Island (Paperback)

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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


The final novel from Aldous Huxley, Island is a provocative counterpoint to his worldwide classic Brave New World, in which a flourishing, ideal society located on a remote Pacific island attracts the envy of the outside world.

About the Author

Aldous Huxley (1894–1963) is the author of the classic novels Brave New World, Island, Eyeless in Gaza, and The Genius and the Goddess, as well as such critically acclaimed nonfiction works as The Perennial Philosophy and The Doors of Perception. Born in Surrey, England, and educated at Oxford, he died in Los Angeles, California.

Praise For…

“A mirror for modern man. . . . Should be read and reread.”
— Saturday Review

Product Details
ISBN: 9780061561795
ISBN-10: 0061561797
Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics
Publication Date: October 20th, 2009
Pages: 384
Language: English
Series: P.S.