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@Download Ebook ä Brave New World è Brave New World Is A Dystopian Novel Written InBy English Author Aldous Huxley, And Published InLargely Set In A Futuristic World State Of Genetically Modified Citizens And An Intelligence Based Social Hierarchy, The Novel Anticipates Huge Scientific Developments In Reproductive Technology, Sleep Learning, Psychological Manipulation, And Classical Conditioning That Are Combined To Make A Utopian Society That Goes Challenged Only By A Single Outsider This set the stage about what a dystopian story should be or not be But I don t want comfort I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness I want sin First published in 1932, this is timeless and is as relevant today as when it was first written Sixteen years before Orwell s 1984 but eleven years after We by Yevgeny Zamyatin, this is a high water mark for the genre, many of its themes could be told today Truth be said, this could be published today and would be just as good, it rises to the challenge and then towers above it If one s different, one s bound to be lonely Everyday life makes me think of this book all the time Huxley doesthan describe a bleak and cynical post apocalyptic or dystopian world, he looks a dystopian resident in the eye and puts before him a mirror to flesh out what is real and unreal Further, Huxley has turned that same mirror on the reader and we see in his far future fantasy a reality that could be today Huxley reveals that the seeds of Mustafa Mond and his ilk have fertile ground in our culture and in our souls No social stability without individual stability Finally, Huxely provides a glimpse behind the curtain, we see the false wizard in his machinations The world that has been crafted for the denizens of Huxley s nightmare landscape is explained fully and matter of factly by Mond Huxley s sermon is delivered as stoically and deterministically as Jonathon Edwards Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God You all remember, I suppose, that beautiful and inspired saying of Our Ford s History is bunk A must read. I need to parse my rating of this book into the good or great , the bad and the very fugly because I thought aspects of it were inspired genius and parts of it were dreggy, boring and living near the border of awful In the end, the wowness and importance of the novel s ideas as well as the segments that I thoroughly enjoyed carried the book to a strong 3.5 star rating.THE REALLY GOOD EXCELLENT I loved the first third of the book in which the basic outline of the Brave New World and its devalued, conveyer belt morality is set forth The narrative device employed by Huxley of having the Director of Hatchery and Conditioning provide a walking tour to students around the facility as a way to knowledge up the reader on the societal basics was perfect We learn of the cloning birthing process, the caste system and the fundamental tenets upon which the society is organized This was as good a use of infodumping exposition as I had come across in some time and I was impressed both with the content and delivery method The reader gets a crash course in world and its history in a way that fit nicely into the flow of the narrative without ever feeling forced This was easily the best part of the novel for me, and Huxley s mass production based society of enforced hedonism and anti emotion was very compelling Sort of like Now, long jumping to the end of the novelI also thought the final debate near the story s climax between John the savage and Mustapha Mond, the World Controller, was exceptional This last chapter ending of the book, while abrupt, was masterful and struck the proper chord with the overall theme of the book Thus, a superior 4.5 to 5.0 stars for this portion of the book THE BAD AWFUL I thought the middle of the book including both the trip to the reservation and John s initial return to London was a sleeping pill and felt disconnected from the rest of the narrative Throughout this entire portion of the book, all I kept thinking was The only purpose of this long, long..LONG section seems to be to allow the reader to see Bernard Marx do a complete 180 in his views on the society once he finds himself in the role of celebrity by virtue of his relationship with John the savage Sorry, this just did not strike me as a big enough payoff for this dry, plodding section It was a test of endurance to get through this portion of the book, so I m being generous when I give it a weak 2.0 to 2.5 stars I could just have easily summed it up by just saying Bottom line, I think this is a book that should be read It s important book and there is much brilliance here Plus, it is short enough that the stale boring segments aren t too tortuous to get through However, as far as the triumvirate of classic dystopian science fiction goes1984 is still the undisputed champ.3.0 Stars Recommended.
Warning The following review contains humor If you read it and actually think that I m being critical of Huxley, try reading it again Here s a hint Look for the irony of the italicized parts when compared to the previous statements If you post a comment that asserts that I m wrong stupid crazy for this and or try to lecture me on all the points you think I missed then I m going to assume that you read it literally, missed the joke, didn t read the other comments where I ve already answered this about a dozen times, and I will delete your post. I have to apologize for this review The concept of this book was so outlandish that I think it made my mind wander, and you may find some odd random thoughts scattered in it Anyhow, this book was so silly and unrealistic Like any of this could happen In the far future the babies are genetically engineered and designed for certain stations in life with a large workforce bred to be happy with menial jobs that don t stress them physically or mentally I really should look into getting that data entry position I saw in the job postings It d be a lot less stressful than what I m doing now. In addition to all the genetic modifications, the children are raised by the state, and words like father and mother are considered obscenities Subliminal messaging through infancy and childhood also condition people to repeat idiotic platitudes as if they are genuine wisdom I ve been in a bad mood today I need to turn that frown upside down. And since the world economy depends on constant consumption by the highest classes, they re encouraged to be wasteful The collars on a couple of my shirts are a little frayed I should go buy some new ones and throw the old ones out. and to engage in activities that demand spending and resource use Should I get a new set of golf clubs I lost my old ones when we moved, but I hadn t played in a long time But would I playif I got new clubs There s that really nice looking course right down the street I don t know how they keep the grass that green in this heat. The population even gets to zip around in their own private helicopters rather than cars Man, when are they going to come out with jet packs for everyone It s 2011 and I m still driving around in a car like a chump I want my jet pack Casual sex is actively encouraged Wow These condom commercials on TV have gotten really racy. The population is also programmed to be constantly partaking of some form of entertainment and to never just sit quietly and think I m bored Writing is boring. or to be alone Let s check Facebook and see what all my friends are doing.One of the sillier ideas is that the foundation of this society is Henry Ford s assembly lines and that Ford has become the most revered figure in history Like a businessman could ever become that popular Is Steve Jobs making any announcements this week I get itchy when there s no new Apple products. While everyone seeks to be constantly entertained, all of the entertainment panders to the lowest common denominator Hey, Jersey Shore is onand the emphasis is on presenting it with gimmicks to engage the audience like the feelies , movies that the audience can also smell and feel the sensation from I wonder if they ll re release Avatar at the movies so I can see it in 3D again like James Cameron intendedAt one point, a character complains about the feelies, But they re told by an idiot.works of art out of practically nothing but pure sensation I should go see that new Michael Bay Transformers movie.Perhaps the most far fetched idea in this is that the population has been trained to sedate themselves with a drug called soma that relives any potential anxieties and keeps people from thinking about anything upsetting I want a beer.I guess this Huxley guy might have gotten lucky and predicted a few things, but he was way off base about where society was going. Aldous Huxley wrote Brave New World in 1932 That s almost eighty years ago, but the book reads like it could have been written yesterday especially interesting to me was how Huxley was able to predict the future of both genetic engineering and the action blockbuster Damn I think I liked this one better than 1984, the book traditionally considered to be this one s counterpart Not really sure why this is, but it s probably because this one has a clearer outsider character the Savage who can view the world Huxley created through his separate perspective In this light, I will give the last word to Neil Postman, who discussed the differences between Orwell and Huxley s views of the future What Orwell feared were those who would ban books What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one Orwell feared those who would deprive us information Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance Orwell feared we would become a captive culture Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy As Huxley remarked in Brave New World revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny failed to take into account man s almost infinite appetite for distractions In Nineteen Eighty Four people are controlled by inflicting pain In Brave New World people are controlled by inflicting pleasure In short, Orwell feared that what we hate will ruin us Huxley feared that what we love will ruin us.