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Ape and Essence by Aldous Huxley
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Feb 08, 2012

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bookshelves: dystopian, hard-going-in-places, surreal, reviewed, religion-and-spirituality
Read in January, 2008

I'm honestly not sure what to feel about this book. The first thing to note is that it's not nearly as accessible as Brave New World. It's much less straight forward, more surreal, and sometimes I felt that a thesaurus vomited on a few pages of it. It's not an easy book to follow, and there were some parts I really didn't understand until I started reading about it online.

However, once you get into the swing, and you figure out who's doing what (I had to go back and reread a few times to sort some of it out) the tale Huxley spins is pretty interesting. Exaggerated? Sure. Shocking? Absolutely, but the man had something worthwhile to say about our culture, and it would certainly behoove us to listen.

A very worthwhile book, overall, though frustrating and oddly put together. Read it, but read it slow.
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