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.
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"Island...holds the charm of Huxley's cultured prose and fertile mind." (The Guardian)
Simon Vance does a great job of narrating Aldous Huxley's lesser known great work, Island. If you were like me and left slightly depressed by the dystopian universe portrayed in Huxley's more famous work, A Brave New World, then I highly recommend Island. The world of Island is the antithesis of A Brave New World, and lays out what Huxley viewed as a more perfect modern society. I'll leave my review there as to not spoil anything for you, just know that it's a good book, and that the quality of the narration is top notch.
This book must be mass distributed to the world. I bet if everyone got this book on there porch one morning the news would cover it. It definitely would blow up the social media and possibly cange the world.
A work even more pertinent today than when he first conceived it...a must read for anyone interested in creative solutions to societal ills...
The 'attempt at a utopian society' always has the same tropes.
I was hoping for more from an author I hold in high esteem.
But Simon Vance rarely disappoints so 4 star performance for a 2 star story
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