Programme 1st Year
Learning the ropes as a museum guide
Island is a novel written by Aldous Huxley and published in 1962. Unlike Huxley’s better-known dystopian work, Brave New World, Island presents a utopian society.
The story takes place on the fictional island of Pala, where a society has developed based on principles of Buddhist and Taoist philosophy, including mindfulness, non-attachment, and compassion. The central character, a cynical journalist named Will Farnaby, arrives on the island and is gradually introduced to the island’s culture and way of life.
Throughout the book, Huxley explores a range of philosophical and spiritual themes, including the nature of consciousness, the role of religion and spirituality in human life, and the possibility of creating a more humane and sustainable society.
The novel also touches on political and environmental issues, such as the dangers of unchecked capitalism, the importance of sustainable living, and the need for global cooperation and peace.