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Ape and Essence

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Ape and Essence

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Author: Aldous Huxley
Publisher: Bantam Books, 1962
Harper & Brothers, 1948
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Genre: Science-Fiction
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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


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