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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When one is a dreamer the world is a kaleidoscope of ideas and a firework of expectations… And it is better not to wake up. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

Antic Hay is blue in more than one sense. It is a society in which everyone is living lives “of quiet desperation” and they are scarcely aware of it. Filled with a cast of s oddballs, this book is one that slaps you with the underlying foolishness of the intellectualism that parades around your mind with gay words.

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With us ha is not a sin or a disease of the hypochondries; it is a state of mind which fate has forced upon us. In spite of her promiscuity, she has been unable to feel affection, much less love, for anyone: She shook her head to feel if the pain were still rolling about loose inside her skull.

However he is then left with the problem of how he reveals his real self to the women he befriends. This is Huxley at his biting, brilliant best, a novel, loud with derisive laughter, which satirically scof Antic Hay is one of Aldous Huxley’s earlier novels, and like them is primarily a novel of ideas involving conversations that disclose viewpoints rather than establish characters; its polemical theme unfolds against the backdrop of London’s post-war nihilistic Bohemia.


And there flickers, there gibbers and twitches — what? Some also strive to be somebody elsemaybe the Complete Man as opposed to being mild-mannered and melancholy. Pure and unsullied; pure and unmixed, unadulterated. And tonight, she had been a model of non-existence.

Myra Viveash is the siren who lures men to her. Antic Hay was fun, thought-provoking, Quite natic quriky novel. Voltaire, one of the greatest of all French writers. I imagine it would be more enjoyable if I Took a while to read so it seemed to drag a bit. There’s a sadness here that casts a shadow on the comedy. That sounds like the school for me.

For the first time, he would live. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. There was a feeling that wheels were spinning a bit nuxley much at the beginning. Huxley was the first author I picked up when I ventured out of the YA section at 11 or so. Some turn up their moustaches, like the German Emperor.

Antic Hay by Aldous Huxley

Much like The Waste Landwhich was published the previous year, Antic Hay abounds in religious imagery and classical allusions and produces a comparable effect: By the end of his life, Huxley was widely acknowledged as one of the pre-eminent intellectuals of his time.

Professors and Latin scholars interact with fakes, pretenders, and con-men; it’s a small section of London society at that time. You are commenting using your Twitter account. As secondary characters, Bojanus is a simple tailor with many opinions about life: Everybody is lost but at the same time looking for happiness while everything is going out of control in a ridiculous and comic way.


Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and its publication is subject to our final approval. Inspired by Coleman, Gumbril buys a false beard and uses it to cultivate a new, more virile persona. The lack of any real story is, for a work of antiic, a serious limitation, and one I struggled with. 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.

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 of the YA section at 11 or so. zldous

The neon advertisements in Piccadilly Circus, which Gumbril and Myra repeatedly pass in their peregrinations, serve as a synecdoche for the capital. She has already left Gumbril and Lypiatt bewitched and broken-hearted, and takes a shine to their dinner guest Shearwater, a physiologist who is an expert on the function of the kidneys but a fool in matters of the heart.

I never got any clear sense of what Aldous Huxley wanted to say with this book. But it is perhaps too long.

Aldous visits the dark side and laughs. I read it on one lazy Sunday and was thoroughly impressed.

Architecture, too, is stressed as a Fine Art: But can you achieve this dream with a fake beard and a padded overcoat?