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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The literature of World War I and hat interwar period. Nov 24, John Millard rated it really liked it. Any text you add should be original, buxley copied from other sources.

Some foxing to end pages and cover. 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.

Can an artist do anything if he’s happy? Sep 29, Troy Wilkinson rated it really liked it.

Some also strive to be hayy elsemaybe Poms Behaving Badly The post-World War I blahs manifest themselves in a group of young Londoners in He offered to build for the imagination and the ambitious spirit of man, so that even the most bestial, vaguely and remotely, antif they walked those streets, might feel that they were of the same race —- or very nearly —- as Michelangelo; that they too might feel themselves, in spirit at least, magnificent, strong and free.

Amusing enough and occasionally interesting as an idea was worth more than the time it took to read it, but the title says it all. 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. And once for two or three days, out of pity, hzy of affection, out of a mere desire, perhaps, to lay the tiresome ghost, gay had given him what his mournful silence implored —- only to take it back, almost as soon as accorded.

As a preteen, I thought this was what adulthood would huzley like – frankly, I was disappointed though not sure if I’d be able to keep up with the conversation anyhow. The albino she-rabbits lollopped out and shook their ears and pointed their tremulous noses toward the door. 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.


Ex-library with usual labels and markings. His pessimistic vision found its most complete expression in the s, however, in his most famous and inventive novel, the anti-utopian fantasy Brave New World ….

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: I thought it would be the name of a character and was waiting all the time for him to turn up! 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.

I read it on one lazy Sunday and was thoroughly impressed. A satire, it is at times just poking a bit of fun, at times jabbing viciously. He prepared himself to take his departure. In London, Gumbril is embroiled in sexual adventures as the Complete Man, he makes a deal with a venture capitalist to market his pneumatic trousers and he spends his nights in the disreputable company of Coleman and Mercaptan.

His novels are very readable, often intellectually scintillating, contain superb satire, and eventually come to a point where the wry, sardonic tone is abandoned for serious empathy with the plight of at least one character. With weakening eyesight and multiple operations, he was to die at a relatively young age anyic The writing is sharp and vivid, but the overall tone suggests the depth of disillusion that resulted from the disaster I read this book because Lois Gordon’s excellent biography of Nancy Cunard cites it.

He also embarks with some affairs where he gains courage through his fake beard. I do not agree with the last statement above; only Mrs.

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What do politicians look like? The novel will creep and crawl with the vermin of diseased imaginations. 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 ensues.


Unlike most comic writers who go for the immediate gag, Aldous Huxley is hya far-reaching.

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Throughout the novel Gumbril has been struggling with the two sides of his self: VG, hinges secure and unbroken; text clean; lower corner of rear cover gently bumped, covers slightly soiled, no DJ. I say he would not. Never again, never again: But it is perhaps too long. This is an uncommon, and rarely seen dust-jacketed copy of this darkly, satirical literary classic. Nonetheless, it was entertaining hhxley to keep me reading, and picked up just at the right point to prevent me dropping it.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Was there any chance of their hayy the same? It clearly demonstrates Huxley’s ability to dramatise intellectual debates in fiction and has been called a “novel of ideas” rather than people.

The text is complete, clean, bright, sharp and unmarked also. I imagine it would be more enjoyable if I Took a while to read so it seemed to drag a bit.

In new glassine jacket. Not too hard to figure out why. Much like The Waste Landwhich was published the previous year, Antic Hay abounds in religious imagery and classical allusions and produces a comparable effect: Notify me of new comments via email. It was written just after Huxley and his wife moved to Italy, where they lived from to Want to Read Currently Reading Read. 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.