Brave New World

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Perennial Classics, 1998 - Genetic engineering - 268 pages
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Required reading by many schools throughout the country, "Brave New World" is a brilliant work of fiction, as readable and pertinent today as it was over 65 years ago. Huxley's tone of semi-serious alarm and focus on specific philosophical and ethical controversies has remained amazingly contemporary -- indeed, many would argue that the future he portrayed is right here in our own society. As read by British actor Michael York, this unabridged audio edition of the book is both timely and absolutely captivating.

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User Review  - MikeFutcher - LibraryThing

"He began to talk a lot of incomprehensible and dangerous nonsense." (pg. 83) Brave New World is a prescient but uneven depiction of a dystopia, one that is unnervingly similar to the world we live in ... Read full review

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User Review  - TysonAdams - LibraryThing

Giving up on this classic. Several chapters in and no main characters, no real plot, just a heap of exposition. At least 1984 had a clear protagonist and plot to follow. If I'm going to be bashed over the head with world building and social criticism I want it to be engaging. Read full review

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About the author (1998)

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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