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Island

Huxley, Aldous (Book - 2009 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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 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.
Authors: Huxley, Aldous, 1894-1963
Title: Island
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2009, c1962.
Characteristics: 354, 24 p. ;,21 cm.
Notes: A hardcover edition of this book was published in 1962 by Harper & Row, Publishers.
Local Note: 53 211 216
ISBN: 0061561797
9780061561795
Statement of Responsibility: Aldous Huxley
Subject Headings: Oceania Fiction. Journalists Fiction. Utopias Fiction.
Genre/Form: Utopian fiction-2009.
Topical Term: Journalists
Utopias
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Dec 29, 2013
  • stewstealth rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A bit too didactic in the storytelling. There is little drama or conflict. Unfortunately the message is not embedded in the story and therefore it reads more along the lines of an essay. Since the author is quite gifted the prose is done well. Worth reading for those interested.

Jul 02, 2011
  • BlueMoonGirl rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I tried reading this but found I could not maintain interest and quit half way through due to boredom. The ideas presented are good, the writing style just wasn't a good fit for me.

Jul 22, 2010
  • Vernon_B rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

While being an anti-thesis to "Brave New World," Island shows many different ways that we could all learn to make each and every day part of the beautiful experience of living.

I would further suggest that anyone who enjoyed this might also enjoy "The Doors of Perception" if they haven't already read it. I found a lot f the experiences and ideas that were expanded in the Island were first touched upon in that work.

Jul 31, 2008
  • lindeeana rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The world could be a better place.

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