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.

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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780061561795
ISBN-10: 0061561797
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: October 20th, 2009
Pages: 354
Language: English
Series: P.S.