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Island por Aldous Huxley
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Island (original 1962; edição 2009)

por Aldous Huxley

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In Island, his last novel, Huxley transports us to a Pacific island where, for 120 years, an ideal society has flourished. Inevitably, this island of bliss attracts the envy and enmity of the surrounding world. A conspiracy is underway to take over Pala and events begin to move 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.… (mais)
Membro:sippan
Título:Island
Autores:Aldous Huxley
Informação:Harper Perennial Modern Classics (2009), Paperback, 384 pages
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Island por Aldous Huxley (Author) (1962)

Adicionado recentemente porllibreprovenza, revatait, szarka, BohdiCave, alovago, TomBurke, Scotus5, neale_a, dhm
Bibliotecas LegadasLawrence Durrell
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    Candide por Voltaire (kxlly)
  2. 10
    Brave New World por Aldous Huxley (Waldstein)
    Waldstein: Huxley's dystopian Brave New World and utopian Pala share a good deal of common ground. The differences between them are differences of degree rather than of kind. Fascinating to compare, keeping in mind of course that thirty years separate the books.
  3. 10
    The Dispossessed por Ursula K. Le Guin (themulhern)
    themulhern: Two utopian books. The advantage of LeGuin's is that it doesn't have anything worth exploiting and it is a rocket flight away.
  4. 10
    Utopia por Thomas More (kxlly)
  5. 10
    Cat's Cradle por Kurt Vonnegut (ansate)
  6. 00
    Diary of a Drug Fiend por Aleister Crowley (P_S_Patrick)
    P_S_Patrick: These two books both feature drug taking as elements of the plot, alongside mysterious "Enlightenment" religions, and various other minor similarities. Huxley, ironically the sane one of the two authors, is the one whose book advocates the drug taking, while Crowley, the madman, warns against the vice. Surely something must be wrong here. Well, together these books present the for and against of using hallucinogenics, while both preaching for not entirely disimilar causes; Eastern inspired cults/religion/philosophy. "Are both authors delusional?" is the question I asked myself after reading these books. I answered myself, yes. Are both these books interesting? undoubtedly. Huxley far outshines Crowley for writing ability, even though this is surely one of his worse novels, but in the end I think, strange as it may sound, that Crowley's novel is nowhere near as hair brained in its final message as Huxley's, who really ought to know better. Neither of these novels are particularly good, and I am only recommending each to the other due to the shared themes, and the fact that they support opposite sides to the idea of having drugs in society, and should be enjoyed by similar readers.… (mais)
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    Venus Plus X por Theodore Sturgeon (villanova)
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    The Diamond Age por Neal Stephenson (urza)
    urza: One is utopistic novel, other science fiction full of nanotechnology. Yet, both books left similar feelings in me. The story in both takes place in beautifuly described colorful world. Both deal with human society and both are kind of "brighter side of the life".
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Author's take on Utopia, with similarly non existent plot. Sounds like modern day anarchist who just keep insisting everything will just work out, never mind the details. ( )
  TeaTimeCoder | Dec 23, 2020 |
Wonderful contrast

This book is a wonderful yet tragic follow up to BNW. A sequential read was very interesting. A. HUXLEY I
Illustrates yet another example of humanity. ( )
  ejakub | Oct 19, 2020 |
En la utópica isla de Pali, en un imaginario Pacífico, el periodista Will Farnaby descubre una nueva religión, una nueva economía agrícola, una sorprendente biología experimental y un extraordinario amor a la vida. Exacto reverso de Un mundo feliz y Nueva visita a un mundo feliz, la isla reúne todas las reflexiones y preocupaciones del último Aldous Huxley, sin duda uno de los autores más audaces e interesantes del siglo XX.
  MaEugenia | Aug 6, 2020 |
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Try as I might, I just could not get into this book. I read Huxley's Doors of Perception and Brave New World when I was in my 20s and was influenced by them, which is why I requested Island. Maybe I'm just too damn old for this kind of esoteric tale full of mysticism and philosophical maunderings, but, I think, with what's happening in real life in America and the world today (45, the pandemic, the continuing seemingly neverending fight against racism/misogynism), it's hard for me to slog through more dystopia. I'm tired. I just want to be entertained by escapism. I'm sorry, but there it is. NOTE: Since I only got about 1/4 of the way through the audiobook (about 2 hours of listening, and, may I say, the narrator, Simon Vance, was responsible for keeping me listening that long), I will not be rating it.
  Storeetllr | Jul 10, 2020 |
Huxley's preoccupation in engaging with ideas makes reading him a constant adventure. But one of the mind, not of the spirit--despite whatever he himself may have hoped to produce in his readers. Such is the case, here, with Island, Huxley's attempt to bring about a full picture of a utopia that was all encompassing, producing what he thought was a physically and spiritually balanced individual in harmony with his or her surroundings and community. But . . .

I must say that I find the world that Will Farnaby discovers on the fictional Southeast Asian island of Pala to be hellish. Farnaby's gullibility in accepting the perfectibility of humanity through a little biochemical engineering plus a good dose of bastardized Buddhism is a little frightening. It's the exploration of a gateway to a cult. Every single aspect of living and dying and everything in between is dissected, analyzed, fretted over, digested, incessantly talked about, and finally packaged for adult delivery. And it must be accepted--or else the offender will be beaten to death with the wings of a million butterflies. Or so it seems.

To give an example, several pages are given over to a philosophically acceptable way of chewing food. It's all about the quest to live and exploit the moment. Not a bad point. And there other good ones as well. Huxley does expose the dangers of consumerism, industrialization, and what Marx would have called the alienation of labor in the world outside Pala. But the population of Pala is also ready to categorize people quickly and earmark them for biochemical "change" if they present a threat. And the age at which "threat" is diagnosed is four or five years old. The most dangerous beings are those that meet the definition of being a "Peter Pan," someone who not only never grows up but who isolates themselves from the community and withdraws into an inner paranoia that eventually strikes back at the world in the form of Hitlerian rage. Their discovery is made possible by measuring their wrist size! (At some points, I wonder if Huxley measured the circumference of his own wrists.)

And, yes, Hitler figures greatly in Island. At times, it seems that everything non-Palanese is a precursor to Nazism or, worse, Peter Panism. Murugan, the hereditary ruler of Pala who is about to come of age and take the country's throne is one such Peter Pan. Why? Because Murugan admires people with discipline and a sense of self sacrifice. Murugan also wants a scooter. Discipline sacrifice scooter = Hitler. And sure enough Murugan's motorized legions eventually roll into Pala to destroy Paradise and create Lebensraum in the Andaman Sea.

Truly, however, Huxley is trying to come to terms with terrible twentieth century problems. He simply cannot, unfortunately, escape his preoccupation with preprogramming people in dystopias or utopias. With either world, the end result is the same, stasis, non-development, and navel-gazing, a world where everything is mellow except for those moments punctuated by psilocybin powered journeys to bliss. Is that really the future for humanity? ( )
  PaulCornelius | Apr 12, 2020 |
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In Island, his last novel, Huxley transports us to a Pacific island where, for 120 years, an ideal society has flourished. Inevitably, this island of bliss attracts the envy and enmity of the surrounding world. A conspiracy is underway to take over Pala and events begin to move 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.

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