A Novel

Book - 1962
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For 120 years, an ideal society has flourished on a Pacific island where drug use and open sex are encouraged, and children are not at the mercy of one set of parents. Inevitably, this island of bliss attracts the envy and enmity of the surrounding world. A conspiracy is underway to take over Pala and events begin to move 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 give him hope.
Publisher: New York : Harper & Brothers Publishers, [1962]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780061561795
Branch Call Number: Fiction Huxley
Characteristics: 335 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Harper & Brothers - Publisher


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karuna! karuna! karuna! the primeval jungle bird reminds will faraday to pay attention. it has a robinson crusoe type beginning, which evolves into wellsian didacticism, with a humanistic tinge to it. his last novel, I think his best. kudos, Aldous! I understand that it could be difficult to get through, as it's didactic, but to write that the ending made it worth reading the whole thing, is absurd. if you cared about the characters, the ending is a bummer. that you made it through, might have been a relief, which you interpreted as a good feeling, but this says nothing about the book or its author,; only about yourself....: 'a good ending, if you can make it through.' the ending might have been interpreted as cinematic, but this is a novel.

Dec 29, 2013

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

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

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

The world could be a better place.


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