This was my first read by this author and I did not enjoy it; no amount of wanting to like this book did the trick. I gave it 2 stars out of 5. Bummer!~
I had a hard time following the plot which was a bit unsubstantial and boring.
Although I have studied -and at times practiced- and enjoyed reading about Tantra, Buddhism, Agnosticism and utopian novels before, I found this book to be a dissertation of the author's beliefs and extensive knowledge of human psyche and behavior masquerade into a novel.
I kept reading and sometimes skipping parts I had no interest on -e.g. Calvinism, also called the Reformed tradition or the Reformed faith- in hopes the story would pick up, reach a high point and then conclude.
It didn't happen like that, the story ended during the last 2 pages before the end of the book and it was very abrupt conclusion, unsatisfying and frustrating.
I'll read Brave New World since Island was the counterpart of that book but I hope there is a real plot to Brave New World. I have made it a commitment to re-read Island once I get a better grasp of the other philosophical ideals he was writing about.
Excellent Huxley Novel! I liked it even better than Brave New World. The book is surely a thought-provoker.
I read this book because Eckhart Tolle mentions the parrots who say, "Here and now!" in one of his books. It was an interesting enough story to finish reading, and maybe was revolutionary in its time, but did not offer me anything I didn't already have in the way of insight.