Aldous Huxley - Brave New World

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  • Brave New World: Drugged Out In An Implausible Future

    Feb 4, 2003 by jankp is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Books
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: the character Bernard Marx; historically intriguing; I learned some Shakespeare
    Cons: completely dated and unrealistic story; rest of the characters; hard-to-read; depressing

    Summary: Another subtitle could be Stuck In Darwinian Antiquity. I wasn't able to choose which was better, but they infer the same thing because Huxley's intimidating message here is that in the far future we will still need domination by an elite few to be ... read more

  • It's a Great New Buy

    Jul 19, 2013 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: It's a good literary reference for both philosophy, sociology or even psychology.
    Cons: Long and flamboyant dialogues may sour your interest from time to time.

    Summary: "Happiness is never grand."These are the striking words that I will never forget from Aldous Huxley's century-changing masterpiece. With the intent of ridiculing previous works of authors like Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, which always depicted a ... read more

  • Exploring the concepts of truth and happiness in Brave New World

    Jun 24, 2010 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: intellectually-challenging, thought-provoking, interesting plot
    Cons: unsatisfactory and abrupt ending, periods of boring, drawn-out explanations

    Summary: In the dystopian society depicted in Brave New World, truth and happiness are not REALLY truth and happiness – instead, they are manipulated by the government as a means of control.  What the people call truth and happiness and merely the ... read more

  • Huxley's Brave New World. Sex, Drugs and Rock n' Roll....26th Century Obligations

    Dec 13, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fascinating tour of an all-too plausible future society
    Cons: Poorly drawn love story, lots of thin characters.

    Summary: This book springs from one problem with large industrialized societies. There is a need in such a society for a very large number of persons to perform manual, menial or service jobs. There is a need for relatively few persons to perform ... read more

  • Bland New World

    Dec 2, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Allegedly a classic.
    Cons: Disjointed. Chaotic. Random.

    Summary: The role of science fiction, for better or for worse, is to get us to imagine the possibilities that lie in store for humanity’s future. Indeed, many scientific discoveries and applications have become realities only after being the product of the ... read more

  • A review of Brave New World

    Apr 7, 2005 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Exciting, visionary, thought provoking.
    Cons: Wordy, slow parts, tough read for novice readers.

    Summary: In a Brave New World, Aldous Huxley takes us into the world of tomorrow. A world where the human race is made from test tubes. No parents, no problems, no worries. A world where good feelings are artificially induced by miracle drugs. Brave New ... read more

  • We must Stay Away from Huxley's Brave New World

    Jul 25, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Huxley "enslavement by pleasure" prophecy is ahead of its time.
    Cons: This could really happen to us. Beware.

    Summary: Aldous Huxley wrote this novel, undoubtedly the best work that will forever define him and his beliefs, to express his concern over what was happening to human and political values, especially in a time when technology was advancing rapidly and ... read more

  • See the Future TODAY!

    Jun 26, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: A Terrifyingly Realistic Vision of the Future, Great Philosiphy, Truly a Classic
    Cons: Not Much Story in Some Parts, Not For Everyone

    Summary: Aldous Huxley was a very, very smart man... there is no doubt about that at all. He was able to write a book all the way back in 1932 about a world environment that is just now beginning to become reality. Brave New World is a simply amazing book ... read more

  • Is ours a Brave New World?

    Jan 8, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Satirical, chilling, relevant, and awfully clever.
    Cons: Dark, somewhat forced conclusion.

    Summary: Teaser: Though it was written in 1932, Aldous Huxley's Brave New World remains as relevant and chilling today as it was 70 years ago. The Setup: My memory of it was rather hazy before I revisited it yesterday, as it had been ... read more

  • One of the greatest Science Fiction novels ever...

    Jul 6, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fantastic vision, scarily realistic, completely absorbing. Even more pertinent today than when it was written.
    Cons: Not an easy read, not really recommended to anyone under 18 due to its complexity.

    Summary: “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley is one of the true science fiction giants. Good sci-fi is supposed to make you think; this book has the capacity not just to do that but to change your whole perspective on the human race. It concerns a ... read more

  • A futuristic tale that is eerily familiar

    May 21, 2003 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: A must read classic
    Cons: You will be out of the loop if you don't read

    Summary: If you are not into science fiction, don't dismay. This book is deeper and well worth your time. It's about a futuristic world, that is eerily familiar to current times. The novel begins with a baby factory that is very similar to modern day fertility ... read more

  • Satirical Future

    Sep 5, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Vivid Details, Characters, Intensity, Speed
    Cons: Age: Like Star Trek looses its value to most people over time.

    Summary: Starting in my Grade 9 year I began to ask a question which seemed simple to me... rather than trying to find the 'meaning of life' I decided to go further. I made the assumption that we already knew the meaning, but no one would tell me for some reason ... read more

  • Centrifugal Bumblepuppy, Anyone?

    Jun 27, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Vivid descriptions, interesting word choices
    Cons: Not for the ADD-afflicted; requires serious attention

    Summary: I was never a studious character. Not to say I was stupid; not at all. Rather, I was just smart enough to realize how much work had to be done in order to achieve the end goal -- ie a high school diploma. So in all my classes (well, not ... read more

  • Brave new world right now

    Oct 8, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: A frightening glimpse of the future
    Cons: Not many people realize Brave New World is upon us

    Summary: While Huxley may have been predicting a far more dramatic Brave New World in his book, consider for a moment the aspects of BNW that are upon us now. In Brave New World, life is not created by sexual reproduction of two loving adults, but ... read more

  • Please Bring me Back to the Old World!

    Aug 4, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Very ahead of its time, thought envoking
    Cons: Slow, boring, complicated

    Summary: I had to read Brave New World for a literature class this summer. The teacher told us that it was a wideley studied story so I was excited to get to start reading it. From the first page on I hated the book. It doesn't flow through like you ... read more

  • Brave New World

    May 27, 2001 by phungus is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Books
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Oddly fulfulling
    Cons: Can be confusing at times, jumps around a bit

    Summary: I recently finished reading Orwell's 1984 and immediately started reading Huxley's Brave New World thereafter. Both of these books are often compared because they both offer contrasting predictions of the future. In Brave New World, the whole ... read more

  • O' Brave New World with such people in it!

    May 26, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Surprisingly good characterization. Fantastic world building. Excellent use of the English Language.
    Cons: Some of the characters could use a bit more characterization.

    Summary: Ah, so you are interested in Brave New World? In order to review this book, I have to seperate my review into two parts. The first part is about this book as a science fiction classic. Huxley shows his skill in world building by creating ... read more

  • A Hierarchial Scale of Madness

    May 5, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: An excellent cautionary tale which provides the reader with a maddening dystopia
    Cons: Takes a few readings to fully comprehend

    Summary: Many books, such as Aldous Huxley's classic "Brave New World" go beyond the scope of science fiction: they are also meant to be used as a cautionary tale, to warn the reader of future possibilities in daily life. By showing what the future may ... read more

  • Daring to be different

    Mar 12, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: original, startlingly-realistic, believable, frightening
    Cons: some sexual content, mature themes

    Summary: It seems almost ironic. Brave New World chronicles a place where individuals are no longer allowed to express true personal opinions. They are brain-washed and molded into strange, submissive, drug-addicted creatures. And yet, here I am writing my own ... read more

  • This book was quite thought provoking.

    Nov 22, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Thought Provoking
    Cons: very risque, not for young readers.

    Summary: Aldous Huxleys' Brave New World was quite thought provoking. Mr. Huxley draws the reader straight into his non-utopian society. This is not as Dark and menacing as 1984 with Big Brother watching every move. But similarities show the power that lies in ... read more

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