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Published in 1962, the year before his death (which occurred on the same day JFK was assassinated), Island is the antithesis of his earlier-acclaimed Brave New World. Whereas Brave New World describes the epitome of a dystopian future, Island is a richly imagined utopian realm.

Pala, a fictional island, is home to an undisturbed and prospering society — that is, until a skeptical journalist named Will Farnaby is shipwrecked upon its shores. As much a philosophical exposition as it is a novel, Island further expounds upon many of the themes Huxley explored throughout his illustrious career: democracy, modernization, industrialization, overpopulation, ecology, consciousness, psychedelic drugs, and mysticism.

Island's allegorical tale, sadly, seems as relevant today as when it was written nearly a half-century ago. With his trademark wisdom and unyielding insight, Huxley has crafted a hopeful story that should appeal to all who seek a better world.
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Publisher Comments:

In Island, his last novel, Huxley transports us to a Pacific island where, for 120 years, an ideal society has flourished. 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 — to his amazement — give him hope.

About the Author

The longer fiction of Aldous Huxley has been in the mainstream of the "Novel of Ideas" since the publication in England in 1921 (America 1922) of Crome Yellow, his first novel. Huxley is one of the most skillful and most successful social satirists of the twentieth century. His novels go far in defining the character of modern man, while his later work reflects an interest in mysticism and the effect of the consciousness-expanding drugs.

Born in England in 1894, Mr. Huxley took to writing when his eyesight temporarily failed. From 1934 until his death in 1963, Aldous Huxley lived in California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060085490
Author:
Huxley, Aldous
Publisher:
Harper Perennial Modern Classics
Author:
by Aldous Huxley
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Oceania
Subject:
Journalists
Subject:
Islands
Subject:
Survival after airplane accidents, shipwrecks, etc.
Subject:
Utopian fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series:
Perennial Classics
Series Volume:
no. 80
Publication Date:
20020730
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
7.96x5.46x.90 in. .61 lbs.

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Published in 1962, the year before his death (which occurred on the same day JFK was assassinated), Island is the antithesis of his earlier-acclaimed Brave New World. Whereas Brave New World describes the epitome of a dystopian future, Island is a richly imagined utopian realm.

Pala, a fictional island, is home to an undisturbed and prospering society — that is, until a skeptical journalist named Will Farnaby is shipwrecked upon its shores. As much a philosophical exposition as it is a novel, Island further expounds upon many of the themes Huxley explored throughout his illustrious career: democracy, modernization, industrialization, overpopulation, ecology, consciousness, psychedelic drugs, and mysticism.

Island's allegorical tale, sadly, seems as relevant today as when it was written nearly a half-century ago. With his trademark wisdom and unyielding insight, Huxley has crafted a hopeful story that should appeal to all who seek a better world.

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