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Ape and Essence (original 1948; edition 2008)
Ape and Essence by Aldous Huxley (1948)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0929587782, Paperback)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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In the year 2108, a rediscovery expedition from New Zealand arrives in a post-nuclear Los Angeles and tries to make sense of what is left of the survivors. Huxley wrote this in 1948 as a response to the use of atomic weapons in WWII and the emerging Cold War.
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