Island, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


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


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780099477778

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This reminds me a lot of Brave New World: oh let's explain our society to this stranger + yay hallucinogenic drugs + yay population control, only with even less actual plot (which surprised me, since this was published much later than BNW). Also the society is a lot less dystopian, which for me made it a little less gripping. It was an interesting and relaxing read, though.

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The rating is based on my memory of reading this book as a young woman. I suspect that today I would only give it 4 stars. I recognize all the weaknesses that other reviewers have mentioned. It is overly didactic. The plot is weak. Even if you accept all of his premises, there is no way the reader can move to (pre-coup) Pala. I want my mystical experiences pure, and not drug induced. Add another - Huxley seems to think that homosexuality is caused by bad upbringing. Having said that, there is a sanity in the Palan lifestyle that really appeals, but capitalism wins in the end. As we now know, even in the former communist countries. This has aged much more gracefully than many others of its era.

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