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Brave New World
Brave New World | Aldous Huxley
Huxley's bleak future prophesized in Brave New World was a capitalist civilization which had been reconstituted through scientific and psychological engineering, a world in which people are genetically designed to be passive and useful to the ruling class. Satirical and disturbing, Brave New World is set some 600 years ahead, in "this year of stability, A.F. 632"--the A.F. standing for After Ford, meaning the godlike Henry Ford. "Community, Identity, Stability," is the motto. Reproduction is controlled through genetic engineering, and people are bred into a rigid class system. As they mature, they are conditioned to be happy with the roles that society has created for them. The rest of their lives are devoted to the pursuit of pleasure through sex, recreational sports, the getting and having of material possessions, and taking a drug called Soma. Concepts such as family, freedom, love, and culture are considered grotesque. Against this backdrop, a young man known as John the Savage is brought to London from the remote desert of New Mexico. What he sees in the new civilization a "brave new world" (quoting Shakespeare's The Tempest). However, ultimately, John challenges the basic premise of this society in an act that threatens and fascinates its citizens. Huxley uses his entire prowess to throw the idea of utopia into reverse, presenting us what is known as the "dystopian" novel. When Brave New World was written (1931), neither Hitler nor Stalin had risen to power. Huxley saw the enduring threat to society from the dark side of scientific and social progress, and mankind's increasing appetite for simple amusement. Brave New World is a work that indicts the idea of progress for progress sake and is backed up with force and reason.
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harper.pixie
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I would argue Brave New World is a better classic dystopian novel than 1984. Ever relevant, just creepy enough while maintaining itself in the realm of realism. A really excellent read, especially considering I don‘t even really like Sci-Fi or dystopia as a rule.

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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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I went on a little book buying spree over the weekend to prepare for #camplitsy and catch up on some other 2022 reading goals. I guess I broke my book buying ban, but it was for a good cause. 😂😂

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Jaimelire
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Reread this one. I first read it in high school. My son is now reading all the classic sci-fi books, so I am going through them again with him. I forgot how screwed up this book was! 😂. Still great reading. Next I am rereading 1984!

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GatheringBooks
Brave New World: A Graphic Novel | Aldous Huxley, Fred Fordham
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#MayMoms Day 21: This looks like a #Groovy adaptation of a classic novel. I want!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect 👍🏻 4mo
Eggs Cover Love 💕 4mo
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dustys_bookshelf
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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Taylor
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One thing I dig about this book, that I didn‘t expect, is the writing style, which is heavily poetic, with constant shifts in POV, and the way it makes prodigal use of section breaks, feels very modern. While I do prefer “1984” to this, this is filled with interesting ideas, and an interesting plot too, and characters who, somehow, considering the circumstances, have a huge amount of humanity. Fascinating novel.

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Taylor
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Success went fizzily to Bernard‘s head, and in the process completely reconciled him (as any good intoxicant should do) to a world which, up till then, he had found very unsatisfactory. In so far as it recognized him as important, the order of things was good.

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bravenewtrav
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Yeah…this is the greatest book ever written, right?

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Kitta
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Finally read this after it being on my TBR list for years! Amazing to think it was written so long ago. 4/5 stars.

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julesG
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DrexEdit I read or heard Margaret Atwood say once that she didn't create The Handmaid's Tale out of imagination. That everything in the book had happened already somewhere in the world. I wonder if I should be disturbed by the number of books in this article that I've already read and the number that I want to read. I'm either doom and gloom or one of the most prepared for whatever the future throws at us! 😂 An interesting read. Thanks for posting! 9mo
julesG @DrexEdit It was similar for me. I've read an awful lot of the books mentioned. I think it's always good to be forewarned. 😁 9mo
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yoavshai
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#BookCoverChallenge
Day 93.
Here I will note 365 books (or as many as I will have before I get tired) that have shaped my taste in literature. No explanations, no reviews. Just the cover of the book.
I do not challenge anyone. You are all welcome to take part.

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ONH
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“… He defined philosophy as the finding of bad reason for what one believes by instinct—as if one believed ANYTHING by instinct! One believes things because one has been conditioned to believe them! . . . People believe in god because they‘ve been conditioned to believe in god.”

What a book. This one will stick with me for a while.

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plemmdog
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Not exactly my first choice for a hike on the A.T. but my partner just finished it, and I‘m embarrassed I‘ve never read it. This one has a preface by Margaret Atwood!

charl08 Gorgeous setting! 14mo
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QBub
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If I were hatched as an epsilon would I be content with my lot in life?

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DarkPizza
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Welp. That was depressing. Having read both 1984 and Brave New World over a weekend, I think I need a break from sad dystopian fiction for at least a few days.

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NikkiM5
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I read the tagged about 15 years ago and I still feel it‘s impact. #curiouscovers June 3rd: Black and White

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Wow! Sounds interesting 🧐 thank you for posting! 🖤📚🤍 1y
Eggs It‘s a classic!! 🖤⚪️🖤 1y
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Cazxxx
Brave New World | Aldous Huxley
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🎧 next up 🎧

TheNeverendingTBR This one is brilliant, I hope you like it! 1y
Cazxxx @TheNeverendingTBR I‘m really enjoying it! 1y
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denbightaylorbeedle
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Read at the beginning of 2020. This is one of the more fictional books I've read, but oddly enough can be related to our present reality all too much.

TheNeverendingTBR Excellent book, love this cover! 👌 2y
ilanakeukake Beautiful book cover 1y
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freeatlast1137
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A dystopian novel about the pain free “happy” life.

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H_SQUARED
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I‘m off to a real slow start with this one...

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Nich
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"One believes things because one has been conditioned to believe them."

ErinSueMreads That is such a cool cover. I've tried to get into this one so many times 2y
TheNeverendingTBR Loved this book!! 2y
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Rebekah_Wilson27
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SqueakyChu
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I‘m living in such a surreal world so why not read this book now too?

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KendallHershey
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Mehso-so

Okay, so this one is hiiiighly rated on Goodreads and with my network of book lovers, but I have to admit it felt sort of meh to me. I know Huxley was kind of the first, but it felt like I‘ve read this story before. It‘s a fascinating concept, but I didn‘t find myself getting really excited to read this. So I‘m only giving it a so-so.

Zoes_Human I‘m a big dystopian fan, but I still only found this one to be ok. 2y
TheNeverendingTBR That ending though!!!!!! 😲 2y
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Bibliogeekery
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Saw this on twitter. It rings true 😂😭

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Annie1215
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This is my best interpretation of an “environmental theme”

Thanks for the tag @EadieB

1. My actual name is Ann Marie. My family has called me Annie since birth, but it‘s mixed at work,etc. I think it incorporates part of my mom‘s sister‘s name and my paternal grandmother in different ways. I‘ve never felt it fit me 🤷🏼‍♀️

2. Grateful to get to spend quality time with my family face to face this weekend 🥰

EadieB You‘re welcome! Thanks for playing! 2y
Cosmos_Moon Interesting # 1... do you feel like Annie fits you? 2y
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CoffeeNBooks
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Eggs Absolutely 👏🏻📚🤗👏🏻 2y
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GreenGrl87
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And here are 3 banned books that I haven‘t read yet, but would like to. #3books

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EadieB
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Day 28 - #3Books #BannedBooksIHaventRead

I own these banned books but haven‘t read them yet!

OriginalCyn620 📚👍🏻📚 2y
GreenGrl87 I love Bless Me, Ultima! 2y
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Eggs
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Klou Of course I'd heard about this book before now but I don't think I'd ever just read the synopsis. Well I just did and it sounds GREAT!! Good choice. 2y
Eggs Thanks @Klou 2y
BookDragonNotWorm I've always loved this one! 2y
Eggs @BookDragonNotWorm 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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Tanzy13
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new tv show based on the novel of the same name 🎥📖

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Gina
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This looks like it might be worthy of my time...

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Cosmos_Moon
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7/17 - wallow

#qoutsyjuly20 @TK-421

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SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime
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Mehso-so

"Anything for a quiet life. We've gone on controlling ever since. It hasn't been very good for truth, of course. But it's been very good for happiness."

Huxley paints the picture of a future where all humans are created through genetic modification. No one is born anymore, no one has parents. Everyone is created for a caste level & their personalities are suited for their role. I'm very interested to see the Peacock series airing this week.

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jouleian
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This book was nothing shy of amazing. And you think for a moment that your protagonist is Bernard but the REAL protagonist is Life and all of its side effects. Mustafa Mond is hands down the best character in the book. This made my all time favorites list. #highlyrecommed #classics #favorite

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jouleian
Brave New World | Aldous Huxley

“The gods are just. No doubt. But their code of law is dictated, in the last resort, by the people who organize society; Providence takes its cue from men.”

He‘s not wrong...#classics #philosophy #religion

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jouleian
Brave New World | Aldous Huxley

“He defined philosophy as the finding of bad reasons for what one believes by instinct.”

Well this quote messes with me a bit bc I can‘t argue with it. 🤯🤯🤯
#classics #philosophy

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jouleian
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Oh Bernard you‘ve made a real mess of things now...🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️ #classics #ohthehorror

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jouleian
Brave New World | Aldous Huxley

This probably blasphemy but I‘m gonna say it anyways. Seeing as how I just finished with Caulfied and now moved on to Marx. They both have very parallel issues: being top of their societies and depressed about their situations BUT Bernard and Holden react differently. And yes age and all but Bernard is engineered to be an adult from like age 6. STILL, Bernard is willing to attempt to fix his issues as opposed to creating MORE. Take notes Holden.

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ErraticElle
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Starts off incredibly strong, with great world-building and creative construction. The concepts are clearly visionary, given that the book was written in 1932, & there are many good points made regarding human nature & civilization. The writing does demonstrate some failure to age gracefully, as it is laden with racist terms & ideas. The ending is poignant & thought-provoking and had me considering thoughts & ideas well beyond the pages.

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jouleian
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I can‘t seem to put this book down. Don‘t get me wrong I have to bc I have to keep adulting but it‘s really is something...I‘m all about this.

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jouleian
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Next up! I started in on this (a few pages really) last night. And so far I‘m really into it. #litsy #classics #newread

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jmtrivera
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It's an interesting view of the future & one I think we're far closer to than we'd like to think. It gave me a great deal to contemplate w/each new chapter. At the same time, I found I wanted to think about it far more than I wanted to continue reading it. Neither the characters nor the plot are that compelling, because the conclusion seems pretty inevitable. It is still a thought-provoking classic w/a message that I don't think should be ignored.

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dodgygothbint
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I would have sworn that I'd read Brave New World at school but, although I knew the premise and basic storyline, the actual text was entirely unfamiliar! This has therefore definitely filled an important gap in my reading! It's a brilliant satire, written in 1932 but still horribly relevant, examining the politics of mass control through distraction, conditioning, and denigration of non-conformity. A chilling, but excellent, read ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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shanaymayer
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Mehso-so

Disturbing yet thought-provoking, but also slow, and overall, not my favorite. I am glad I read it though. I was particularly interested in Huxley‘s foreword written in 1952, in which he reflects on how, in some ways, our society is closer to this than he could have ever imagined.

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cleoh
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3 favourite books include:
• Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
• The Martian - Andy Weir
• Josh and Hazel‘s Guide To Not Dating - Christina Lauren

#3favs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing!! 2y
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hafizah
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Despite the utopian-like world depicted in this book, it is actually rather dystopian. The book starts with introducing the civilized world with soma substance, and it transitioned to the introduction of savage world outside london. The book managed to discuss about freedom and the price you pay to be happy.

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jmtrivera
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New reading glasses!

Crazeedi Very nice, perfect shape for your face💖 2y
jmtrivera @Crazeedi Aw, thank you!! 😊 2y
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jmtrivera
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Minisaurus made me an owl bookmark and inserted it into my book when I wasn't looking.

Eyelit So sweet! 2y
wanderinglynn Aw, how sweet! ❤️ 2y
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