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Ape and Essence [Paperback]

Aldous Huxley
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7 April 2005
In February 2108, the New Zealand Rediscovery Expedition reaches California at last. It is over a century since the world was devastated by nuclear war, but the blight of radioactivity and disease still gnaws away at the survivors. The expedition expects to find physical destruction but they are quite unprepared for the moral degradation they meet. Ape and Essence is Huxley's vision of the ruin of humanity, told with all his knowledge and imaginative genius.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Classics; New Ed edition (7 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099477785
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099477785
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The ultimate horror vision -- but one not without humor" (Los Angeles Times)

"Ape and Essence leaves us in mingled respect of the author's intelligence and disgust for the world he had created" (Independent)

"Clever, brutal, thoughtful, original...a nauseating vision of a still-possible future" (Anthony Burgess)

"Powerfully moving" (Times Literary Supplement)

"Painfully and majestically vivid; it is a great piece of work" (Guardian)

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Huxley's nightmare vision of the fate of humanity in a post-nuclear world

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5.0 out of 5 stars Visions of Distopia 26 July 2006
A very under-rated work that should be up there with 'Brave New World'. It envisions a post-nuclear war wasteland - influenced by his life in California at the time. It's a wild ride and unique in Huxley's writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Huxley, you sure will like this 5 May 2010
Ape and essence is a great book. It thrills me to witness such great imaginations of a great mind, and a great writer. I couldnt even imagine Huxley living in today's world, I guess he will not be suprised how rights his foreseeings are: he is beyond his time.

In Ape and Essence, he creates a post-war world..People are worshipping to Satan and they see the anomalies which are caused by radiation as Satan's work. They kill toddlers with more than 3 nipples-7 fingers. They make orgy's -not caused by soma but religion this time- and it is easy to control those people, make them beleive, make them abandon "thinking"... somewhere in the book, loola mentions, that thinking is not necessary. you could witness such behavior everywhere in todays world, it really impressed me to see future in Huxley's eyes. recommended if you like distopias!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dark & Sinister 30 May 2013
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Probably Huxley's darkest and most cynical work. Planet Of The Apes meets Brave New World... gripping and original context yet, personally, couldn't match some of the other dystopian texts I've read. Lead protagonist very similar to Brian Foxe in 'Eyeless In Gaza', only he actually gives in to his baser instincts - would be interesting to explore thematically.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An alternate Animal Farm 19 Aug 2008
By Pablo K
An interesting enough allegory for the insanities of militarism and hierarchy in the twentieth century, if a bit heavy-handed. Sex figures heavily, which probably made it more punchy when it was published than it reads now. And, as usual, Huxley delivers passages of brilliance. But not quite enough to raise it above the level of an alternate Animal Farm.
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