Hilarious and accessible! I still have nightmares about “Ape and Essence”! After I read it, I had to put in on my shelf of “Best books I’d ever read”, but I still couldn’t really look at it directly.
The deformed babies? The baboons, and Einstein on a leash? The glanders machine, pumping? The “No” banners taped to everyone’s genitals, and the general warping of sex towards bestiality, evil and corruption (well it didn’t help I read it right around puberty)?! Oh, horrible.
Great book, I recommend it.
I recommend “Island” too. I can’t recommend it enough. Like a lot of Utopian novels, it suffers from not being that good of a novel- in terms of plot, characters, etc. But it’s fascinating as a Utopian novel- the guy who gave you the bleak vision of Brave New World and Ape and Essence (ie, somebody who’s considered the depths of human evil) trying to postulate a GOOD human society.
It’s a hard won struggle, and therefore worth reading.
On, I think, a realativly lighter note, I’d also reccomend “After Many Summers Dies the Swan”.