Brave New World and Brave New World Revisited

Brave New World and Brave New World Revisited

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by Aldous Huxley

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"Aldous Huxley is the greatest 20th century writer in English." —Chicago Tribune

Aldous Huxley is rightly considered a prophetic genius and one of the most important literary and philosophical voices of the 20th Century, and Brave New World is his masterpiece. From the author of The Doors of Perception, Island, and countless


"Aldous Huxley is the greatest 20th century writer in English." —Chicago Tribune

Aldous Huxley is rightly considered a prophetic genius and one of the most important literary and philosophical voices of the 20th Century, and Brave New World is his masterpiece. From the author of The Doors of Perception, Island, and countless other works of fiction, non-fiction, philosophy, and poetry, comes this powerful work of speculative fiction that has enthralled and terrified readers for generations. Brave New World remains absolutely relevant to this day as both a cautionary dystopian tale in the vein of the George Orwell classic 1984, and as thought-provoking, thoroughly satisfying entertainment.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review
Huxley uses his erudite knowledge of human relations to compare our actual world with his prophetic fantasy of 1931. It is a frightening experience, indeed, to discover how much of his satirical prediction of a distant future became reality in so short a time.
Saturday Review of Literature
Mr. Huxley is eloquent in his declaration of an artist's faith in man, and it is his eloquence, bitter in attack, noble in defense, that, when one has closed the book, one remembers.
Forum Staff
A fantastic racy narrative, full of much excellent satire and literary horseplay.
Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-Brave New World by Aldous Huxley is a classic science fiction work that continues to be a significant warning to our society today. Tony Britton, the reader, does an excellent job of portraying clinical detachment as the true nature of the human incubators is revealed. The tone lightens during the vacation to the wilderness and the contrast is even more striking. Each character is given a separate personality by Britton's voices. As the story moves from clinical detachment to the human interest of Bernard, the nonconformist, and John, the "Savage," listeners are drawn more deeply into the plot. Finally, the reasoned tones of the Controller explain away all of John's arguments against the civilization, leading to John's death as he cannot reconcile his beliefs to theirs.The abridgement is very well done, and the overall message of the novel is clearly presented. The advanced vocabulary and complex themes lend themselves to class discussion and further research. There is sure to be demand for this classic in schools and public libraries.-Pat Griffith, Schlow Memorial Library, State College, PA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Staff Forum
A fantastic racy narrative, full of much excellent satire and literary horseplay.
From the Publisher
“One of the most important books to have been published since the war.”
—Daily Telegraph

“Such ingenious wit, derisive logic and swiftness of expression, Huxley’s resources of sardonic invention have never been more brilliantly displayed.”
—The Times

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Chapter One

A squat grey building of only thirty-four stories. Over the main entrance the words, CENTRAL LONDON HATCHERY AND CONDITIONING CENTRE, and, in a shield, the World State's motto, COMMUNITY, IDENTITY, STABILITY.

The enormous room on the ground floor faced towards the north. Cold for all the summer beyond the panes, for all the tropical heat of the room itself, a harsh thin fight glared through the windows, hungrily seeking some draped lay figure, some pallid shape of academic goose-flesh, but finding only the glass and nickel and bleakly shining porcelain of a laboratory. Wintriness responded to wintriness. The overalls of the workers were white, their hands gloved with a pale corpse-coloured rubber. The fight was frozen, dead, a ghost. Only from the yellow barrels of the microscopes did it borrow a certain rich and living substance, lying along the polished tubes like butter, streak after luscious streak in long recession down the work tables.

"And this," said the Director opening the door, "is the Fertilizing Room."

Bent over their instruments, three hundred Fertilizers were plunged, as the Director of Hatcheries and Conditioning entered the room, in the scarcely breathing silence, the absentminded, soliloquizing hum or whistle, of absorbed concentration. A troop of newly arrived students, very young, pink and callow, followed nervously, rather abjectly, at the Director's heels. Each of them carried a notebook, in which, whenever the great man spoke, he desperately scribbled. Straight from the horse's mouth. It was a rare privilege. The D.H.C. for Central London always made a point of personally conducting his new students roundthe various departments.

"Just to give you a general idea," he would explain to them. For of course some sort of general idea they must have, if they were to do their work intelligently — though as little of one, if they were to be good and happy members of society, as possible. For particulars, as every one knows, make for virtue and happiness; generalities are intellectually necessary evils. Not philosophers but fretsawyers and stamp collectors compose the backbone of society.

"To-morrow," he would add, smiling at them with a slightly menacing geniality, "you'll be settling down to serious work. You won't have time for generalities. Meanwhile . . ."

Meanwhile, it was a privilege. Straight from the horse's mouth into the notebook. The boys scribbled like mad.

Tall and rather thin but upright, the Director advanced into the room. He had a long chin and big rather prominent teeth, just covered, when he was not talking, by his full, floridly curved lips. Old, young? Thirty? Fifty? Fifty-five? It was hard to say. And anyhow the question didn't arise; in this year of stability, A.F. 632, it didn't occur to you to ask it.

"I shall begin at the beginning," said the D.H.C. and the more zealous students recorded his intention in their notebooks: Begin at the beginning. "These," he waved his hand, "are the incubators." And opening an insulated door he showed them racks upon racks of numbered test-tubes. "The week's supply of ova. Kept," he explained, "at blood heat; whereas the male gametes," and here he opened another door, "they have to be kept at thirty-five instead of thirty-seven. Full blood heat sterilizes." Rams wrapped in theremogene beget no lambs.

Still leaning against the incubators he gave them, while the pencils scurried illegibly across the pages, a brief description of the modern fertilizing process; spoke first, of course, of its surgical introduction- -"the operation undergone voluntarily for the good of Society, not to mention the fact that it carries a bonus amounting to six months' salary"; continued with some account of the technique for preserving the excised ovary alive and actively developing; passed on to a consideration of optimum temperature, salinity, viscosity; referred to the liquor in which the detached and ripened eggs were kept; and, leading his charges to the work tables, actually showed them how this liquor was drawn off from the test-tubes; how it was let out drop by drop onto the specially warmed slides of the microscopes; how the eggs which it contained were inspected for abnormalities, counted and transferred to a porous receptacle; how (and he now took them to watch the operation) this receptacle was immersed in a warm bouillon containing free-swimming spermatozoa — at a minimum concentration of one hundred thousand per cubic centimetre, he insisted; and how, after ten minutes, the container was lifted out of the liquor and its contents reexamined; how, if any of the eggs remained unfertilized, it was again immersed, and, if necessary, yet again; how the fertilized ova went back to the incubators; where the Alphas and Betas remained until definitely bottled; while the Gammas, Deltas and Epsilons were brought out again, after only thirty-six hours, to undergo Bokanovsky's Process.

"Bokanovsky's Process," repeated the Director, and the students underlined the words in their little notebooks.

One egg, one embryo, one adult-normality. But a bokanovskified egg will bud, will proliferate, will divide. From eight to ninety-six buds, and every bud will grow into a perfectly formed embryo, and every embryo into a fall-sized adult. Making ninety-six human beings grow where only one grew before. Progress.

"Essentially," the D.H.C. concluded, "bokanovskification consists of a series of arrests of development. We check the normal growth and, paradoxically enough, the egg responds by budding."

Responds by budding. The pencils were busy.

He pointed. On a very slowly moving band a rack-full of test-tubes was entering a large metal box, another rack-fall was emerging. Machinery faintly purred. It took eight minutes for the tubes to go through, he told them. Eight minutes of hard X-rays being about as much as an egg can stand. A few died; of the rest, the least susceptible divided into two; most put out four buds; some eight; all were returned to the incubators, where the buds began to develop; then, after two days, were suddenly chilled, chilled and checked. Two, four, eight, the buds in their turn budded; and having budded were dosed...

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Meet the Author

ALDOUS HUXLEY, born in 1894, wrote some of the most famous and enduring books of the twentieth century. His works include the classic novels Brave New World, Island, Eyeless in Gaza, and The Genius and the Goddess, as well as the nonfiction volumes The Devils of Loudun, The Doors of Perception, and The Perennial Philosophy. He died in Los Angeles in 1963.

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Brave New World and Brave New World Revisited 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
KevinOlson More than 1 year ago
This book blew me away. It challenges the mind by making you step completely out of your comfort zone and demanding you to think in an abstract way.This propheic view of how our world may end up was all thought up by this brilliant author. Even his writing style makes you step out of your comfort zone. I found the entire book a very challenging and exciting read. This is seriously a must read.
KatherineNeff More than 1 year ago
In the story, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, the reader is exposed to a new world completely different from our own. Throughout the book we follow several characters, each with their own opinions on the society they live in. Strange ideas are excellently expressed through Mr. Huxely’s writings although at parts, the reader is left slightly confused. Some of his ideas were to throw the entire society into a strict caste system, babies created through the injection of embryos, and then pre-programming them to look and think a certain way, and ideas of a family being utterly disgusting. Personally I believed this book to be extremely strange yet captivating. I thought Mr. Huxely’s ideas that where expressed in Brave New World completely went against everything I’ve been taught yet, was still interesting to see someone else’s views on the world and how society could change into the new world.
AubiSka More than 1 year ago
When I first heard of A Brave New World during my Freshman year of high school I immediately placed it on my running mental list of books to read. When the second semester of my Senior year rolled around and I was given the opportunity to read this novel in class I didn't hesitate to sign up for it.I definitely do not regret the time I spent reading and analyzing this novel as it has greatly enhanced the way that I view the workings of the world and society around me. At first glance Huxley's arguments about the human condition are fairly clear and straightforward, but as readers are taken deeper into the systems and inter workings of this strictly utopian society Huxley seems to offer up a multitude of poignant points concerning the state of the human condition. These points seem to transcend time as they remain relevant to society nearly one hundred years later. It is these reasons that make Aldous Huxley's A Brave New World a must read for any person ready to challenge themselves and the role they play in society.
CabbieMA More than 1 year ago
Brave new world comes much closer to the way we live than Orwells "1984." In the 1920's,the visionary Huxley tells a futuristic tale of a dystopian civilization in which religion, families, marriage, long-term friendships, and love have all been replaced by a corrupt instutional state that freely distibutes tranquilizers, encourages casual sex between adults and even between children, ridicules and treats religion as a pschological illness, and stimulates and pacifies the population with a constant barrage of gratutous sexual movies, glorification of celebrity, and gossipy news about meaningless subjects. Sound familier. Read "Brave New World" to see its parallels in our own culture. The only hero is John Savage, a man who grew up on an Indian reservation in Arizona among tribe that still paractices the old ways of loving families, religious worship, and monogamous relatinships. When Savage is brought back to the Brave New World, he is treated like a side-show freak and ridiculed into insanity. A must read for anyone who really wants to discover reality.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received the book on time, and it was in excellent condition. I am very satisfied with this purchase.
xDeepxEroticxReaderx More than 1 year ago
This Book Brave New World Was Confusing, Yet Amazing Beyind Belief. I Read This Book For My 12Th Grade English Class. Even Though I Read It For That Class I Have To Say I Would Have Read It Anyways. This Book Made Me Stop And Take A Step To Look At The World I Now Live In. It Made Me Look At Everything. For Example, Just The Way We Treat Each Other And How We Go About Our Lifes. The Ending Though Straight Up Broke My Heart Apart. It Was Nothing Like How I Thought It Would Have Ended. I Would Give This Book To All Of My Friends, Family And Basicly Anyone To Read. It Changed Me And How I Now Look At The World Around Me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall, I liked the book, I liked the theme - because we can all relate to the theme, somewhat. The characters of the book have a great variety, it really enhances the reading, and makes it easier to understand. Now that I think about it, I don't think Huxley could have created 'normal' characters in such a dystopia of a life. Some of the concepts of the book killed me, and I found myself looking up other summaries profusely to understand some of the: quotes, situations, and/or character responses.

I'll give this book a 4 star rating, the only reason, in my opinon, its not worthy of 5 stars is because it isn't one bit reader friendly, more of a 'manual' book to me.
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The beginning was great in terms of setting up this world but about half way through it begins a downward slide with an ending that I didn't like. Definitely prefer 1984 over this book, but it is a classic nonetheless.
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