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Brave New World [electronic resource] : Huxley, Aldous.
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- Language: English
- Publication Information: [S.l.] : Blackstone Audio, 2008.
- Publication Date: 2008
- Physical Description: 1 online resource(1 sound file (8hr.,0min.,5sec.))
- Publication Type: Audio; Computer File; eBook
- Document Type: Not applicable; Electronc sound
- Subject Terms: FICTION|Classics|; Electronic books
- URL: https://ebook.yourcloudlibrary.com/library/fayettepl-document_id-ecdayr9; cloudLibrary
From the Goodreads Review Blog - Batman
Pen Name: Batman Age: 16 Title: Brave New World Author: Alduos Huxly Publisher: Harper Perennial Summary: This book was published in 1932 and was, very enjoyably, anti-communism. When the government decides that society can't be trusted with peace, they pose the question: Would you rather be happy or have the freedom to be unhappy? They chose number one. This book is about dealing with that and revolting against it. Cover appeal: This book is so old that I doubt the copy that I have is the original cover. Mine reveals absolutely nothing about the book. Most compelling parts of the book: The absolute convoluted-ness of the government. They knew about life before, and still went into a communist regime, that controlled peoples genetics. People didn't have a right to do what they wanted to, they were put under the illusion that they were doing it. Disappointments: It was bland, but the philosophical point was made. How would you rate this book? 4 - Better than most Recommendations and final thoughts: People with high lexiles and mature readers, it is kind of explicit.
Great book! It was very exciting overall. Huxley did a great job creating a distopian world. I thought it was somewhat believble that certain characters would have differing motives reagarding the society. (Some willing to stand up and fight while most (Deltas etc.) do not realize that they are trapped)
The Trials of Utopia!
Is your version of the world a world without love, parents, religion, unconventional thinking, a caste system, and a drug that will make everything better? If so, Brave New World is a book you will devour and enjoy. This dystopian novel is not my ideal version of the world. However, I do believe it presents a few ideas that we should learn to avoid from reading this book. In Brave New World the ideal society exists. It is carefully crafted by the controllers and everyone has their purpose and place. However, Bernard Marx is unhappy with this society. He tires of the promiscuity and people without unusual thinking. Also, people tease and gossip about Barnard because he is not your typical Alpha male. Bernard decides to visit a Savage compound where he makes a startling discovery that will change his world and this idealized version of perfection forever. This book will leave a reader exploring their version of the world and pondering what freedom truly represents. There is rampant symbolism and themes explored in this book and it will leave the reader free to make their own interpretations of the novel. A very thought-provoking book! I would recommend Brave New World to readers who enjoy dystopian novels.
A Frightening and Fascinating Look at a Possible F
Several hundred years in the earth's future, society has changed dramatically into one where children are cloned and grown in bottles, rampant sexuality and regular drug-induced reveries are encouraged and almost required, and a sedate sense of happiness and content is the primary objective of humanity. One man dares to imagine that there must be something more to life and relationships than his lifelong conditioning has convinced him, and when he finds a young man who grew up away from this so-called utopia, new ideas start to appear, alarming and disconcerting to those who so struggle to keep the balance of the new world order. I have had this book on my to-read list for years, and once I even picked it up to start it, but then it was due back at the library so it was put on hold for quite some time. I'm so glad I finally read it! It was a very quick read, and it was riveting and compelling, and though it's not a perfect novel story- or character-wise, it has so much going on and gave me so much to think about that I felt it was more about the ideas presented than the characters themselves. The way the world was first presented was a little scientific for my taste, and it seemed to take its time picking up speed, but once it did, and once it started putting forth some of the more philosophical ideas, I really enjoyed it. I was surprised at the amount of sexual content, I just hadn't expected that, but it was also nice how it was handled pretty subtly. The writing was good and readable, and Huxley used a few pretty unique devices to keep me on my toes. While there wasn't one main protagonist throughout, I found the cast of characters pretty varied and interesting, from the businesslike Henry Foster and the guileless product of her generation Lenina Crowne to the "grotesque" outcast Linda and the source of her everlasting personal shame, her son John. Watching the dramatic change in character of the dissatisfied and almost mutinous Bernard Marx and his pensive friend Helmholtz Watson was very interesting too. John, the "Savage," was clearly the character I was supposed to relate to, and I did. It was just so easy to take his side and adopt his perspective, but at the same time it seemed important to consider that Lenina really wasn't a strumpet, she was just a member of this bizarre society. Toward the end there was a little more discussion than I expected, but the ending was appropriately and satisfyingly grim. Overall, I was pretty shocked at how relevant this book is, probably even more now than when it was written. It was surprising to learn from one of the appendices of the edition I read that it was not very well-received by critics of its day, most of whom found problems with the plot or characters, but this is the kind of book that (well, evidently) means more as more time goes by. It's uncanny in its premonitions and kind of unsettling in what it could mean for the future of humanity. The other thing is that the purpose of this book could change pretty dramatically based on the reader's individual perspective. It's very interesting the ideas this book brings up about happiness, especially as seen through the lens of this entitled generation, so used are we to instant gratification. Is it really the most important thing to be happy all the time? To never work or achieve or be sad or disappointed? I always expected this book to be one of those huge tomes that people feel obliged make their way through once in their lifetime, but I tore through it and really liked it. As far as futuristic dystopian novels this probably isn't the absolute best ever (that distinction might go to 1984), but it is gripping and compelling, and pretty (appropriately) sad. Its relevance to today's society and ideals was eerie and at times unsettling, but every time I picked it up I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next.
Brave New World
This amazing work of art puts out many messages that clearly reflect the author's perspective on society. Even though its reading level is managable for a 7th-Grader, it can be difficult to understand the plot of the book since some events are only hinted at. Its faults as a book are considerable: two dystopias coexist, and no ideal medium is reached--but its idea that free wil is what makes us human can be revolutionary in your finding of self.