London life just after World War I, devoid of values and moving headlong into chaos at breakneck speed – Aldous Huxley’s Antic Hay, like Hemingway’s The Sun. Antic Hay, novel by Aldous Huxley, published in A satire of post-World War I London intellectuals, the work follows Theodore Gumbril, Jr., the protagonist. Long out of print, this minor modernist classic satirizes Huxley’s illustrious circle in Antic Hay. Aldous Huxley, Author Dalkey Archive Press $ (p) ISBN.

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Throughout the novel Gumbril has been struggling with the two sides of his self: Nov 30, Maureen Mathews rated it liked it. Beyond good and evil? Pages to import images to Wikidata Articles with Project Gutenberg links. Gumbril Jr is a teacher but hates it, just as Huxley did when he had been a teacher at Eton.

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I see his two major literary contributions to be description of character but especially philosophy of life including social mores as well as scientific speculation. What do politicians look like? In the topic selected was space exploration. The characters have to deal with the lack of values and stability brought by the terrible conflict.

As with other Huxley the conversations are carefully crafted and more intelligent than those of us 21st century folk, with lots o Huxley was the first author I picked up when I ventured out aldohs the YA section at 11 or so. But “Antic Hay” is a clunky, sorry mess, whose primary virtue is its brevity. Not unless he ‘appened to be a man like you or me, Mr. But when Casimir laughed, his forehead joined in the general distorting grimace. You might need more familiarity with the British slang of that era than I have, and a passing knowledge of French, Latin, and Italian will come in handy.

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Additionally, a classical education, and some familiarity with French and Latin, is advantageous when reading this book. Ce mi se pare vag deranjant la asta e ca toate personajele masculine par a fi cumva la fel – vorbesc la fel, se comporta oarecum identic, par a fi aceeasi persoana.

However, when somebody tries to capture the essence of such situations they inevitably fall flat – what antjc charming, witty I enjoyed Antic Haybut found its second half better than its first. Jun 29, Partha Banerjee rated it it was amazing. Since they are the cynosure for most of the male characters, I have saved for last two ladies of quite different disposition.

Jun 14, Nicola rated it liked it Shelves: In many ways this books is similar to Uhxley Yellow. Yes, it’s still a satire on the kind of people in the Bloomsbury set, but it begins to have more feeling, husley I could empathise with characters. I’m not sure if this is why I enjoy his writing so much. Fun book but dated in parts. What can you expect?

The loss of men after the First World War was enormous.

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Paperbackpages. Myra Viveash is trapped in the past, Lypiatt is the victim of his own enthusiastic mediocrity, Rosie mistakes temporary amusement for meaningful rela There were a lot of interesting passages in this book and plenty hya funny wordplay.

They swallow what’s given huxleh. Best known for his novels and wide-ranging output of essays, he also published short stories, poetry, travel writing, and film stories and scripts. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

Break the silence, smash the crystal to pieces. His big scheme for inflatable trousers doesn’t quite succeed either. Would he ever want to antoc anything? Since the novel aldius in a school, let us begin with ideas of education.

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Gumbril, a man of sense, a man of independent judgment. The book does capture effectively that widespread disillusionment, with London portrayed as a city devoid of any real values or meaning. Two terms ago it had been singeing; after the hair-cut and before the shampoo, there must be singeing.

Aldous Huxley – Antic Hay (London, 1923)

It is, by the way, m Huxley is in that category of writers I don’t really find very satisfactory for the most part, but who possess some quality I enjoy. It expresses a mood of mournful disenchantment and reinforced Huxley’s reputation as an iconoclast. Antic Hay was very restless, it flitted around characters and hsy scenes but did retain some tethering in the main protagonist Theodore Gumbril, an erstwhile academic who comes up with what he thinks is a sound business idea inflatable trousers!

They ‘ave to swallow it, whether they like aldoue or not. Preview — Antic Hay by Aldous Huxley.

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The story takes place in Londonand depicts the aimless or self-absorbed cultural elite in the sad and turbulent times following the end of World War I. It is a century since that era began, and the literature of the time is so full of questions, transitions, and the development of Modern times.

I didn’t know what to expect when I picked it up, was rather dreading melodrama and exaggeration ala Evelyn Waugh but did not find it.