Aldous Huxley's profoundly important classic of world literature, Brave New World is a searching vision of an unequal, technologically-advanced future where humans are genetically bred, socially indoctrinated, and pharmaceutically anesthetized to passively uphold an authoritarian ruling order - all at the cost of our freedom, full humanity, and perhaps also our souls.
“A genius [who] who spent his life decrying the onward march of the Machine” (The New Yorker), Huxley was a man of incomparable talents: Equally an artist, a spiritual seeker, and one of history’s keenest observers of human nature and civilization. Brave New World, his masterpiece, has enthralled and terrified millions of readers, and retains its urgent relevance to this day as both a warning to be heeded as we head into tomorrow and as thought-provoking, satisfying work of literature.
Written in the shadow of the rise of fascism during the 1930s, Brave New World likewise speaks to a 21st-century world dominated by mass-entertainment, technology, medicine, and pharmaceuticals, the arts of persuasion, and the hidden influence of elites.
"Aldous Huxley is the greatest 20th century writer in English." (Chicago Tribune)
"Now more than ever: Aldous Huxley's enduring masterwork must be read and understood by anyone concerned with preserving the human spirit. A masterpiece...One of the most prophetic dystopian works. (Wall Street Journal)
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- Martin Sensiper
Mr. Huxley had impressive predictive powers
Apparently realizing that the world was much different after World War 2, when 1984 was written than after World War 1, when Brave New World was written, Huxley compares the two and makes some frightening predictions, many of which are reflected in post-Trump America. Frightening because we are on the path he predicted toward poorly educated populations choosing short term pleasure, toward an over-populated world depleting resources and suffering the consequences, etc. We shall see how this plays out.
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