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. 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 t. CHAPTER I. Gumdril, Theodore Gumbril Junior, , sat in his oaken stall on the north side of the School Chapel and wondered, as he.
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Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Two terms ago it had been singeing; after the hair-cut and before the shampoo, there must be singeing. It really gave the sense of the post WW1 period, when nothing seemed to have much meaning. Instead of crying, she laughed, laughed aloud. Antic Hay was fun, thought-provoking, Quite a quriky novel. The novel starts slowly, and when the protagonist, Gumbril, meets his intellectual and arty friends in London and thus introduces us to them, I almost despaired.
She had her portrait painted by a number of fashionable artists, including Guevara, Lewis and Huxely McEvoy, and was the subject of several photographs by Man Ray. It is interesting to see that such silliness of ego and romantic fantasy and foibles existed in the early part of the last century as they did in my youth of the ‘s. I’m finding out that just reading Brave New Aaldous in high school doesn’t really give you any sense of what sort of an author Aldous Huxley was.
The story is sad as well as humorous with the failed artist Lypiatt and Shearwater akdous his wife Rosie. However, when somebody tries to capture the essence of such situations they inevitably fall flat – what is charming, witty, intense and clever when you’re twenty-three, drunk and an Oxbridge graduate, can haay rather fey, precious and irritating when you’re sober and went to a red-brick university or none abtic all!
I read it on one lazy Sunday and was thoroughly impressed. Myra Viveash is the siren who lures men to her. Break the silence, smash the crystal to pieces.
Heavyhanded and confused, it never gels to anything even zldous memorable. He spends it sleeping, eating, amusing himself a little and working—mostly working. Once I had finished reading Antic Hay I wasn’t really sure what it had all been about.
One senses that Huxley was aiming for a little mordant social satire when he wrote this book, to capture the Zeitgeist while landing a few deft jabs at British society in antuc aftermath of World War I.
But don’t be too concerned about the plot.
Antic Hay – Wikipedia
If you will tell mothers how to bring up their children, instead of allowing nature to kill them off in her natural way. People don’t know ‘how to entertain themselves now; they leave it to other people to do it for them. Perhaps he just wanted to hold up a mirror to the widespread disenchantment, post-WW1, that was all pervasive in the early s? The erotica takes place between the lines but sometimes a good cover can help.
That was why you sought the last refuge of feeble minds with classical educations, you became a schoolmaster. I enjoyed Antic Haybut found its second half better than its first.
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Religion and its concomitant ethics is examined from many angles. Lists with This Book. 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. Much like The Waste Landwhich was published the previous year, Antic Hay abounds in religious imagery and classical allusions and produces a comparable effect: If this book had been as long as Anttic Yellowand had concentrated more on character development, then it might have been as entertaining as Chrome Yellow.
Nonetheless, it was entertaining enough to keep me reading, and picked up just at the right point to prevent me dropping it. Two passages, it seems to me, contain a subtle meaning and beauty we can adopt.