WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY DAVID BRADSHAW
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 and humanism to create a paradise on earth. When cynical journalist, Will Farnaby, arrives to search for information ab
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The theme is pure Huxley: intelligent, open-minded man gets shipwrecked on a remote tropical island where the native population has managed to create a utopia. The man meets a variety of people over a period of days who explain Pala's (the name of the island) unique culture.
The story is actually a successi ...more
This book is like a savory meal that is extremely good for you. Or any activity that is rewarding in all the right ways. Hardin's 'Tragedy of the Commons' comes to mind, or more a massive extension on its logic in a world where there's a country that fully accepts it. Will brings enough cynicism into the utopia to put up a good fight, but his acceptance ...more
Strange things, these novels of ideas. You read, you read, so charmed and challenged by the intellectual debate that somewhere along the road you completely forget to pay attention to the plot, to the characters and generally to all that makes the essence of a novel. And only in the end you ask yourself if it is a novel what you’ve just read after all. The explanation is of course quite simple: plot and characters are only embodiments of ideas and such writings, while mimicking the narrative str ...more
As paisagens é que fazem realmente lembrar às pessoas o que elas são.
Conhecer a realidade de Pala e dos seus cidadãos não é conhecer um ideal de perfeição, mas antes um estabelecer de pontes com a nossa realidade, mais particularmente a pessoal, para que talvez haja lugar a sucessivas pequenas mudanças. O último capítulo é assombroso de louco, justificad ...more
After the release of the acclaimed dystopia known as “Brave New World”, Huxley’s name became forever imprinted into the respectable hall of fame of science fiction writing, which might have hindered his prospects into finding other ways to convey his own opinions. In “Island”, the reader is overcome with the feeling that he might have been coerced into masquer ...more
Nisam se baš interesovala o čemu je reč, očekivala sam manje-više nešto poput Vrlog novog sveta... međutim, dobih sasvim suprotno :) imam je na polici još od sajma 2014, kud je ne uzeh ranije u šake!?
Elem, čovek je pre više od pola veka govorio o stvarima koje me trenutno veoma zanimaju, pa sam se čitajući konstantno oduševljavala govoreći u sebi "da li je moguće, pa upravo o ...more
He learns to embrace a parallel if not complementary way of living. The Palanese integrate teachings across philosophies (not just religions) of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Christianity and accept the spectrum of individuals (m ...more
While all dystopias and utopias are comments on society, and almost all utopia/dystopia authors have an agenda which they would like the reader to come to after reading the work, ...more
On seeing that online listing, I was reminded that I had read the book about a decade after it was originally published (in 1962), while I was in high school. Although most of us growing up in the 1960s were ...more
Aldous Huxley. There's a message in all of his books and I already knew the message for this one: which society is better? Modern technology or a more primitive and laid back approach? Some combination of the 2?
Reading it came like a slap from the grave. Aldous called our health care "50% terrific an ...more
Again, the author sadly proved to be a rather poor narrator, as large parts of the book were pretty difficult to read - and in my opinion could have been narra ...more
إن المجتمع المثالى يمكن أن يكون ممكناً طالما ظل بعيداً عن الإحتكاك ببقية العالم .
من إصدارات التنوير
للإنجليزى ألدوس هاكسلى
ترجمة سامى خشبة .
فى روايته عالم رائع جديد قدم هاكسلى رؤيته للواقع السىء ونظرته الكئيبة للعالم ، ولم يشأ أن يرحل قبل ان يترك بصمته فى المدينة المثالية
الرواية التى اراد منها النظرة لليوتيوبيا وحلم المدينة الفاضلة فى رأيى كانت تنتمى إلى الديستوبيا وأثبتت أن ...more
The book was a bit unsettling for me, not because it's dystopian like Brave New World, on the contrary, it's a Utopian novel, well, I think it's unnatural, I mean Utopias exist only in literature, if the the idea was possible in the least someone would've succeeded in implementing it, also I noticed one thing, when you read a dystopian novel you're a bit sad but this hope of a better tomorrow grows inside you, it's very emotionally moving, it makes you want to be a better human, but I think a Ut ...more
Huxley's last novel is one of his most flawed. It is his Utopia, contrasting with his masterpiece, Brave New World. Basically, the island of Pala is a hippie paradise; a Buddhist state in the Indian Ocean, with a drug to bring higher consciousness (like LSD, in which Huxley was interested, was supposed to). Western journalist Will Farnaby is washed ashore on Pala, and falls for the charm of its inhabitants.
The novel basically consists of a g ...more
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Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly.
Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply.
Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them.
I was so preposterously serious in those days, such a humorless little prig.
Lightly, lightly – it’s the best advice ever given me.
When it comes to dying even. Nothing ponderous, or portentous, or emphatic.
No rhetoric, no tremolos,
no self conscious persona putting on its celebrated imitation of Christ or Little Nell.
And of course, no theology, no metaphysics.
Just the fact of dying and the fact of the clear light.
So throw away your baggage and go forward.
There are quicksands all about you, sucking at your feet,
trying to suck you down into fear and self-pity and despair.
That’s why you must walk so lightly.
Lightly my darling,
on tiptoes and no luggage,
not even a sponge bag,