For over a hundred years the Pacific island of Pala has been the scene of a unique experiment in civilisation. Its inhabitants live in a society where western science has been brought together with Eastern philosophy to create a paradise on earth. When cynical journalist, Will Farnaby, arrives to research potential oil reserves on Pala, he quickly falls in love with the way of life on the island. Soon the need to complete his mission becomes an intolerable burden and he must make a difficult choice.
In counterpoint to Brave New World and Ape and Essence, in Island Huxley gives us his vision of utopia.
WITH A BIOGRAPHICAL INTRODUCTION BY DAVID BRADSHAW
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Will Farnaby is travelling in the Far East as a journalist and business contact for an oil and newspaper magnate. A sudden squall shipwrecks him on Pala, the fabled island no reporter has ever visited. Here he discovers a kind and happy people who enjoy equality without the stifling of initiative.Review:
"In the whole history of world literature, no writer has been better equipped to create images of false and true utopias than Aldous Huxley. Even when he has been satirising the false, the true has always been implicit in his work. We cannot deny Island's brilliance, its learning and its honest attempt to answer the big human questions" (Anthony Burgess)
"In the current climate, the novel's warnings about religious fanaticism, the exercise of massive military power, the geopolitical importance of oil and the development of artificial insemination seem extraordinarily prophetic" ( Guardian)
"One of the truly great philosophical novels" ( The Times)
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Book Description Flamingo, 1994. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110006547346