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Brave New World
by Aldous Huxley

Published: 1998-09-01
Paperback : 268 pages
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A fantasy of the future that sheds a blazing critical light on the present--considered to be Aldous Huxley's most enduring masterpiece.

"Mr. Huxley is eloquent in his declaration of an artist's faith in man, and it is his eloquence, bitter in attack, noble in ...

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A fantasy of the future that sheds a blazing critical light on the present--considered to be Aldous Huxley's most enduring masterpiece.

"Mr. Huxley is eloquent in his declaration of an artist's faith in man, and it is his eloquence, bitter in attack, noble in defense, that, when one has closed the book, one remembers."
--Saturday Review of Literature

"A Fantastic racy narrative, full of much excellent satire and literary horseplay."
--Forum

"It is as sparkling, provocative, as brilliant, in the appropriate sense, as impressive ads the day it was published. This is in part because its prophetic voice has remained surprisingly contemporary, both in its particular forecasts and in its general tone of semiserious alarm. But it is much more because the book succeeds as a work of art...This is surely Huxley's best book."
--Martin Green

Editorial Review

"Community, Identity, Stability" is the motto of Aldous Huxley's utopian World State. Here everyone consumes daily grams of soma, to fight depression, babies are born in laboratories, and the most popular form of entertainment is a "Feelie," a movie that stimulates the senses of sight, hearing, and touch. Though there is no violence and everyone is provided for, Bernard Marx feels something is missing and senses his relationship with a young women has the potential to be much more than the confines of their existence allow. Huxley foreshadowed many of the practices and gadgets we take for granted today--let's hope the sterility and absence of individuality he predicted aren't yet to come.

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Compare to Orwell's 1984
Debate how likely a breakdown in family structure to that degree
How much does society now resemble the book's
by smulcon (see profile) 11/13/09

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Easy read
by smulcon (see profile) 11/13/09
It is a short book, so good selection if there isn't much time before next meeting.

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  "Brave New World"by smulcon (see profile) 11/13/09

Members liked this. Lively discussion. Lots of laughs about the "feelys" and "soma" and zippicamiknicks. Who wouldn't want their own helicopter? One member thought it made so much more sense than when... (read more)

 
  "Brave New World"by pjebavy (see profile) 05/15/09

Although I didn't enjoy this title as much as I remembered I still found it insightful especially when you consider it was written in 1932. It is about a utopian world where everybody belongs to everybody,... (read more)

 
  "This book is okay for a book group discussion because of the philosophical content, but everyone kind of felt the same way so not the BEST book for lively discussion."by librareader (see profile) 11/19/08

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