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Huxley's final novel forms an interesting counterpoint to his dystopian masterpiece Brave New World
and is an important work in its own right. Although a fictional novel about a utopian island society, it's really more of a long philosophical discussion and spiritual treatise. Island
critiques modern civilization's excessive industrialization, senseless warfare, overpopulation, environmental destruction, technological enslavement, unrestrained materialism, etc. It also suggests alternative ways of living, and many of the oppressive elements of Brave New World
are here represented in healthy forms as avenues toward individual growth and collective well-being. A convergence of secular humanism, western scientific progress, and eastern philosophy informs Island
, and Huxley's intellectual explorations culminate here in an insightful vision of the possibility of developing human consciousness to its fullest potential and finding a more sane and hopeful mode of civilization.
— Jason, Vroman's
“A mirror for modern man. . . . Should be read and reread.”