In his final novel, which he considered his most important, Aldous Huxley transports us to the remote Pacific island of Pala, where an ideal society has flourished for 120 years.
Inevitably, this island of bliss attracts the envy and enmity of the surrounding world. A conspiracy is underway to take over Pala, and events are set in motion when an agent of the conspirators, a newspaperman named Faranby, is shipwrecked there. What Faranby doesn't expect is how his time with the people of Pala will revolutionize all his values and—to his amazement—give him hope.
I kept reading this book because on some level I was just waiting for something to happen.
Huxley had an interesting view of what a society can become when it takes the best of the Eastern and Western worlds combine.
It's pretty boring, the plot doesn't make much sense and the main character's ideas are often all over the place.
This isn't a novel so much as it is an extended monologue in which Aldous Huxley stands on a soapbox with some puppets and croaks about his world views. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael Tedesco
kind of a dense read but i enjoyed it. not as much as his Brave New World but it was something worth readingPublished 1 month ago by Dana
One thing needs to be said: this novel doesn't really tell a story. This is a very long parable expounding on Huxley's view of spirituality and society. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Elihue Whitcomb
This is an amazing work by an amazing writer and everyone must read this book at least once in their life!Published 1 month ago by Ovo033
Very interesting book that Echart Tolle mentioned in one of his books. Very large and foreign words, but I could not put it down. It was a challege but worth it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Elaine Siebers
Well, on a plus I read Utopia by Thomas Moore due to a suggestion in this book's reviews. So that was Awesome.
Another plus - this book has increased my lexicon. Read more
This book is so meandering. It's like a school play with each character appearing on the scene to introduce a new aspect of the philosophy of the book. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sarah Liu
Just 60's silliness. Clearly written under the influence. Page after page of meaningless psychobabble. Good grief what a waste of time.Published 6 months ago by tom christian
Wow. Huxley has outdone himself with this utopian model of a society living with God and nature, Instilling programs of respect and remembrance. If only!!!Published 6 months ago by Richard Thompson