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by Aldous Huxley

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ISBN: 0701107839
ISBN13: 978-0701107833
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Contemporary
Author: Aldous Huxley
Language: English
Publisher: Chatto & Windus; Uniform Ed edition (December 1948)
Pages: 268 pages
ePUB size: 1639 kb
FB2 size: 1731 kb
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 841
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This well told tale contains, in the voice of one of its characters, a philosophy that explains why human history is NOT also human progress and presents one of the ways this could change if only humans could change. If you have a strong religious philosophy, it would be a good idea to run Huxley's thinking by your own beliefs to see where you differ. If you have no particular philosophy that is paramount in your life, this may be a good book to see if you would consider having one. And for everyone there is an interesting novel with characters seemingly based on William Randolph Hearst and his paramour Marion Davies. While the comparison is not precise and the actions that the characters take are not, as far as I know, any actions that ever were taken by the two real persons above, the mental examination of that sort of wealthy life is very interesting. There are dark ironies that readers in the last three decades might well think are reminiscent of John Irving. You may find yourself laughing somewhat self-consciously at times because some of the things you are laughing at are disturbing. Once the philosophy was presented, I was expecting more towards the end of the book, but alas was left with just the concluding incidents of the story. You will nit your eyebrows thinking about this one long after the story ends. And it has a haunting way of making you look at and interpret events around you in light of his character's arguments. No other recent novel has done that for me.
First if you haven't read Brave New World or Island, read those first.

This is an interesting book. It's got lots of deep philosophy about what good humans are capable of, and why they're repeat past mistakes. In fact, it seems as the story takes a back seat to the philosophy. If you want a very entertaining story look elsewhere as this book is as much Immanuel Kant as it is an entertaining novel. The story that weaves through the philosophy is nonetheless captivating however.

That said this has some of Huxley's deepest most poignant bits of philosophy. And the premise: the search for immortality at all costs is brilliantly discussed. The ending is quite hilarious as well. He also has some interesting ideas on gut health while not exactly correct are surprisingly knowledgeable for a man without formal scientific training.
An interesting read. Old style using too much dialogue for descriptions. A lot of philosophy about what is the meaning of good, why mankind only does good for personal benefit, why scientific discoveries are not to mankind's benefit, and more. The editing in the kindle version is low quality: many misspelled word and typographical errors.
A very interesting novel, based in late 1930s Los Angeles at a San Simeon-like castle, with leading characters remarkably similar to WR Hearst and Marion Davies. At times extremely racy for a book published in 1939, it takes you places Citizen Kane could not go -- i.e. sexually explicit situations and into the lascivious minds of the participants. The high-tech advancements available to the mega-wealthy Hearst-type in the 1930s are ones that even today all cannot afford. The ideas about ecological living, etc. -- unfortunately long departures from the storyline -- are the same as what's bandied about now. Incredible descriptions of LA hold up amazingly, all that's needed to advance them into the 21st century is the addition of mega-skyscrapers, freeways and traffic jams.
Books by authors who are iconic for one massive success such as Brave New World, often have terrific material that's unfortunately overlooked, or just lost in time. Having recently found and enjoyed Erich Maria Remarque's less famous works, and this, I now look at the work of their American contemporaries like Hemingway and Fitzgerald with a jaundiced eye, and wonder....Is that all there is?
Many people state Brave New World to be practically the only Huxley worth reading. Those people have not read After Many Summer Dies the Swan.

I am not going to write an analysis of the book. That is not my way. I will simply say that those that are fans of good, thought-provoking reading should find this book at their local library (Where I originally read this title) or pick one up on Amazon. My very favorite quote comes from this book, and by the end you will have been changed; and first and foremost that is what I believe a good book can and or should do.