Brave New World and Brave New World Revisited

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Harper Collins, Jun 1, 2004 - Fiction - 368 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 Aldous Huxley's most enduring masterpiece.

The nonfiction work Brave New World Revisited, first published in 1958, is a fascinating work in which Huxley uses his tremendous knowledge of human relations to compare the modern-day world with his prophetic fantasy envisioned in Brave New World, including the threats to humanity, such as overpopulation, propaganda, and chemical persuasion.

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I just finished reading "Brave New World". I will definitely read "Revisited".
I consider myself a Utilitarian, that is I believe happiness to be the measure of morality. Huxley obviously disagrees
, and for that reason I found this book to be fascinating. Certainly the world he describes is terrifying. But everyone in it seems very happy. I'm not sure I'm convinced that there is actually anything wrong with a world in which everyone is happy, no matter how horrifying it might seem to an outsider. 

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Read this way after reading Neil Postman's "Amusing Ourselves to Death", where he compares ever so slightly the difference between Huxley's "Brave New World" and Orwell's 1984. Because of that I read 1984 quickly, but it was easy to see this as a false government fulfillment. Huxley on the other hand does something unique. He talks about a drug, but never really delves into what that drug is. It invites the reader and hearers of the story to what "drugs" we partake in that skew our view of life. 

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Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) is the author of the classic novels Island, Eyeless in Gaza, and The Genius and the Goddess, as well as such critically acclaimed nonfiction works as The Devils of Loudun, The Doors of Perception, and The Perennial Philosophy. Born in Surrey, England, and educated at Oxford, he died in Los Angeles.

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