I’ve been looking forward to reading this book for a really long time now. You can check it out here.
Summary: Island starts off with Will Farnaby getting shipwrecked on the utopian island of Pala. He is then rescued by young native girl and taken to get medical care. While he is recovering, he learns more about the Palanese way of life. Originally, he’d come to Pala on behalf of an oil company. However, now that he has become immersed in the culture, he is having doubts about whether to carry out his mission. As the people of Pala continue to teach him about the universe and reality, Will realizes he can apply this knowledge to become a happier, more fulfilled individual.
Likes: Island was very interesting. It presented the concept of a modern utopian nation immersed in an otherwise normal society. It also dealt with a lot of the same issues as Brave New World, albeit from a totally different perspective. The ending was surprising and completely fitting in light of the book’s message.
Dislikes: There were some things I didn’t like about Island. It’s written entirely from a Buddhist perspective and can be rather preachy at times. The plot is also fairly slow and it takes a while to pick up.
TL;DR: Overall, I would recommend Island to anyone who is a fan of Aldous Huxley, or who enjoys philosophy and the concept of utopia.
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