Month: February 2011

Aldous Huxley : Island

An amazing book, and one of the few which I wouldn’t hesitate to qualify as a book which everyone should read. I’m pretty certain I’d only read it once before, a long time ago, and I was very glad to have finally re-read it now. As a work of literature it’s not quite James Joyce, although for a book intended primarily to convey a set of ideas it’s way above the level of most science fiction. Just as in the books of Philip K. Dick it isn’t the story, the character development or the use of language which are important here, but the ideas, and in that respect this has to be one of the most interesting books ever written, mainly because Aldous Huxley was himself such an interesting character with so many worthwhile things to tell us. Just as with Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, there’s no point noting down interesting quotes while reading Island : there are just too many of them. (more…)