Brave New World

English language

Published Jan. 19, 2004


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Brave New World is a dystopian social science fiction novel by English author Aldous Huxley, written in 1931 and published in 1932. Largely set in a futuristic World State, whose citizens are environmentally engineered into an intelligence-based social hierarchy, the novel anticipates huge scientific advancements in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological manipulation and classical conditioning that are combined to make a dystopian society which is challenged by only a single individual: the story's protagonist. Huxley followed this book with a reassessment in essay form, Brave New World Revisited (1958), and with his final novel, Island (1962), the utopian counterpart. The novel is often compared to George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four (published 1949). In 1999, the Modern Library ranked Brave New World at number 5 on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. In 2003, Robert McCrum, writing for The Observer, included Brave New World chronologically at number …

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O Brave New World that has such people in it!

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I really enjoyed reading this book, the style of writing is such a delight. For example when everything starts speeding up, different scenes intertwined with each other, but in a way that you can still keep up with what is happening where.

The philosophical discussion towards the end was especially interesting. I don't think that anyone could ever be happy like that (even if conditioned).

As Mark Deck (TheClick) put it so nicely: Happiness is a progress.

Happiness [isn't] achieved and everlasting. Happiness [...] requires constant investment. It's like the curve of how life is currently tilting [...], do I feel like things are going in the right direction, am I improving myself [...]? [...] when you achieve a goal you will just look towards the next goal after that. There's always a thing after, so it's more about the journey as a whole [...] rather than the specific singular …

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