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Publisher's Summary

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.

©1962 Aldous Huxley (P)2016 Tantor

Critic Reviews

" Island...holds the charm of Huxley's cultured prose and fertile mind." ( The Guardian)

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A great narration for a great book.

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.

113 of 115 people found this review helpful

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Favorite Huxley work

Amazing book about self discovery, parallels to modern society, Utopianism, spiritualism and enlightenment. I highly recommend this book as a lighter more positive version of Huxley's Brave New World

43 of 44 people found this review helpful

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Beautifully crafted development of world

I've been searching for some answers of how I ought to live through literature for quite some time now, desperately searching. The focus on development of characters, beautiful descriptions of scenes and an inevitable quality based on the circumstances all come together to explore the concepts naturally. The messages themselves are also able to be practiced as you go, leading to a better appreciation for the piece of literature itself as Huxley's œuvre draws to an end.

A comprehensive lesson on finding enjoyment in life.

54 of 57 people found this review helpful

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Huxley shows complications of symbiotic society

A work even more pertinent today than when he first conceived it...a must read for anyone interested in creative solutions to societal ills...

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Wonderful writing

This is a good book. I listened to the audio version - the reader was great but i think the book would better have been digested by reading the hard copy unstead of listening because of the "enlightenment" theme. You kinda need to slow down input in order to get the most out if a book like this. Glad i read it - may well come back and give it a second ho in hardcopy.

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Didn't like it

I wasn’t a big fan of this book. While the premise started off good enough the book soon changes from a story to a series of long speeches on society and values. As a result the plot doesn’t move much and there descriptions of the island of Pala are virtually non-existent much past the start. If you’re a philosophy student or into self-help, this book might peak your interest otherwise I would look elsewhere for entertainment.

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love this book

reading the final chapter alone was worth the wait, possibly the best description of the indescribable I am familiar with

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A guide into buddhist philosophy disguised as novel

This book is tragically enlightening. If anybody has ever experimented with heart medicine they will rediscover themselves especially in the later chapters

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A thoughtful, mesmerizing, story

I felt myself transported to the island, or at least dreaming of such a pleasure.

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  • Andrew
  • Cambridge, Ontario Canada
  • 01-08-17

Meh

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

24 of 34 people found this review helpful