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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Apr 02, Elizabeth rated it really liked it. Or merely below themlike earwigs? From within that chipped gilt frame all the beauty, all the grandeur of religion looked darkly out upon the pink room.

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As a reader lacking these skills I had to regularly pause to make online searches to clarify various references that would otherwise have gone over my head. The book does capture effectively that widespread disillusionment, with London portrayed as a city devoid of any real values or meaning.

Two passages, it seems to me, contain a subtle meaning and beauty we can adopt. A clever, well written social satire very much of its time. And sometimes there is a secret reality; and sometimes reality and appearance are the same. The cock into which Shearwater had engrafted an ovary came out, not knowing whether to crow or cluck. Learn More in these related Britannica articles: I read it on one lazy Sunday and was thoroughly impressed.

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Thus when Emily invites him to the country she has rented a cottage in Sussex for the summerGumbril leaps at the opportunity of sloughing off his ignoble urban self. This page was wntic edited on 23 Novemberat Not too hard to figure out why. Heavyhanded and confused, it never gels to anything even remotely memorable. Ray Greenblatt is an editor on the Schuylkill Valley Journal. She had tried to recapture, to re-evoke, to revivify. I thought it would be the name of a character and was waiting all the time for him to turn up!


Huxley displayed a flare for wit, irony, bombast, bon mot, and psychological probing of character. Huxley carefully dissects the idle pursuits that consume the rich and the famous, their boredom with everything, the lack of any meaning in their lives and the concomitant chaos that aldouus. This was amusing and a bit similar to Crome Yellow in it’s making fun of conventions of social niceties which are often rooted in ridiculous efforts of older folk trying to keep youth from enjoying themselves.

Were there bridges to join the two worlds. Antic Hay was very restless, it flitted around characters and social scenes but did retain I feel a little ambivalent about this novel; some parts were really quite amusing but others were merely tedious and I found that the boring bits seemed to outweigh the interesting passages on average.

Having come to the end, I still don’t huxlry know what it was about, there was no real resolution and I didn’t like any of the characters enough to care. It clearly demonstrates Huxley’s ability to dramatise intellectual debates in fiction and has been called a ” novel of ideas ” rather than people.

I fell for Emily hard, even if antix one else did. He prepared himself to take his antkc. If this book had been as long as Chrome Yellowand had concentrated more on character development, then it might have been as entertaining as Chrome Yellow.

Aldous Huxley – Antic Hay (London, 1923)

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. He offered to build for the imagination and the ambitious spirit of man, so that even the most bestial, vaguely and remotely, as they walked those streets, might feel that they hhay of the same race —- or very nearly —- as Michelangelo; that they too might feel themselves, in spirit at least, magnificent, strong and free.


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Cassell,p. Any text you add should be original, not copied from other sources. Unfortunately, our editorial approach may wldous be able to accommodate all contributions. Quite a quriky novel. It’s tiny and compact and sweet.

Antic Hay | novel by Huxley |

It was written just after Juxley and his wife moved to Italy, where they lived from to Apparently men could only act masculine if they felt masculine, but they only felt masculine if they looked masculine, and for Gumbril, a fake beard did the trick. Huxley became infatuated with her in the year in which the novel is set.

Actually maybe Huxley knew, but for a nowadays reader it is quite obscure. Want to Read saving….

Published May 4th by Kessinger Publishing first published Though it is only a small alteration of his body, the beard affects his state of mind most of all. While the reader is left baffled as to what the hell Huxley might be trying to convey. Quickly, before it is too late, start the xntic wheels, bang the drum, blow up the saxophone.

The cloud of WW1 is there with people trying to find meaning in meaningless things. May 08, Colin Thibodeau xldous it did not like it. All that day, that night, it had been one long goodbye. Jul 29, Peter Prentice rated it it was ok Shelves: Some turn up their moustaches, like the German Emperor.