S is a peculiar fruit There was much from which I recoiled I feel at moments that History had made the novel look foolish and impotent The reasons to dislike this were LegionThe novel s thrust is a rejected screenplayThe narrative then is couchedin satirical and cinematic termsspeaking of a futurea world devastated by nuclear exchangeKiwis having no strategic importanceSet out to trawl the ruinsSub Saharan Africa as wellThough Huxley leaves us with but an ill hud parenthesisBack to the New Zealanders Broaching the California shores100 years after the mushroom cloudsHe finds a strange tribal societyOne worshiping the DiabolicalFor what else could overn theirHaphazard hungry livesSex is outlawed except for yearly festival of frenzythe mutated offspring are sacrificed for their inherentMisdeedThere is a classic information dumpThe devil obviously arrivedin the Scientific MethodWithout a humanizing temperRadioactive fallout was DestinyIt is this final exchange of ideas which redeems the novel so similar to Brave New World though here we substitute Shelley for Shakespeare There is an annoying The Holy Grail glibness to this but it appears a farce than anything meaningful or resonant whereas the Orgy Porgy scenes in Brave New World will haunt me forever There wasn t a corresponding moment in Ape and Essence of the timeless Parody just parody Twouys from Hollywood are talking about stuff One of them is the first person narrator the other is a British Jihadism guy who sotten a mistress despite the fact that he didn t really want one and now he s in trouble with his wifeI m making it sound way interesting than it actually is I spaced out while reading some of their discussion which was about Gandhi Virgin Widow getting murdered and the nature of marxism and fascism and politics and whateverIn the middle of the philosophy I shut the book and read the summary on the back 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 stillnaws away at the survivors Yeah no relation to what I was reading I had the weird feeling the book s cover had been replaced you knowSo as the two Hollywood Wife in Exchange guys walk around a truck filled with manuscripts headed for the incinerator takes a sudden turn and three scripts fall out Two are declared to be crap one is read by the two friends whoo in search of the mysterious writer but find out that he died a few weeks before and has no family but his neighbors piece together a short history of the The Eternal Ice (Magic: The Gathering: Ice Age Cycle, guy which whateverAnd then the script is reproduced in its entirety and well to be honest no wonder it was heading to the incinerator It starts with SYMBOLISM and baboons who act like humans and who have Albert Einsiteins on leashes making them create weapons which let them destroy the world Very symbol much wow More spacing out on my side I had to re read some of this stuffLater on New Zealanderso off to explore the world since they re the only ones who apparently escaped the nuclear war because nobody cared much about them Night And Day go New Zealand They land in America somewhere next to LA and one of the characters a botanist is captured by a tribe ofenetically mutated people who have extra fingers toes and pairs of nipples who have mating seasons and who are dead set on worshiping the devil seeing him as a cause of the world s destructionI m making this sound interesting again It s all very symbolic and philosophical and the priests keep explaining how the devil convinced humanity to self destruct So the New Zealand dude Tennessee Takedown / Ravens Hollow gets left behind by his colleagues falls in love with one of the natives and runs off with her in search of a colony of other humans because the devil worshipers hate people who have sex out of mating seasonSymbolism poking fun at humanity philosophising about the world poetry thrown everywhere random words your eyes will skip over and less fun than Brave New World After reading Brave New World while still in the public schools either in junior or senior high I went into a Huxley phase purchasing and reading his Brave New World Revisited Island The Devils Heaven and Hell The Doors of Perception and this one Ape and Essence Pulling it out of the bookshelf in my room than once during high school I repeatedly replaced it unread the theatrical elements of it putting me off Recently however several other Huxley nonfiction works having been read and appreciated in the meantime and a respected friend having spoken well of the thing I pulled it out againApe and Essence is a story within a story The first is of an erudite narrator and his craven Hollywood friend discovering a discarded screenplay then finding its author recently deceased The second is of the play itself its plot ending in a twist whereby the protagonist encounters therave of the author previously visited by the original narrator and his friend The bulk of the text consists of the screenplayThe book is a satire on Hollywood on the arms race on The Cowboy Takes a Bride (The Bridal Bid governments on theology and on human self conceit a very dark satire distanced from the objects of its criticism by being set in the far future after a third world war has devastated much of the planet Much of the humor concerns sex the play s protagonist being a repressed thirty something academic Congregationalist Despite the bleak picture painted overall the story ends hopefullyAs literature this is not areat work For one thing it s too blunt in its satire Huxley basically ridiculing the objects of his abuse For another as a political satire it is naturally dated but not so much so as to be irrelevant many of Huxley s points being as he would say in another context perennial It also demands rather too much of its readers to be fully appreciated by most Huxley was supremely well educated in the humanities and he does a lot of showing off here A strong liberal arts background finds some reward in this book by allowing those with such to Michaels Discovery (The Devaneys get all the joke. Epared for the moral degradation they meet Ape and Essence is Huxley's vision of the ruin of humanity told with all his knowledge and imaginativeeniu.
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File religionists of Christianity Ends are ape chosen only the means are man s The narrator laments The apes are in charge from the bottom up Democracy it seems releases the Blowfly in every individual heart All chantingGive me DetumescenceGive me DetumescenceGive me DetumescenceIn a post apocalyptic world destroyed by the nefarious nationalistic exploitation of science Huxley offers up a supremely hilarious post apocalyptic satire In Los Angeles a new religion has arisen where the Devil as Belial has substituted God while maintaining all other aspects of today s structured institutions of faith Using this simple device he penetratingly skewers organized religion effectively than with direct criticism Along the way he delights in puncturing the mystiue of Hollywood and the carefree m Huxley hits the proverbial nail on the head with this biting dystopian satire of the dangers of democracy We see it in our daily lives of the dangers of an ill educated populace able to vote and elect dangerous individuals However the problem lies perhaps not in democracy but the criteria we use for people to ualify and allowed to vote Plus a media completely controlled by an oligopoly of billionaires who have their own agenda This story is interesting as it was written just at the beginning of the Cold War between communism and democracy Tallis is a scriptwriter and two Hollywood writers find a copy of his film script that falls off a truck taking thousands of rejected scripts to an incinerator They are fascinated by the the Ape and Essence script and decide to track down the author but alas Tallis is dead We are then in the second part of the book presented with the film script and dialogue The story takes place in 2108 a hundred years after the planet was destroyed by nuclear weapons in the Third World War A ship approaches the Californian coast with the crew of the Canterbury a ship carrying the New Zealand Rediscovery Expedition New Zealand was spared the worse of the war as no one thought they were worth nuking Botanist and mother s boy Dr Alfred Poole a botanist and mother s not is the hero and is captured by the locals who worship the devil who they call Belial They live in a society where sex it outlawed except on one day a year for breeding purposes It is a society where women are basically slaves and any deformed babies are killed prior to the breeding orgy in a religious ceremony Poole becomes valuable as a scientist to create better crops and falls for Loola He then has to make a decision about whether to stay or escape to a liberal community across the Mojave desert Glad I read this satire of the way that people continue to conduct war and kill off our own kind for the most superficial reasons such as religious color and of course those old chestnuts freedom and nationalism There are times and this is one of them when the world seems purposefully beautiful when it is as though some mind in things had suddenly chosen to make manifest for all who choose to see the supernatural reality that underlies all appearances I was reading Ape and Essence in a sunlit park when I was struck by this line It emitted a beacon of light that folded back on itself and enveloped these words this book my hands my legs the Shotgun Wedding (Silhouette Yours Truly, ground under my feet the park the city its surrounding forests the seas and the planet in aolden Life Changing Smiles glow that made me look at it all with a disposition that wasenerous than ever I ve ot a weak spot for sumptuous prose whether carefully crafted or welling up from a natural spring but it s been since reading GK Chesterton and Charles Dickens that I ve been so smitten with man s way of words Ape and Essence made me discover that Huxley belongs up there with the other wizards of writingThe fact that the strongest point of this book is its prose doesn t help me in reviewing it very effectively I can t hope to emulate it obviously Weaving some kind of metaphor around it with silly beacons of light folding back on themselves can tell you something about the effect it had on me but it doesn t convey what it is in its essence Its essence can only be experienced through direct contact with this book Much like with a song people can tell you it s ood but it s only upon hearing it for yourself that you can truly be immersed into what other people s opinions unsuccesfully tried to convey Brilliance Simple basic brilliance I could present you with some uotes a selection of flowers Only a Whisper grown and cultivated in this bright author sarden patch of a book but they d whither in my clumsy hands out in this cold reviewSo what else can I do to convince you to read this aside from maladroitly trying to describe its beauty beyond expression I can try by mentioning this tells the stories that Fahrenheit 451 and Lord of the Flies tried to tell only with humour and Copper Lake Secrets grace and that it did so way before those well known books That it paints the picture of arey post apocalyptic world but with colour and poetry That it dissects modern society in a way that is as pertinent today as it was when it was first written That it recognises both the ape and the essence within all of us that amidst the bleak remnants of a collapsed society it offers an optimistic vision a convincing explanation of why evil can t endure That it made me smile Faced with the limits of my reviewing prowess in the face of this work of congenial Brooklyn's Song genius I decided toive you another flower A small one a description of a woman that wears the same expression this book would if it had a face Cherish it Men Are Like Waffles--Women Are Like Spaghetti Devotional Study Guide give it warmth and let its scent convince you to explore this story for yourself In a minute or two she is lying uite still in the crook of his arm Sighing happily she opens her eyes looks up at him and smiles with an expression of tenderness to which the dimples add a ravishingly incongruous hint of mischief Cruelty and compassion come with the chromosomesI ve elected to storm into the ranks of Huxley like a Korean antihero in a Vengeance film Thi. Ut the blight of radioactivity and disease stillnaws away at the survivors The expedition expects to find physical destruction but they are uite unpr.
Though I adored Brave New World and therefore considered myself familiar with its famous author I had never even heard of Ape and Essence before stumbling across it on one of the dustier shelves in the local library Never again will I make the mistake of relegating an author to the one book wonder list This little 150 page book is so utterly bizarre eerie beautiful and perfect that from the very first reading it has leapt straight into my list of all time favourites Brave New World makes it very clear that Huxley had a huge problem with the egotistical nationalism of modern society Ape and Essence takes this view to an extreme and though I agreed with many of his points it was the writers unusual and elouent way of Plain Jane The Hotshot getting them across that made me fall in love The story is told in two sections The first only 25 pages long is from the point of view of a screen writer who finds a rejected screenplay entitled Of Ape and Essence andoes on a journey to meet the author The second much longer part is the transcription of this screenplay It details how the world has been destroyed through atomic warfare and human kind worship the devil Beliel as they cannot face the idea that they are in fact to blame for their own destruction Such an inherently human trait the fear of Family of Her Dreams guilt the need to feel blameless I suppose this is where the term scapegoat comes in handy The prose is strange and uite beautiful with a narrator who speaks in poetry and details that come from the screenplay nature of the work Potential soundtracks are mentioned as are details such as close up on or wide shot of Voices fade out as Narrator speaks again The themes are all politically charged a warning against selfish hedonism and eually deprivation and self harm caused by religion and patriotism Lines include Church and State Greed and Hate Two baboon persons In one Supreme Gorilla and The longer you study modern history the evidence you find of Beliel s Guiding Hand these lines fall far short ofiving any idea as to the odd beauty of the writing but I wanted to include them anywayuite honestly writing a short review of this book is near impossible it would be all too easy to write an essay like discussion dissection dissertation of Huxley s ideas about religion war politics etc but I think to do so would in fact be detrimental to the book itself at leasst without having the anaylitical skills to do it justice I will leave the in depth analysis to a possible future thesis but by not Blackmailed Into the Italians Bed going in depth there is little to say here other than this is a book that begs for many readings and I will do so very happily I strongly suggest you do the same While I was reading this book I laughed and realized this is where DEVOot all their shit from Huxley back in the 1930 s said in this brilliant novel that while we technologically advance we will behave and like crazed apesThe Truth Behind De Evolution I m sure the Mothersbaugh and Casale Brothers read this book than a few times when they attended Kent State in Ohio Huxley switches time span Girls Night Out gears like crazy veering from a Darwinian 1930 s Busby Berkeley musical to a cold bleak sci fi fable all taking place in the sleazy Eden that is Hollywood Huxley hasiven us a Jean Harlow worthy Bound To Ransom (Bound Series Book 2) glam sci fi novel There s never been a book like Ape and Essence It really will blow your mind I think I ve read this book at least 20 times The leech s kiss the suid s embrace the prurient ape s defiling touch And do you like the human race No not muchI read this book in high school after I had finished Brave New World Almost back to back Ape and Essence is a story within a story a screenplay written by one of the semi autobiographical characters The screenplay is rescued from the Hollywood reject bin and after the finders find the author on his desert hacienda the screenplay then beco America the FearfulFear turns democracy into tyranny Perhaps fear is the foundation of democracy the fear of material or spiritual loss Isn t that the sentiment behind the dispersion 0f power in constitutionalovernment If so the Trump phenomenon may be an inevitable conseuence of democratic politics And the thing to be feared mostI am reading Ape and Essence written in 1948 while the racist Trump rally is taking place in North Carolina Chants of Send her back are being directed at black congresswomen by the Evangelical Christian crowd Huxley has his crowd at a not dissimilar rally shouting Church and StateGreed and Hate Two baboon personsIn one Supreme Gorilla Ape and Essence is actually a screenplay contained within this novel of post World War II paranoia in America The narrator of the screenplay makes the context clear And fear my Into the Wild (The McGraws, good friends fear is the very basis and foundation of modern life Then it was fear of theodless Russians who were intent on taking away America s Christian heritage Today it is fear of Central Americans and women with headscarves who well threaten to take away America s Christian heritageHuxley understood the problem of democracy as well as de Tocueville did As his narrator says Today thanks to that Higher Ignorance which is our knowledge man s stature has increased to such an extent that the least among us is now a baboon the Orbital Velocity (Stony Man, greatest an orangutan or even if he takes rank as a Saviour of Society a true Gorilla It is not inapt I think to perceive the North Carolinans and their political hero in exactly this way The problem is not the Gorilla who is merely a somewhat defective human being the problem is the baboons who use democracy as a means to exercise their fear and hatred without fingerprints Cruelty and compassion come with the chromosomes says the narrator Which oneets switched on is a matter of culture of the habits and social training to which we all are exposed Something has Cowboy Swagger (Sons of Troy Ledger, gone deeply wrong in the culture of America It has happened before in other democratic states but rarely with suchlobal publicity and even rarely with such unified support from the rank and. 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
Aldous Leonard Huxley was an English writer and one of the most prominent members of the famous Huxley family He spent the latter part of his life in the United States living in Los Angeles from 1937 until his death in 1963 Best known for his novels and wide ranging output of essays he also published short stories poetry travel writing and film stories and scripts Through his novels and es