Yep, this is a difficult one. It is mystical, dream-like, and very well written. I found the plot to be a plain excuse to write about life, religion, society and death. Not that this is a bad thing, but it made reading 'Island' hard and challenging. Most of the time I need a good and intricate plot in order to enjoy a novel. However, it did present me with a good few major uncomfortable truths - the unpredictability and potential instability of family as we know it, the limitations that the taboos our society imposes on us force us to face, the sexual cages we end up building for ourselves if we are not careful. I found getting through the middle part a bit too much, which is why the last few pages really surprised me in a positive way. They are incredibly moving, heart wrenching, profoundly true, mature to the point of becoming scary. I ended up learning a thing or two and reflecting on my mind's enormous limitations....Continua
The Island can be compared to Utopia by T. Moore as for the description of an ideal society, but this society is located in a peculiar situation, i.e. half of an island that is occupied by a Dictatorship.
This is not really a novel, so the plot and the characters are not really relevant as the scope of the story is to give to Huxley the possibility to expose all his ideas about every aspect of a just or unjust society.
Again, after A Brave New World, it is appalling as his ideas fit in the contemporary situation.
I found the end about drugs a bit stretched compared to the rationalism applied at the beginning, but nonetheless is an interesting reading.
"The serpent tempted me, and I did eat. The tree in the midst of the garden was called the Tree of Consumer Goods, an to the inhabitants of every underdeveloped Eden the tiniest taste of its fruit, and even the sight of its thirteen hundred and fifty-eight leaves, had power to bring the shameful knowledge that industrially speaking, they were stark-naked"...Continua
An interesting portrayel of the ideal society. Although it was a bit of a slow start, this book really grabbed me after about 100 pages and was hard to put down. This is the 2nd book I've read by Aldous Huxley after his most famous, Brave New World. Both books were highly memorable, but I think I am a bit biased to Island because of the philosphy. What a great author and such a great book to be remembered by....Continua