Brave New World

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Charnwood, 1983 - Large print books - 206 pages
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The astonishing novel Brave New World, originally published in 1932, presents Aldous Huxley's vision of the future -- of a world utterly transformed. Through the most efficient scientific and psychological engineering, people are genetically designed to be passive and therefore consistently useful to the ruling class. This powerful work of speculative fiction sheds a blazing critical light on the present and is considered to be Huxley's most enduring masterpiece. Following Brave New World is the nonfiction work Brave New World Revisited, first published in 1958. It is a fascinating work in which Huxley uses his tremendous knowledge of human relations to compare the modern-day world with the prophetic fantasy envisioned in Brave New World, including threats to humanity, such as overpopulation, propaganda, and chemical persuasion.

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A wonderful novel and very easy to read. - LibraryThing
Needless to say, it was a drastic change of pace. - LibraryThing
Absolutely amazing premise and execution. - LibraryThing
It just seems stupid this change of plot occurs. - LibraryThing
I did really like the ending. - LibraryThing
The ending again, was stronger. - LibraryThing

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To actually put in perspective the quality of this book, I will have to start by stating that I have recently read few books by current authors who also have written dystopia novels: The Hunger Games ... Read full review

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User Review  - LindaLiu - LibraryThing

Interesting. A challenging read. A clinical future of genetically modified happiness and fragile stability but of little substance. One savage struggles to understand it. Not sure I enjoyed it at all. It took a long time to read for a reason... but it does make you think. Read full review

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About the author (1983)

Aldous Huxley was born on July 26, 1894, in Surrey, England, into a distinguished scientific and literary family; his grandfather was the noted scientist and writer, T.H. Huxley. Following an eye illness at age 16 that resulted in near-blindness, Huxley abandoned hope of a career in medicine and turned instead to literature, attending Oxford University and graduating with honors. While at Oxford, he published two volumes of poetry. Crome Yellow, his first novel, was published in 1927 followed by Antic Hay, Those Barren Leaves, and Point Counter Point. His most famous novel, Brave New World, published in 1932, is a science fiction classic about a futuristic society controlled by technology. In all, Huxley produced 47 works during his long career, In 1947, Huxley moved with his family to southern California. During the 1950s, he experimented with mescaline and LSD. Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell, both works of nonfiction, were based on his experiences while taking mescaline under supervision. In 1959, Aldous Huxley received the Award of Merit for the Novel from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He died on November 22, 1963.

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