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Brave New World / Brave New World Revisited ❮PDF / Epub❯ ☉ Brave New World / Brave New World Revisited Author Aldous Huxley – Romanzo del 1932 Il mondo nuovo è ambientato in un immaginario stato totalitario del futuro pianificato nel nome del razionalismo produttivistico dove tutto è sacrificabile a un malinteso mito del p Romanzo World / Brave New PDF or del Il mondo nuovo è World / MOBI õ ambientato in un immaginario stato totalitario del futuro pianificato nel nome del razionalismo produttivistico dove tutto è sacrificabile a un malinteso mito del progresso I cittadini di uesta società non sono oppressi dalla guerra né dalle malattie e possono accedere liberamente a ogni piacere materiale Affinché si mantenga uesto euilibrio però gli abitanti concepiti e prodotti industrialmente in provetta sotto il costante controllo di ingegneri genetici durante l'infanzia Brave New Epub / vengono condizionati con la tecnologia e con le New World / Brave New eBook ò droghe e da adulti occupano ruoli sociali prestabiliti secondo il livello di nascita In cambio del mero benessere fisico i cittadini devono insomma rinunciare a ogni emozione a ogni sentimento e a ogni difesa della propria individualità I pilastri ideologici che fanno da sfondo al fortunato romanzo vengono ripresi nel nella raccolta di saggi intitolata Ritorno al mondo nuovo in cui Aldous Huxley riesamina singolarmente le sue New World / PDF ↠ profezie alla luce degli avvenimenti degli ultimi anni arrivando alla conclusione che molte delle sue più catastrofiche previsioni di uasi trent'anni prima si sono avverate anzitempo e fanno già parte del presente Un documento inuietante che costringe a riflettere sul prezzo che uotidianamente siamo chiamati a pagare per costruire il futuro.

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  1. Rakhi Dalal Rakhi Dalal says:

    1984 by Orwell was the first work of dystopian fiction that I laid my hands on It left me so numb that I couldn't gather my thoughts on the experience of reading it Then I read Brave New World by Huxley and then We by Zamyatin followed by the little story The New Utopia by Jerome BNW inspired me to read We That makes for a reverse order in terms of their time of publicationI am not sure why I felt drawn to these books in succession May be these readings came in wake of the increasing uncertainty towards the kind of future we are standing on the brink of I don't know if the nations have become hostile towards each other than they were ever whether we the people have become intolerant towards each other or whether it is because of the faster and consistent accessibility to the happenings around the world that it appears to be the case May be I felt that these readings might help me understand the extent to which we humans can advance in order to maintain the supremacy of a selected few one in power so that some form of uniformity may be imposed in the name of forced ideals What these readings really did was to lay bare the fragility of societal structure which can crumble and surrender to the whims of its selected fewone But it also made clear the neccessity to exercise our faculties rationally to be aware of the dangers such advances may hold for the future of human civilization itselfPS Only thing which really didn't go down well with me about this book was the portrayal of the character of John the Savage He is born in a savage society there is no mention of him being ever educated but he has read the complete works of Shakespeare and his discourse later on shows a kind of deep understanding and adherence to an idea of morality which is difficult to imagine owing to his savage upbringing

  2. Larry Larry says:

    I somehow managed to live to age 60 before reading a book most people read in high school The title is so etched in our culture I had little curiosity and now I've discovered just how brilliant this 1932 novel is While the specifics of Huxley's Brave New World may not yet be here or not in the form he envisioned the picture he paints is frightening As he says in the introduction There is of course no reason why the new totalitarianisms should resemble the oldA really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced because they love their servitudeThe first element of the brave new world is production line bio manufacturing of people assembly line produced babies standard men and women in uniform batches bio engineered to fit a particular role in life Henry Ford's production methods are so revered the passage of time is measured by AF years or years after the time of Ford Then there is the embryonic childhood and early adult conditioning explained by a manager All conditioning aims at that making people like their unescapable social destiny My favourite conditioning scene had a nurse training infants to dislike books and nature by terrifying them whenever they approached or even looked at a book or flower We condition to masses to hate the country ie non urban living says one managerThe other means of control was mass addiction to the drug soma readily distributed to all powerful than alcohol or heroin and producing complete bliss In one scene a sub species group was getting out of control so police arrive and rather than wielding batons spray soma mist in the air Suddenly from out of the Synthetic Music Box a Voice began to speakThe sound track roll was unwinding itself in Synthetic Anti Riot Speech Number Two Medium Strength My friendswhat is the meaning of this? Why aren't you all being happy and good together?at peace at peaceOh I do want you to be happy Two minutes later the riot was overMost of the book is chilling but for a modern reader one of the funniest scenes is how Huxley envisioned an on the scene live radio broadcast by a reporter in the future rapidly with a series of ritual gestures he uncoiled two wires connected to the portable battery buckled round his waist; plugged them simultaneously into the sides of his aluminum hat; touched a spring on the crown and antennae shot up into the air; touched another spring on the peak of the brim and like a jack in the box out jumped a microphone and hung there uivering six inches in front of his nose Cool One of the managers summarized the brave new world this way The world's stable now People are happy; they get what they want; and they never want what they can't get They're well off; they're safe; they're never ill; they're not afraid of death; they're blissfully ignorant of passion and old age; they're plagued with no mothers or fathers; they've got no wives or children or lovers to feel strong about; they're so conditioned that they practically can't help behaving as they ought to behave And if anything should go wrong there's soma It's a neo fascist's wet dreamIn his follow up bookletessay Brave New World Revisited written in 1958 Huxley compared Orwell's nightmare vision of 1984 with his vision of Brave New World and describes the differences this way In 1984 the lust for power is satisfied by inflicting pain; in Brave New World by inflicting a hardly less humiliating pleasure I don't think modern day totalitarians have set aside Orwell's approach but I do fear the most serious danger in the future is closer to what Huxley envisioned

  3. K.D. Absolutely K.D. Absolutely says:

    Prophetic Well Aldous Huxley 1894 1963 tried to predict what would happen probably during our time now up to the 26th century or 632 AF Anno Ford with Year 0 being 1908 when Model T was introduced He wrote this novel Brave New World in 1931 and first published in 1932 Fifteen years after in 1949 George Orwell did a similar thing when he published his social science fiction 1984 Both Huxley and Orwell were like Nostradamus but without the dreams or visions Huxley came from the famous Huxley family with outstanding scientific medical artistic and literary talent Orwell on the other hand was said to possess a keen intelligence and wit a profound awareness of social injustice an intense revolutionary opposition to totalitarianism a passion for clarity in language and a belief in democratic socialismIMO let's see what happened so far after almost 80 years At least with some semblance Huxley's prophesy Babies are mass produced in laboratories Take note that Watson and Crick only discovered the DNA helix structure in 1953 So this was a good guess by Huxley Reality Dolly the cloned sheep 1996 2003 Huxley's prophesy Soma readily available all around upper that make you feel better Reality Ecstasy etc although they are not readily available and expensive Huxley's prophesy Overpopulation Reality Correct But that should be easy Huxley's prophesy Free sex Reality Marry your wife get sex free Huxley's prophesy No religion no God no concept of the family no mama no papa Reality 'think that this has not changed so muchSeriously this is a well written dystopian novel and is now top of my list of favorite sci fi novels relegating 1984 to second place Reason this came before that Orwell's book and this is written in a funny way that I think even children can appreciate John the Savage for example seems like Tarzan the first time he sees the World State aka The Brave New World and also his elouence and mastery of Shakespeare's verses is just so funny Why Shakespeare? Because Huxley and The Bard were both British? Well I should have added that In a way Huxley also indirectly prophesized that children of the 21st century would still study Shakespeare in school Huxley and Shakespeare are both genius anyway So let their books live forever Thanks to my reading buddies Bea Angus and Tintin for reading this book with me Whoever thought of suggesting this book for us to read should have some potential to be a future genius too Excellent choice for a book

  4. Tristan Tristan says:

    “The nature of psychological compulsion is such that those who act under constraint remain under the impression that they are acting on their own initiative The victim of mind manipulation does not know that he is a victim To him the walls of his prison are invisible and he believes himself to be free That he is not free is apparent only to other people His servitude is strictly objective”While its illustrious counterpart Orwell’s 1984 has entered our cultural lexicon in significant ways – who doesn't know about Doublethink Newspeak Memory Hole or The Ministry of Truth? Huxley’s concocted fable of a scientifically authored future for mankind remains the most clinically rationally approached and thus prescient one In a far off future this vision penned down in 1931 could very well prove to be correct making the noble attempt of his former student Orwell seem almost crude and laughable in comparison Indeed in 2017 a Brave New World scenario is near than we’d like to imagine All the technical tools even if still primitive are available all that need be added are the right circumstances and a powerful unopposed group strong willed enough to bring it into realityYet for all its prophetic potency at the same time this is exactly where the issue lies with Brave New World as a work of art it doesn’t cleave to you It’s a novel almost solely composed of ideas And so judged purely as a novel it shows itself to be rather threadbare in its construction offering up little than a dry summation of what are admittedly intriguing concepts but ultimately showing an acute deficiency in its ability to evoke any deep emotion This primarily is the fault of its underdeveloped two dimensional characters and a lacklustre almost lazy plot that doesn’t necessarily invite further contemplation by the reader on the intricacies of what by all rights should be a richly textured world or on its history for that matter It's mind bogglingly restricted superficial and how ironic sterile One wouldn't be wrong in asserting this might have been Huxley’s exact intention so as to make the future all the devoid of humanity and thus frightening to us but that shouldn't serve as an excuse for tedium All good fiction does need to have these emotional anchors in place Here sadly it falls short in that regard A historically significant work to be sure but aesthetically lacking Brave New World Revisited 1958 however Huxley’s later commentary on the viability of the future he envisioned I found to be much preferable Dispensing with characterization or concern for plot Huxley can engage at heart’s content in some intellectual freestyling ruminating extrapolating pursuing various strands of thought etc His comparision of the different techniues of mind manipulation both of individuals and of crowds employed by the authoritarian regimes of Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia were particularly insightful I could have tolerated it being lengthy than it is actually In essence it is both a sobering account of how malleable and indeed easily influenced human beings in the main really are when put in the “right” conditions and a manual on how to counteract the ambitions of those in possession of the vulgar will to power A vigilant defense of freedom in all its forms education and a deep awareness of our inherent corruptability and faults Huxley argues are still our best bulwarks against further encroachment by budding tyrantsIn this case prophesy for all intents and purposes thankfully remains a mug’s game

  5. Carol Smith Carol Smith says:

    Brave New World A difficult book to rate I thoroughly hated the journey Random thoughts that popped into my head along the way included I’d like to go to Iceland Right now I could really use a soma tablet Dystopia is so not my cup of teaThe ideas communicated are both profound and profoundly disturbing but the vehicle used to communicate them to the reader is simply excruciating Lame shallow characterizations along with a simplistic and simply boring plot a lethal combination In the excellent foreword which I don’t recommend reading until the end Christopher Hitchens suggests that the characters are two dimensional for a reason – because the Society of BNW has snuffed out their emotional and intellectual depth This may be so but it makes for painful reading Nabokov detested the “novel of ideas” for very good reason – they just aren’t much funAnd yet I thoroughly enjoyed the climactic conversation between the Savage and the World Controller Here we get to hear Aldous – channeled via Mustapha Mond – brilliantly lay out his full dystopic vision I just couldn’t bear the path taken to get me there Brave New World Revisited The earlier chapters on population pressures over organization and propaganda are uite prescient and interesting I lost interest once he began delving into how the future state will brainwash and distract the individual and I suspect he did as well In the end notes Huxley is uoted as saying upon completing BNW Revisited “I am sick and tired of this kind of writingFinally it must be said that Huxley was a futurist but was also inevitably a product of his time His obsession with eugenics his belief in the hereditary nature of intelligence and his obvious anti Semitism detract and distract from his core message Still I couldn’t have hated it all that much as I just added Island and Point Counter Point to my GoodReads ueue

  6. John M John M says:

    What I like most about Brave New World is that it centers on the disease of human passivity as it's controlled by the higher ups in society With 1984 there is the possibility for consciousness of the inherent evil of the subversive intolerance of the government and therefore the possibility for revolution If only the people would realize their situation If only the proles could unite against totalitarian tyranny With Huxley's fable however this consciousness is completely undermined through the fulfillment of the base drives of the majority There is no reason to rebel and society can change only through an impossible systematic negation of all the techniues espoused that clamor to fulfill these drives Anyone who comes to realize the true state of affairs isn't filled with a Herculean wish to revamp it but can only sigh to himself while secretly saying ah that's just society getting what it wants and make plans for voluntary exile This is the cynicism of Huxley given literary flesh He echoes the Dostoevskian lament through the Grand Inuisitor alluded to in Brave New World Revisited that human beings want to be taken care of and provided for not free Freedom is too hard it takes work and to be human is to take the easy way outThe grandeur of Huxley is that he wasn't just a novelist as seems to be the case with creative writers for the last fifty years Walker Percy Anthony Burgess and a handful of others exempt Brave New World Revisited attests to this fact as well as other minor philosophical gems like The Perennial Philosophy where he stretches to mysticism and The Doors of Perception where he journals the psychedelic flavor of mescaline His ruminations are perfectly commensurate with our state today where education is in decline where neohedonism is the game where it's all about money and fulfillment of drives over truth etc and the points that shine the most are on propaganda and well the distractability of human beingsIn regard to propaganda the early advocates of universal literacy and a free press envisaged only two possibilities the propaganda might be true or it might be false They did not foresee what in fact has happened above all in our Western capitalist democracies the development of a vast mass communications industry concerned in the main neither with the true nor the false but with the unreal the or less totally irrelevant In a word they failed to take into account man's almost infinite appetite for distractionsThis is the basis of society in Brave New World and scientific and technological advances eugenics hypnopaedia classical conditioning are a means to this end Huxley saw like Chomsky after him that you don't need to bludgeon the population in order to coerce it to your preferences Rather you manipulate minds Things are less messy this way

  7. Love of Hopeless Causes Love of Hopeless Causes says:

    Brave New World beat out 1984 as the tyranny of choice Consider smartphone addiction people love to be enslaved 2ooo times a day and beg for the privilege I don't believe most people make independent decisions any they just act out their programming The first step to overcoming brainwashing is to realize you've been brainwashed Do you fail to one star your DNF's? To do so is to cheat the reading community of their time Is it because you are lazy or because you want to be nice? If you are doing it in order to get likes are you certain that strategy is effective? Or is it because your handlers have taught you to never uestion authority? Is three uestion marks in a row bad style?If you can't embody this level of skepticism you may no longer have a choice in the matter Why do people self censor? Is it training or the path of least resistance?If you are still reading this I highly recommend Brave New World Revisited It's a checklist of how we got to where we are now

  8. Seth Seth says:

    I needed something to read on the plane from San Antonio so I picked this book up at an airport bookstore It was a good choice because I have been interested in dystopian literature for some time I found Brave New World both prescient and engaging I thought Huxley did a good job not only describing his view of the future but also supplying a decent plot and good character development The interplay between the rebellious intellectual Bernard Marx the beautiful and shallow fully acclimated Lenina Crowne and the Savage John from New Mexico was interesting I also appreciated the contrast between hyper modern London and the Indian reservation in New Mexico where old traditions persisted Huxley described the setting in both places convincingly although they represented opposite extremes of human behaviorI do see some signs that Huxley's depressing vision of the future has been realized For example the stratification of society according to cognitive skills is very evident today One might even suggest that today's surveillance state and military industrial complex leave little room for individuality A powerful media is capable of transmitting government propaganda Our popular culture is extremely low brow and decadent Perhaps it is difficult to have authentic unmediated experiences and shape one's own destiny Those who try to live off the grid in order to escape the confining norms and conventions of a post industrial society may relate to Huxley's dystopian vision

  9. Kirstin Kirstin says:

    This one just didn't live up to the hype I had built up about it I feel bad giving it 3 stars but I just didn't enjoy it that much I'm sure I should have read it long ago

  10. ✧ k a t i e ✧ ✧ k a t i e ✧ says:

    Yeah I enjoyed this 10000000000x better than 1984 AND WHAT WAS THAT ENDING????

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