Share via Email "O brave new world, that hath such people in it! I was recommended to read this book, by my cousin, as I enjoy dystopian novels. Brave New World revolves around the idea of totalitarianism and is set in a futuristic world where a combination of science and pleasure form a rather feudalistic society. This idea of totalitarianism is achieved through test tube babies, and hypnotism, resulting in a pre-ordained caste system consisting of intelligent humans suited to the highest positions and conversely, serf-like beings genetically programmed to carry out menial works.
Well that got me round the awkward problem of how to begin this review.
Island can hardly qualify as a novel, certainly not as a good one by normative criteria. Most of the book consists of one character, Will Farnaby, shipwrecked on the island paradise of Pala, having conversations with other 'characters' who to all intents and purposes could almost all have been the same person, about half of the book Farnaby, who, with apologies for the technical details, seems to have busted Well.
Most of the book consists of one character, Will Farnaby, shipwrecked on the island paradise of Pala, having conversations with other 'characters' who to all intents and purposes could almost all have been the same person, about half of the book Farnaby, who, with apologies for the technical details, seems to have busted his knee in the course of arriving on the Island, is having these conversations while laying on a hospital bed while various people come and see him.
Obviously Farnaby is the representative troubled person from the real world alias the insane world - as in So Long and Thanks for all the Fishor Dystopia, and since Pala represents Utopia, its denizens have to explain its Utopian qualities to him, as is traditional in utopian literature.
There is a plot. Farnaby is not on Pala accidentally. Naturally the purpose of a Utopia is either for the author to explode it - either to show us that it is dystopia or to show it is unsustainable in the face of the real world.
In this case the island paradise sits across the water from an expansionist militaristic state and on top of oil reserves - all this is revealed pretty early on.
Indeed Farnaby is meant to be of the conspiracy to end the Island's independence but naturally over the course of numerous conversations with the islanders he is converted, cured of the problems related to his 20th heritage and upbringing Although the book is strongly didactic I was surprised to find myself moved - not to the edge of my seat, the philosophy of the book teaches us not to be slaves to such transitory passions, but moved all the same.
Anyway we realise that this island has to be Utopia because the women wear very few clothes and everybody has plentiful and satisfying sex as well as psychedelic experience for which the islanders are prepared through their education system.
And indeed Island is more or less Brave New World pulled inside out. The Farnaby character roughly equivalent to the Savage in the earlier book. I think that is the interesting part of it, Aldous Huxley at age of writing Brave New World plus time and experience equals Island, can also be expressed as the hopes and fears of the s and 30s that we see in WeBrave New World, and eventually in are not the hopes and fears of the s and 60s which we see expressed in Island, and it struck me that Huxley's holistic vision in this book combining popular culture, ecology, education, a humane economy rather than homo economicus, health and spirituality is still contemporary if not so far mainstream view spoiler [ Farnaby discusses medicine with his nurse: Marvellous antibiotics - but absolutely no methods for increasing resistance Fantastic operations - but when it comes to teaching people the way of going through life without having to be chopped up, absolutely nothing And for the Doctors it's also a lot more profitable" p.
Or indeed predicting the epidemic of chair related illnesses due to people not being physically active enough, Huxley's Utopia is built around the human and what the human needs to function healthily, while his earlier Dystopia was structured around a steady state economy - there the humans had to be shaped in the womb and thoroughly socially conditioned in order to be fit and appropriate economic actors.
A book is an invitation into an author's life and in this case we can transit from a mental world transfixed by industrialisation and maintaining consumption societies to one frightened of over population, and environmental destruction.
Living the Good Life hangs in the background. For Young Huxley this was possible in the context of a universal totalitarian industrial society ruled by Philosopher Kings who could rescue independent souls and send them into exiles where they could be safe from consumer societies.
While for Huxley the Elder the Good Life is inter-related with theology. If God is wholly other and good then humanity must be bad and individuals will be self-torturing and intolerant, angry and exploitative they will also beat their children, might well own slaves, but will be nice to their pets since like God they too are wholly other.
On the other hand if humanity is part of the Divine then the lion can lay down with the lamb without eating it. For Huxley the Good Life can become the good Society by teaching people tantric sex and providing them with contraceptives, while hypnosis allows for pain free births.
Huxley is strong on the Utopian tradition - so this society is on an island as per Gullivers Travels or Tommy More's book, or for that matter Plato's Atlantis and Butler's Erewhon is referenced several times, the Utopian society is brought about by a philosopher king and his philosophical advisor, unfortunately the nature of monarchy is that it doesn't last and the heir to power in this generation is homosexual and obsessed with the neighbouring military dictator - who allows him to drive his car too fast, the Prince's mother is naturally overbearing view spoiler [She reminded him of Joe Aldehyde.
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