Island

Island

Paperback | October 20, 2009

byAldous Huxley

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The final novel from Aldous Huxley, Island is a provocative counterpoint to his worldwide classic Brave New World, in which a flourishing, ideal society located on a remote Pacific island attracts the envy of the outside world.

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The final novel from Aldous Huxley, Island is a provocative counterpoint to his worldwide classic Brave New World, in which a flourishing, ideal society located on a remote Pacific island attracts the envy of the outside world.

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In his final novel, which he considered his most important, Aldous Huxley transports us to the remote Pacific island of Pala, where an ideal society has flourished for 120 years. Inevitably, this island of bliss attracts the envy and enmity of the surrounding world. A conspiracy is underway to take over Pala, and events are set in moti...

Aldous Huxley (1894–1963) is the author of the classic novelsBrave New World,Island,Eyeless in Gaza, andThe Genius and the Goddess, as well as such critically acclaimed nonfiction works asThe Perennial PhilosophyandThe Doors of Perception. Born in Surrey, England, and educated at Oxford, he died in Los Angeles, California.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.86 inPublished:October 20, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061561797

ISBN - 13:9780061561795

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Full of wisdom, but not exactly a page turner In blatant juxtaposition to his dystopian thriller Brave New World, Huxley’s last novel Island imagines the ingredients for an ideal society, where conditions most conducive to true human happiness and self-actualization prevail. The spotlight is turned on Pala, a fictional tropical island unravaged by European colonialism, industrialization, or war, where inequalities are minimized and everybody has plenty to eat, Malthusian population explosions are averted through the nationwide distribution of free contraceptives, all citizens regularly practice mindfulness, and everyone is psychologically equipped to cope with life’s inevitable disasters and heartbreaks with grace, strength, and wisdom. While Island undoubtedly offers a fascinating and thought-provoking perspective on what an ideal world might look like, its lack of any identifiable plot and Huxley’s tendency to indulge himself in extraordinarily pretentious ramblings on pedagogical and philosophical theories make it rather tedious to read. This is unfortunate, as Huxley seems to have incorporated a lifetime’s worth of experiences, observations, reflections and wisdom into this book with the hope that readers might absorb some of it and help advance the world towards a more utopian way of life.
Date published: 2016-11-10

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