In February 2108, the New Zealand Rediscovery Expedition reaches California at last. It is over a century since the world was devastated by nuclear war, but the blight of radioactivity and disease still gnaws away at the survivors.
The expedition expects to find physical destruction but they are quite unprepared for the moral degradation they meet. They find that the current inhabitants of Los Angeles belong to a sadistic, devil-worshipping society obsessed with the mutations arising among them due to the radiation poisoning they have suffered.
Ape and Essence is Huxley's vision of the ruin of humanity, and he treats it with all his moral indignation, his knowledge and his imaginative genius.
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.
'The ultimate horror vision - but one not without humor.' Los Angeles Times
'Ape and Essence leaves us in mingled respect of the author's intelligence and disgust for the world he had created.' Independent
'Clever, brutal, thoughtful, original . . . a nauseating vision of a still-possible future.' Anthony Burgess
'Powerfully moving.' Times Literary Supplement
'Painfully and majestically vivid, it is a great piece of work.' Guardian