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Il mondo nuovo - Ritorno al mondo nuovo Yeah, I enjoyed this 10000000000x better than 1984 AND WHAT WAS THAT ENDING 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 I 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 fun.And 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 quite 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 quoted as saying, upon completing BNW Revisited, I am sick and tired of this kind of writing Finally, 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 addedIslandandPoint Counter Pointto my GoodReads queue Prophetic Well, Aldous Huxley 1894 1963 tried to predict what would happen probably during our time now up to the 26th century or 632 A.F 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 famo Prophetic Well, Aldous Huxley 1894 1963 tried to predict what would happen probably during our time now up to the 26th century or 632 A.F 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 socialism.IMO, let s see what happened so far after almost 80 years At least with some semblance Huxley s prophesyBabies 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 RealityDolly, the cloned sheep 1996 2003 Huxley s prophesySoma, readily available all around upper that make you feel better RealityEcstasy etc although they are not readily available and expensive Huxley s prophesyOverpopulation RealityCorrect But that should be easy Huxley s prophesyFree sex RealityMarry your wife, get sex free Huxley s prophesyNo religion, no God, no concept of the family, no mama, no papa Realitythink 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 eloquence 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 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 insignificantThe 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 insignificant 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 thusprescient 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 isnear 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 reality.Yet 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 littlethan 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 thedevoid 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 1958however, Huxley s later commentary on the viability of the future he envisioned, I found to be muchpreferable 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 techniques 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 beinglengthy 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 tyrants.In this case prophesy, for all intents and purposes, thankfully remains a mug s game Brave New World beat out 1984 as the tyranny of choice Consider smartphone addiction, people love to be enslaved 2,ooo 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 Brave New World beat out 1984 as the tyranny of choice Consider smartphone addiction, people love to be enslaved 2,ooo 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 getlikes, are you certain that strategy is effective Or is it because your handlers have taught you to never question authority Is three question 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 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 throu 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 techniques 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 Inquisitor 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 out.The 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 beings In 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, theor less totally irrelevant In a word, they failed to take into account man s almost infinite appetite for distractions This 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 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 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 behavior.I 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 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. 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 tot 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 servitude The 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 A.F 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 i.e., non urban living , says one manager.The 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 speak.The 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 over.Most 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, quivering, 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 dream.In his follow up booklet essay 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 The astonishing novel Brave New World, originally published in , presents Aldous Huxley s vision of the future of a world utterly transformed Through the most efficient scientific and psychological engineering, people are genetically designed to be passive and therefore consistently useful to the ruling class This powerful work of speculative fiction sheds a blazing critical light on the present and is considered to be Aldous Huxley s most enduring masterpieceThe non fiction work Brave New World Revisited, published in , is a fascinating work in which Huxley uses his tremendous knowledge of human relations to compare the modern day world with his prophetic fantasy envisioned in Brave New World, including the threats to humanity, such as over population, propaganda, and chemical persuasion


About the Author: Aldous Huxley

Aldous Leonard Huxley was an English writer and one of the most prominent members of the famous Huxley family He spent the latter part of his life in the United States, living in Los Angeles from 1937 until his death in 1963 Best known for his novels and wide ranging output of essays, he also published short stories, poetry, travel writing, and film stories and scripts Through his novels and essays Huxley functioned as an examiner and sometimes critic of social s, norms and ideals Huxley was a humanist but was also interested towards the end of his life in spiritual subjects such as parapsychology and philosophical mysticism By the end of his life, Huxley was widely acknowledged as one of the pre eminent intellectuals of his time.


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