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on 25 April 2017
That this book seems dated can hardly be denied; it was written, after all, nearly a century ago. But that its predictions are becoming more and more pressing can also not be denied.
Aldous Huxley wrote Brave New World at a time of disillusionment with the prevailing order of things, a time in which people were increasingly adopting a style of life that rejected the convention, including dabbling in the drug culture of the time.
The new 'orthodoxy' depicted in the novel is one in which stable relationships like marriage are despised; sex at every oppportunity was de rigueur (accompanied by compulsory contraception). Children were not conceived, born and raised in nuclear families,but 'manufactured' in production lines according to demand, each child carefully tailored for its due place in the world by biochemical adjustments at various stages of the production line. Embryos were 'pre-destined' for a role as alphas, betas, gammas, deltas and epsilons; alphas being the most privileged class and epsilons being the least, functioning as little more than automata. Each child was 'programmed' for contentment with its pre-ordained status and life.

It is at this point that Brave New World strikes me as having an incisive relevance for our own time. The profile of skills required in the workplace is changing fast. The artisan skills which formerly gave millions a stake in society are fast being carried out on an industrial scale by computer-controlled machinery. How are we to prepare our population for the very different world that might lie ahead. This has explosive potential for political dissent. Are we to look to Huxley as a warning? or as a model?
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on 10 March 2016
The book was delivered on time (3 days after ordering). The quality of the print is good, although after reading the book I noticed some minor grammatical errors (words misspelt), but there were very few. As for the book, the story is fantastic. I am a huge fan of George Orwells '1984' and I was wondering how could this novel be any different, but to my surprise the book was very original and the narrative took a slightly different approach compared to Orwells.

The narrative is based in a future dystopian society were all it's citizens are happy consumers, engaging in daily social promiscuity and daily doses of 'soma'; the drug that delivers instant happiness with no negative effects, creating a controlled society free of unrest and instability. With the use of endless social conditioning from young ages, people feel no need to revolt. The story follows characters who begin to question the society they live in and by befriending a savage 'John' they start to learn more about themselves.

Compared to '1984', 'Brave New World' takes a softer, less violent approach to the methods which can be used to control a society; whether it be tireless conditioning or hynopaedic sleep exercises. This book creates a vivid and shocking picture of a controlled society, which doesn't seem as far away as one might expect. Highly recommend to anyone!

Note: the book makes many references to sexual acts, so it may not be suitable for younger readers.
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on 10 July 2017
Please remember this book is tiny its dimensions are 6 inches tall and 4 inches wide, so its great to carry around and comfortable to read, but when it came to putting it on the shelf there was no where for it to go...

Great book really enjoyed it i found it to be smarter than 1984 which in my view was notoriously depressing... In a way it conveys a similar story and meaning but in a completely opposite manner which was fascinating.
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on 16 March 2017
Great story and great book. A must read alongside 1984 to make you think and question the world around you and the direction its going. Everyone should read this fascinating book
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on 22 June 2017
This was a disappointment as I expected it to contain the orignal too. However, it provided food for thought especially considering what has happened since the sequel was written
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on 4 August 2017
It's true what they say; this is as crazy as Orwell's 1984, perhaps even more! An incredible look into a world of pre-determining our rank and fate, of no free will or emotions. Prepare yourself for an uncomfortable ride.
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on 11 January 2015
Could not get into this story at all. The book seems more interested in explaining ideas than building a gripping narrative or characters. I lost interest and started another book but if I go back and get through this I will update this review, however it seemed very dated and I'm not enthusiastic about reading any more of Aldous Huxley's books.
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on 26 April 2017
Brave New World is still a brilliant read. It arrived promptly and well packed, as I knew it would, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it again.
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on 14 June 2017
Ordered this for part of my English Coursework at school.

The product itself was in impeccable quality when I recieved it, it broke my heart to annotate all over it as it was so beautiful.

The story is extremely interesting and I would remcommend this book to anyone. Huxley is a fantastic writer and should be more widely considered as one of the greatest writers of his time.
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on 11 August 2017
It is amazing that a book written in 1931 foresaw the advances in scientific discoveries.
Everyone should read it to try and ensure this Brave New World does not happen in the 21st century.
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