    Men Like Gods por H. G. Wells (Sylak)
    Sylak: Basically a parody of Wells' own book published seven years earlier.

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Date approximate ( )
  fmc712 | Feb 18, 2021 |
This is pretty good, but I don't think it's aged quite as well as other dystopian novels. Cory Doctorow's comment on the connection between this and 1984 from a number of years ago was very spot-on. ( )
  skolastic | Feb 2, 2021 |
I both really like and really dislike this book...I don't know how else to say it but one of my favorite quotes does come from this book...

"Actual happiness always looks pretty squalid in comparison with the over-compensations for misery. And, of course, stability isn’t nearly so spectacular as instability. And being content has none of the glamor of a good fight against misfortune, none of the picturesqueness of a struggle with temptation or a fatal overthrow by passion or doubt. Happiness is never grand." ( )
  mcsp | Jan 25, 2021 |
Wow! This was a depressing book. Looking into the Brave New World of the future, we see all people happy, being born artificially into castes in which they spend their whole lives doing the same work as assigned to them and being numbed into forced happiness with a pill called Soma. Enter Bernard Marx, a man who is not quite up to his caste’s level. He tries to save himself by starting an experiment with an outcaste, a man named John but referred to as the Savage, in order to further understand people outside of civilized society.

When I first started reading this book, I really disliked it because of the caste system and the haughty entitled people at its top. That made for very disagreeable reading. These days fiction is too much like nonfiction. However, I forced myself to read more as now is indeed a time of dystopia for me in real life. I wanted to see what the message of this book was as I have recently read a few other classic dystopian novels.

I found it sad that the world controllers in this novel wanted everyone to be the same, as well as categorized into haves (world controllers) and have-nots (all the others). Is that where our real world is headed? Death of diversity?

My reading this novel in its entirety was the correct call although it was deeply frightening having just experienced an administration in my own federal government which denied truth and science. So prescient was Aldous Huxley in writing this novel that I found reading it particularly chilling. ( )
  SqueakyChu | Jan 25, 2021 |
This dystopian classic has been on my wishlist for a long time. Like "[b:1984|5470|1984|George Orwell|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1348990566s/5470.jpg|153313]" ([a:George Orwell|3706|George Orwell|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1374989696p2/3706.jpg]), "Brave New World" has received massive critical acclaim and comparisons with the current age we live in have been legio.

Aldous Huxley has written many works (books, poems, etc.), but I only "know" him from this one bestseller. His writing style is also quite different from e.g. contemporary authors. In this book he often uses technical, medical vocabulary or other terminology. This makes it a little hard for a non-native speaker of English to fully comprehend what it's about, although the context can help to get an idea.

This edition has forewords by Margaret Atwood and David Bradshaw, each giving their views on Huxley and how they perceived the book.

No Big Brother here, but Ford. Ford rules. All must hail Ford. Yes, Henry Ford is the new God, because of his idea of the mass-production through the assembly line (for the Ford T) and how this concept could be applied to society.

In "Brave New World", people are not born, but made/manipulated genetically/etc. in labs, in bottles, like wine (and similar). They are also massively and for long periods of time indoctrinated with hypnopaedic adages. Several classes of people are created this way and through development interventions. That way, emotions are blocked, reworked. Thoughts about oneself, about others, ... are also heavily influenced to to the point of racism.

In "1984" you had the slogan "War is peace, Freedom is slavery, Ignorance is strength". "Brave New World" has "Community, Identity, Stability". One has to sacrifice one's own feelings, thoughts and more for the good of the community. You are not to have own thoughts or think about what is happening. Woe onto you if you dare to think for yourself. Always remember the applicable adages and don't forget to take your soma, i.e. pills that make you numb and happy, because you should at all times be happy!, and love what you (are instructed/told to) do.

Procreation is not done: one does not have sex to have a baby. That's disgusting. Babies don't get born the natural way. The concept of mother and father, of them bringing up their children... not done. There are specific schools and centres for those things. But casual sex, with anyone you want, is allowed and stimulated. This reminded me of a parody of the series Love Boat, done by a few Flemish comedians (you do have either be a local or understand the dialects to appreciate it). See here.

All this happy stuff and not being able or allowed to think for yourself: check today with all the fake music ("Happy" by Pharrell Williams, for example), the tv-shows, the filtered and manipulated news, the gazillions types of medication, and so on. Depressed? Take a pill? Headache? Take a pill. Want to de-stress? Have a beer. And so on. Nothing against medication or drinks, but the way these things get commercialized, promoted, all to an extent that many people don't apply critical thinking anymore before usage.

Do you have stuff that's broken? Throw it away, buy new stuff. Consume, consume, consume... the economy must be sustained, must grow. Don't repair what can be repaired, else no new products are being sold. That's the case today as well. Smartphone (or any other device or product) broken? Throw it way, buy a new one, because it will cost you, in comparison, more to have it repaired than getting a new one. And that's how more and more garbage is created. But again, no need to worry about that. There's still plenty of soma (pills or other drugs) for you to take.

But then there's a certain Bernard, who goes against the grain. Already he stands out from the masses, but when he starts to think for himself, how the system works, how people are kept at bay, he longs for a visit to a region where one can still be normal, have a certain disease, decide for himself what to do/think/feel/etc., yet the circumstances are also less healthy, less clean, less organized. A clash of cultures. Like you would travel to, say, Calcutta or certain countries/regions in Africa. And maybe you don't even have to go that far.

One of the savages, John, who travels back with Bernard, finds out about this Brave New World. He sees how people behave, are under the influence of drugs, are bred into different castes/classes, ... and apparently is related to the Director of Hatcheries and Conditioning, who only much later finds about he has a son. This also leads to him resigning from his function. Out of fear?

Of course, all those upper-class people are excited about meeting John Savage, but he's not. And that's how Bernard finds out that friendship is not always what one thinks it is. However, this also puts him back with two feet on the ground. The state he was in before he brought John back to the "real world".

But what's that near the end? John Savage and Helmholtz having a friendly conversation with the big boss, the Controller, of the current civilization, Mustapha Mond? Right when they are in grave danger, so to speak? What a contrast and somehow a strange twist. but it's nice to read some philosophic and psychological rhetoric. However, the real ending of the book says a lot about current times.

"Brave New World" has some predictions about the future, today, that are in a way correct. In other cases, they are fiction. As the book was written in 1932, one should best consider the prophecies and what not from that perspective, not with what you know today.

Definitely an eye-opener. It's not because some things aren't true now, that they won't be true decades from now. Or rather, in a different form.

A related video: Charlie Chaplin's speech from "The Great Dictator", albeit reworked here. Or wise words by the late [a:Alan Wilson Watts|1501668|Alan Wilson Watts|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1251828285p2/1501668.jpg]. There's enough on YouTube, like this one.

Antidote: going outside, in nature, for a walk or bike ride. Or head to sea, for a refreshing dive. Or am I taking things a little too seriously? ( )
  TechThing | Jan 22, 2021 |
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Huxley, AldousAutorautor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Atwood, MargaretIntroduçãoautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Binger, CharlesArtista da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Bradshaw, DavidIntroduçãoautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Brochmann, GeorgTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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