Another excellent example of a negative utopia which generally is named in the same breath as Orwell's 1984...but there is very little in common beyond that. The book opens by showcasing it's perfection of societal division, where social groupings and career roles are predetermined by a eugenics program implemented after years of research and development. As well, within the opening introduction, we discover that the old social mores and customs have been eliminated … more
John and Mond debate the value of the World State’s policies, John arguing that they dehumanize the residents of the World State and Mond arguing that stability and happiness are more important than humanity. Mond explains that social stability has required the sacrifice of art, science, and religion. John protests that, without these things, human life is not worth living. Bernard reacts wildly when Mond says that he and Helmholtz will be exiled to distant islands, and he is … more
One of the noticeable things about this novel at its conclusion is that you don't really find any fully likable characters. While most novels have a clear and defined party you should sympathize with and join for the journey throughout the work Brave New World does not. Lenina, John, and Bernerd all have appalling or ironic behavior that make them difficult to like. The other characters, while developed and rich are even worse. This isn't a bad thing but an interesting story … more
To me, Brave New World and 1984 are two sides to the same dystopian coin, but it's 1984 that tends toward popularity and glory, while Brave New World is often only discovered by people who are already fans of the science fiction genre and looking to expand their classics reading. I, too, am guilty of this and only discovered Brave New World a few years ago. Now I say to myself "How can you call yourself a Science Fiction fan without having read this (and … more
Brave New World is often compared to the better known 1984 dystopian novels which describe a future run by an overbearing government. Brave New World was actually written first and in my opinion is the worse of the two but that does not mean it is a bad book by any means. The story tells the tale of a future where human beings are no longer conceived but instead cloned and have been categorised into pre-determined roles due to controlled levels of intelligence - alphas, … more
I liked this dystopia much better than 1984. Huxley's writing seems much more eloquent and expressive than Orwell's. My favorite part about the book though, and something that sets it apart from 1984 is the fact that the dystopia presented, as horrifying as it is, might not be all that bad...
This book is one of the classics of science fiction literature. I have to be honest, I did have some trouble understanding the ending. The ideas that Aldous Huxley came up with in 1932 are amazing. There is a reason that this book has stood the test of time -- it is a great book by a wonderful author. I would like to reread this book and try to understand the ending a bit better.
In my opinion, an excellent analysis of a potential future far more insidious than that of books such as 1984. People balk at control via suffering, and cruelty much faster than society's attempts at eliminating "unpleasant" or "dangerous" things, (for instance through censorship and Lithium in the water).
You can't appreciate George Orwell's "1984" without "Brave New World." While sex is forbidden in the former, it is the method of control in the latter. Either way, flourishing dystopia is the end result. If you thought one of them made you think, looking at them together is even better. Also, if you've read "Brave New World," check out the song "Hug Me" by Meg & Dia. It is based on the book and I quite like it.