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WITH A FOREWORD BY DAVID LODGEWhen inspiration leads Theodore Gumbril to design a type of pneumatic trouser cushion to ease the discomfort of sedentary life he decides the time I'm finding out that just reading Brave New World in high school doesn't really give you any sense of what sort of an author Aldous Huxley was Antic Hay is a novel about essentially the Lost Generation and their feelings of disaffection and uncertainty in the wake of World War I A satire it is at times just poking a bit of fun at times jabbing viciously The themes are pretty timeless disillusionment the experience of feeling adrift in the world wondering if what you've wanted for yourself is really worth wanting The characters are a group of acuaintances who cope with their ennui in a variety of ways having affairs becoming unhealthily obsessed with a woman in their social circle uitting a job committing to an artistic life taking pretending to be someone else to new levelsThe interesting things to me about this book were twofold 1 how easily Huxley switches between humor and despair in the narrative; and 2 how he expressed truths in ways that would be just as valid in today's world with only a few key words changed For an example check out the uote at the end of the review I found the book easy to read and digest and an interesting look at the time period as well as human nature in generalRecommended for people who know that the things change the they stay the same people who need to be reminded that they are not by any stretch of the imagination the first to feel unmooreduote Would a man with unlimited leisure be free Mr Gumbril? I say he would not Not unless he 'appened to be a man like you or me Mr Gumbril a man of sense a man of independent judgment An ordinary man would not be free Because he wouldn't know how to occupy his leisure except in some way that would be forced on him by other people People don't know 'how to entertain themselves now; they leave it to other people to do it for them They swallow what's given them They 'ave to swallow it whether they like it or not Cinemas newspapers magazines gramophones football matches wireless telephones take them or leave them if you want to amuse yourself The ordinary man can't leave them He takes; and what's that but slavery?
Aldous Huxley ä Antic Hay ebook
Antic HayHas come to give up teaching and seek his fortune in the metropolis He soon finds himself caught up in the hedonistic world of his friends Mercaptan Lypiatt and the thoroughly My Vintage Classics edition of Antic Hay describes it as “wickedly funny” and perhaps to those reading it around 1923 when it was first published this social satire seemed the height of hilarity Then again perhaps not The plot such as it is is merely a device for Aldous Huxley to convey different viewpoints The lack of any real story is for a work of fiction a serious limitation and one I struggled with Additionally a classical education and some familiarity with French and Latin is advantageous when reading this book 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 So with no story what are we left with? A clever well written social satire very much of its time The characters only exist to represent various archetypes an artist a poet a promiscuous flapper an innocent etc whose primary role is to exchange clever dialogue Throughout the novel Gumbril the central character struggles to reconcile the two sides of his personality 'the Mild and Melancholy one' who exalts in nature apprehends divinity in Mozart’s G minor uintet and believes in romantic love; versus 'the Complete Man' who subscribes to the death of God scoffs at romantic ideals and pursues dangerous liaisons In post WW1 London Huxley only identifies one winner in that particular conflictIt is a uick easy read and whilst I really enjoyed a few scenes overall it was too incoherent only sporadically entertaining and sometimes downright annoying I never got any clear sense of what Aldous Huxley wanted to say with this book Perhaps he just wanted to hold up a mirror to the widespread disenchantment post WW1 that was all pervasive in the early 1920s? The book does capture effectively that widespread disillusionment with London portrayed as a city devoid of any real values or meaningAfter I’d finished the book I read an article called “Aldous Huxley’s Antic Hay London in the Aftermath of World War I” by Jake Poller which summarises the key plot points and explains what is going on This is a helpful shortcut to understanding the book and much faster than reading the bookAs Charles Bukowski reminds us “An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way An artist says a hard thing in a simple way” In Antic Hay Huxley was intellectual than artist That said having read a short summary of Aldous Huxley’s career in the introduction of this book I am still keen to read of his work with “Point Counter Point” seemingly the most appropriate next book35