Brave New World

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Random House of Canada, Limited, Aug 28, 2007 - Brainwashing - 272 pages
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Marking the 75th anniversary of its original publication, Vintage Canada is proud to publish the first Canadian edition ever of the 1932 classic Brave New World with an original introduction by Margaret Atwood.

Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs, all its members are happy consumers. Bernard Marx seems alone in feeling discontent. Harbouring an unnatural desire for solitude, and a perverse distaste for the pleasure of compulsory promiscuity, Bernard has an ill-defined longing to break free. A visit to one of the few remaining Savage Reservations, where the old, imperfect life still continues, may be the cure for his distress.… Huxley’s ingenious fantasy of the future sheds a blazing light on the present and is considered to be his most enduring masterpiece.

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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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I found this powerful, engaging and fascinating, I hadn't read it since I was a teenager, and had forgotten much of it. One thing I'd forgotten was how convincingly written the Controller's arguments ... Read full review

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Brave New World Fascinating 4 Stars Hey, I'm always tardy to the party but I made it. BNW is the first of many great dystopias which continues to have resonance and power today. Eerie. Some of the ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

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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