Brave New World

Brave New World

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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.
Publisher: Toronto :, Vintage Canada,, 2007
ISBN: 9780307356543
Branch Call Number: CLASSICS F HUX
Characteristics: 235 pages ; 21 cm


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Apr 26, 2020

This book takes the idea of 'big brother' to another realm. It blends together the social complexities of young romance and the lack of creative or individual freedoms as a result of a matrix-like society. The story will make you uncomfortable and reflect on the current state of the world.

Apr 18, 2020

This follows an array of characters who live in a dystopian world where everyone is happy.

4/5: I can't imagine all the research that went into this book. The best way I can put it is that this book is big brain. It has a lot of intellectual thoughts that I didn't really expect going into it, but that I welcomed. At first I was introduced to a world that's very inhuman and artificial, but by the end there were a lot of abstract and philosophical thoughts that questioned everything we know about life and happiness. It's truly a masterpiece, filled with details that I don't understand. I like this book.

What I Take Away: The purpose of life is the pursuit of purpose. Is happiness about believing we were made for something greater? Or is happiness about simply maintaining the body? Is it worth sacrificing art and God and suffering to be in a stable state of happiness? Are we better of being stable or instable?

Feb 18, 2020

Mmmm soma makes everything seem so wonderful. Now we have valium and other great drugs that numb everything we're suppose to feel. Here's to the future!!

Nov 26, 2019

I do not recommend this book to any young adult or especially children!!! This book is a dystopian view of a hedonistic world culture. If this were a movie (which apparently it was back in the 80's) it would be rated "R" or very close to the unheard of anymore "NC17." The fact that this book was semi-recommended by a local Christian pastor that I respect, without fair warning to its content, is shocking. Sure I can see some vague similarities to our culture today, when it comes to wanting to do what feels good without dealing with the consequences of ones own actions. But to say this describes our world today is a far cry from reality and not worth picking up for that reason. I stopped reading the book halfway through as I did not care for the mental images it was creating in my mind or the immoral filth it talked about, nor do I believe I am missing out on anything that warranted me completing the book. I get it's fiction, that doesn't mean the thoughts it evokes aren't real. You've been warned...

Nov 07, 2019

Truly enjoyed the book. I usually revel in dystopian stories and books about out of this world or underworld activities. Read it twice in a row, front to back. Upon second reading picked up the smaller things that can be missed on first reading. Many comments here made about how the book applies to our life now, etc. I agree with it all. What I can add, that no one else has yet, is that there are 3 separate pages where Huxley speaks of the experience of taking the drug "soma". I had heard a song with the strange and moody words that describe the experience on a song, and then found out that the words were taken from Huxley's book. Check it out and see what you think. The music helps to express the full effect of the stages of soma intoxication from "one gramme for a weekend" to a possible overdosed "dark eternity on the moon". The name of the group is G.O.L. The song is called "Soma Holiday". The album "Sensations of Tone".

Sep 13, 2019

Even though this book was written in 1931 there are many themes that apply to the world we live in today. From the over sexualization of all of our media, to the over dependence of the government to solve our problems, and over reliance of drugs to provide a basic reason for life.

This book is about a man (Bernard Marx) in a corrupt society trying to be individual and the conflicts related to these now despised ideals. The other characters consist of mindless people who follow the rules given or other rebels similar to Bernard. One of those characters being a man born on an Indian reservation one where he grew up knowing of the "Brave New World" via his mother.

It very Shakespearian how the whole thing plays out in the end. Also. DO NOT READ IF TOPICS OF SUIDICE OR DEATH OFFEND OR TRIGGER YOU IN ANY WAY. Theres a good bit of that in here not to spoil anything.


A modern classic, Brave New World is a work of Aldous Huxley. It details life in a dystopian society where every person is genetically engineered, bred for their job. It explains how life works, how children are raised, how people travel, how they live. It explains how they all use drugs to keep themselves happy, and what happens when you defy your superiors. The story follows several characters including Bernard Marx, Lenina Crowne, and John the Savage. I could not say that I enjoyed this book, but I found it interesting to see what a person living in the 1930s thought of the possibility of the future. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in novels about dystopian societies. Out of five, I would rate this book a three. Catherine, grade 9, of the Yorba Linda Teen Book Bloggers

Aug 12, 2019

This is one of the most interesting dystopian novels I've ever read. I'm very intrigued by the elements the author decided to include, especially his ideas of how civilization will and will not progress. Throughout the book, the characters are very complex and offer deep insight into mob mentality, governmental control, and life's purpose. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes dystopian fiction or to anyone who wants to try a new genre!

Jul 01, 2019

In this world, everyone is content thanks to the government’s persistent brainwashing. Since birth, babies are evaluated and categorized by their intelligence, which determines their future careers and started the tailor-made brainwashing process accordingly. Through the eyes of several characters, including followers, leaders and misfits in the system, Huxley creates a complete and frighteningly feasible dystopia. Because the emphasis is put on describing the world itself, character development and other elements commonly found in novels are weaker by comparison, but this does not take away from the ultimate chill that remains with the reader.
I’ve been meaning to read this book for a long time since seeing others read it during high school. But there are always so many books to read, so after reading other dystopian novels including The Handmaid’s Tale, 1984, and the Hunger Games books (LOL) I left this one hanging for some years. It was only when Neil Postman extensively referred to it in Amusing Ourselves to Death (also reviewed on this account) that I finally picked it up from the library.
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Oct 11, 2018

best part on page 103: "... infectious disease... priest.... venomous lizards."

Jul 05, 2016

"To touch the fence is instant death", "There is no escape from a Savage Reservation".

Aug 29, 2015

“Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly -- they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.”

Jun 13, 2015

"Did you eat something that didn't agree with you?" asked Bernard. The Savage nodded "I ate civilization."

May 30, 2015

“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.”

Dec 06, 2013

"Five minutes later roots and fruits were abolished; the flower of the present rosily blossomed" (88).

Mee2 Feb 21, 2013

"Sixty-two thousand four hundred repetitions make one truth."

EuSei Nov 25, 2012

Sixty-two thousand four hundred repetitions make one truth.

Rinve Aug 03, 2012

"O brave New World with all such people in it"- John the Savage and The Tempest by william ShakeSpear according to the book

May 23, 2012

"What you need," the Savage went on, "is something with tears for a change. Nothing costs enough here."


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Jul 06, 2016

This book is about a Utopian society and how the world controls people's behavior and how they control reproduction. But one person tries to understand the real meaning of life by meeting people in the Savage Reservation.

Aug 29, 2015

From the lonely man to the man with all the attention! This book is a roller coaster. From a mad society to insane customs, an unlikely relationship forms. Intelligence grows, yet dangers arise. Unexpected characters come with crazy results.

May 30, 2015

In a future where babies are created in tubes, sex is the main pastime, everyone is always happy (or on soma), hypnotism is considered learning, and there can be 96 people created from a single embryo, we follow the lives of a few upper class citizens (and one other) as they discover what it means to be different in a world where everything is the same.

May 02, 2012

Aldous Huxley predicted however many years into the future with this book Brave New World.
the book (Brave New World) is about a perfect dystopia. the different societys/ social classes. In this book drugs, sex and artificial intelligents are apart of society.

FavouriteFiction Sep 30, 2009

In the world of the future regular sex and drugs are a part of life and babies are not born but created - designed for the type of work they will do as adults.


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May 02, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: hitting and threats are done in this book and other things

May 02, 2012

Sexual Content: ehh i guess if you call taking off your clothes and walking toward a dude than yup!

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