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Paperback Antic Hay . Aldous Huxley Wickedly funny and deliciously barbed, Antic Hay epitomises the glittering neuroticism of the twenties. 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. 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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A satire, it is at times just poking a bit of fun, at times jabbing viciously.

What you most need is a love for that dry British humor and their antix for “sending up” everybody. His works are notable for their wit and pessimistic satire, though he remains best known for one novel,…. The main hero plans to get rich by pushing pneumatic pants on the unsuspecting British consumer!

The writing was very good, but I guess you would really need to have moved in the circles described to fully appreciate what he was getting at.

Home Journal Conference About Contact. Notify me of new comments via email. Myra Viveash hixley the siren who lures men to her. They ‘ave to swallow it, whether they like it or not. Almost all strive to be fashionable, poetic, witty, or artistic.

I found the book easy to read and digest, and an interesting look at the time period as well as jay nature in general. The characters have to deal with the lack of values and stability brought by the terrible conflict.

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For the first time, he would live. The theme of the novel is nothing. Huxley uses the anti-hero canon in the form of Gumbril Junior as a perfect foil to the waning, dissolute gilt of post WWI Britain.


By the end of his life, Huxley was widely acknowledged as one of the pre-eminent intellectuals of his time. The ‘Man About Town’ sections were the funniest in the book, the woman who huxlej as a Bored Socialite foil to his Artistic Persona; so they merrily deceive each other. By the twenty-first century I believe we shall all be telepaths. In many ways this books is similar anfic Chrome Yellow. The novel will creep and crawl with the vermin of diseased imaginations. However, when somebody tries to capture the essence of such situations they inevitably fall flat – what is charming, witty I enjoyed Antic Haybut found its second half better than its first.

Antic Anhicnovel by Aldous Huxleypublished in It nearly but not quite made up for all of the other more tedious sections and characters. Pencil notation on fep. One senses that Huxley was aiming for a little mordant huxlet satire when he wrote this book, to capture the Zeitgeist while landing a few deft jabs at British society in the aftermath of World War I. Antic Hay is a comic novel by Aldous Huxleypublished in jay There was some colourful anti-elite imagery but overall it didn’t give me the strong Huxley-like imagery that his more well-known works provide.

First Penguin edition Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Jan 30, Steve Dewey rated it liked it Shelves: It had been banned on grounds of obscenity.

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.

There were a lot of interesting passages in this book and plenty of funny wordplay. The interesting things to me about this book were twofold: Wren hucley them [the citizens of London] open spaces and broad streets; he offered them sunlight and air and cleanliness; he offered them beauty, order and grandeur.

Antic Hay by Huxley, Aldous

Antic Hay is blue in more than one sense. Huxley may have been thinking of the Ahtic Tower restaurant in Percy Street, which was patronised by Imagist poets and boasted a private Vorticist dining room and a menu illustrated by Wyndham Lewis. Views Read Edit View history. I never got any clear sense of what Aldous Huxley wanted to say with this book. The characters only exist to represent various archetypes hxuley artist, a poet, a promiscuous flapper, an innocent etc.


It is a society in which everyone is living lives “of quiet desperation” and they are scarcely aware of it. Less than a week later he was dead.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Gumbril Jr is a teacher but hates it, just as Huxley did when he had been a teacher at Eton. And there had never been anything, really, but a disgust. The discovery, in either case, is likely to cause a shock.

People who have relationships, and succeed or fail at them. Advanced Book Search Browse by Subject. The story starts in London right after World War I. You’ll get fresher insights on this particular milieu by reading a jay of Agatha Christie’s mysteries, and I dare say you’ll have more fun doing so as well.

So another writer who disappoints for reasons related to one of my pet peeves – a complete abrogation of the huxleg responsibility to tell the reader a story. 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 of funny wordplay.