Ape and Essence

Ape and Essence

Paperback - 1992
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When Aldous Huxley's Brave New World first appeared in 1932, it presented in terms of purest fantasy a society bent on self-destruction. Few of its outraged critics anticipated the onset of another world war with its Holocaust and atomic ruin. In 1948, seeing that the probable shape of his anti-utopia had been altered inevitably by the facts of history, Huxley wrote Ape and Essence. In this savage novel, using the form of a film scenario, he transports us to the year 2108. The setting is Los Angeles where a "rediscovery expedition" from New Zealand is trying to make sense of what is left. From chief botanist Alfred Poole we learn, to our dismay, about the twenty-second-century way of life. "It was inevitable that Mr. Huxley should have written this book: one could almost have seen it since Hiroshima is the necessary sequel to Brave New World." Alfred Kazin. "The book has a certain awesome impressiveness; its sheer intractable bitterness cannot but affect the reader." Time."
Publisher: Chicago : Elephant Paperbacks/I.R. Dee, 1992
Edition: 1st Elephant pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780929587783
Branch Call Number: HUXLEY A
Huxley, A
Characteristics: 204 p. ; 20 cm


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Mar 02, 2016

An imaginative and savage take on modern humankind's self destructive natural instincts, Ape and Essence is as brutally honest and condemning of mankind as it is humorous.


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Mar 13, 2013

"Fear of the War we don't want and yet do everything we can to bring about." ~Narrator, p.37


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