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Painfully and majestically vivid; it is a great piece of work' Guardian

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. They find that the current inhabitants of Los Angeles belong to a sadistic, devil-worshipping society obsessed with the mutations arising among them due to the radiation poisoning they have suffered. Ape and Essence is Huxley's vision of the ruin of humanity, and he treats it with all his moral indignation, his knowledge and his imaginative genius.

Reviews

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

The ultimate horror vision -- but one not without humor

Los Angeles Times

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    9781409079668

    October 1, 2010

    Vintage Digital

    176 pages

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    Aldous Huxley

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    9780099477785

    June 1, 2005

    Vintage Classics

    176 pages

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