Brave New World

Brave New World

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By (author) Aldous Huxley

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  • Publisher: VINTAGE
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 110mm x 176mm x 20mm | 141g
  • Publication date: 2 September 2004
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099477467
  • ISBN 13: 9780099477464
  • Sales rank: 488

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Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through the clever mix of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs, everyone is a happy consumer. Bernard Marx seems alone in his discontent.

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Aldous Huxley was born on 26 July 1894 near Godalming, Surrey. He began writing poetry and short stories in his early 20s, but it was his first novel, Crome Yellow (1921), which established his literary reputation. This was swiftly followed by Antic Hay (1923), Those Barren Leaves (1925) and Point Counter Point (1928) - bright, brilliant satires in which Huxley wittily but ruthlessly passed judgement on the shortcomings of contemporary society. For most of the 1920s Huxley lived in Italy and an account of his experiences there can be found in Along the Road (1925). The great novels of ideas, including his most famous work Brave New World (published in 1932 this warned against the dehumanising aspects of scientific and material 'progress') and the pacifist novel Eyeless in Gaza (1936) were accompanied by a series of wise and brilliant essays, collected in volume form under titles such as Music at Night (1931) and Ends and Means (1937). In 1937, at the height of his fame, Huxley left Europe to live in California, working for a time as a screenwriter in Hollywood. As the West braced itself for war, Huxley came increasingly to believe that the key to solving the world's problems lay in changing the individual through mystical enlightenment. The exploration of the inner life through mysticism and hallucinogenic drugs was to dominate his work for the rest of his life. His beliefs found expression in both fiction (Time Must Have a Stop,1944, and Island, 1962) and non-fiction (The Perennial Philosophy, 1945; Grey Eminence, 1941; and the account of his first mescalin experience, The Doors of Perception, 1954. Huxley died in California on 22 November 1963.

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By Christine 25 Oct 2012 5

'Brave New World' is a spine chilling dystopian text, which includes scarily accurate predictions of the present, whereby Aldous Huxley employs wonderful literary techniques and style of writing that allows audiences to imagine a world run by totalitarianism and oppression of the human condition.
By extrapolating aspects of political, sociological, philosophical, and scientific norms that transcend time, Huxley warns contemporary readers of issues that resonate within both the readers' and their own context. The composer presents an outlook on the concept of dystopia through his creation of the 'World State', a technocratic society governed by oppression, sterility, consumerism and complex scientific and technological advances.
Aldous Huxley's construction of a futuristic society that echoes the present in many aspects, subsequently indoctrinates his novel as a stimulating insight into both the past and the current world. By playing on society's imminent fears of the exploitation of technology, power and oppression, the appeal of the concept of dystopia assists Huxley in the creation of a piece of literature that will exceed the boundaries of time.

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"Provoking, stimulating, shocking and dazzling." " --Observer ""Not a work for people with tender minds and weak stomachs." "--J.B. Priestly" "From the Trade Paperback edition."