Island

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Harper Collins, Jan 5, 2010 - Fiction - 384 pages
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“Huxley’s final word about the human condition and the possibility of the good society. . . . Island is a welcome and in many ways unique addition to the select company of books—from Plato to now—that have presented, in imaginary terms, a coherent view of what society is not but might be.”  — New York Times Book Review

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.

In the novel Huxley considered his most important, he 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 motion when an agent of the conspirators, a newspaperman named Faranby, is shipwrecked there. What Faranby doesn't expect is how his time with the people of Pala will revolutionize all his values and—to his amazement—give him hope.

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User Review  - et.carole - LibraryThing

Appropriate subtitle: “What Huxley thinks society should be in 300 pages or more.” Huxley frames his ideal society in the geography of a made up tropical island, and in the chronology of the island’s ... Read full review

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User Review  - Paul_S - LibraryThing

Author's take on Utopia, with similarly non existent plot. Sounds like modern day anarchist who just keep insisting everything will just work out, never mind the details. Read full review

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About the author (2010)

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

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