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 and humanism to create a paradise on earth.
When cynical journalist. Will Famaby, arrives to search for information about 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...
In counterpoint to BRAVE NEW WORLD and APE AND ESSENCE, in ISLAND Huxley gives us his vision of utopia.
About the Author
Aldous Huxley was born on 26th July 1894 near Godalming, Surrey. He began writing poetry and short stories in his early twenties, but it was his first novel, CROME YELLOW (1921), which established his literary reputation. This was swiftly followed by ANTIC HAY (1923), THOSE BARREN LEAVES (1925) and POINT COUNTER POINT(1928) - bright, brilliant satires in which Huxley wittily but ruthless.
"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
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: July 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.1 x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.22
Edition Number: 1