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Island by Aldous Huxley
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Feb 18, 2008

really liked it
Recommended to Mark by: Allyson
Recommended for: Susie
Read in February, 2008

Great content but the writing style bumped me. The 90% exposition and 10% narrative mix is awkward. The fact that every character, even the children, rant on manifesto style often takes you out of the already thin story line. Yet Huxley's thoughts are dense and fascinating. His deconstruction of Western civilization is excellent. I share his appreciation of the joy and freedom that the Buddha's teachings can bring but the Buddha never spoke of the utopia that Huxley puts forward in his novel. My understanding of nature and the human psyche tells me that such a world is not possible. Regardless the book is rich exploration of human potential.

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