The Devils Of Loudun . Aldous Huxley He had been found guilty of conspiring with the devil to seduce an entire convent of nuns in what was the most. HUXLEY’S MASTERPIECE AND PERHAPS THE MOST ENJOYABLE BOOK ABOUT SPIRITUALITY EVER WRITTEN..” — Washington Post Book WorldAldous. The Devils of Loudun: Aldous Huxley: most important later works are The Devils of Loudun (), a detailed psychological study of a historical incident in .

Author: Gardasho Misar
Country: Turkey
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Video
Published (Last): 24 November 2008
Pages: 21
PDF File Size: 2.59 Mb
ePub File Size: 14.37 Mb
ISBN: 168-5-55019-507-8
Downloads: 34321
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Akikora

Urbain Grandier Loudun possessions. Opera monumentale, tra il romanzo e il saggio, che attraverso la vera storia di un caso di possessione diabolica in un piccolo centro della Francia di Richelieu, ricostruisce l’orrore della caccia alle streghe e nello stesso tempo traccia le linee della possessione moderna, l’alienazione mentale causata dalla dittatura.

Original Sin he defines in terms of the human capacity for evil, Original Virtue, our capacity for good.

Oliver Sacks mentions this work in his cevils book Hallucinations for its depictions of groups experiencing mass delusions. It is then redo Fascinating Study of Corruption I knew of the case from other accounts, but here we have an examination of the very human, and still very relatable, motivations that manifested within the specific environment and period.

The Devils Of Loudun

This book requires much of the reader and makes no concession to popularity. On yet another, it is a mystery, exploring the possible motives of the main players in the drama in Huxley’s, The Devils of Loudun, reading as easily as a well-written novel, purports to be the true story of a seventeenth century case of witchcraft in Fevils.

In ,oudun the grotesque, bawdy and true story of a 17th-century convent of cloistered French nuns who contrived to have a priest they never met burned alive Becoming a devkls of hypocrisy his enemies multiply until a cabal is formed in his honor; with the sole mission of destroying Urbain. The damaging and hysterical testimony of the Mother Superior in particular, was born of the severe sexual, political, and societal constraints placed on women at the time.


This is a nonfiction novel, based on historical evidence, but embellished by Aldous Huxley’s notions of what the people involved thought and experienced. Maybe the edition I read is difficult to find in America.

The Devils of Loudun

The great novels of ideas, including his most famous work ‘Brave New World’ published in this warned against the dehumanising aspects of scientific and material ‘progress’ and the pacifist novel ‘Eyeless in Gaza’ were accompanied by a series of wise and brilliant essays, collected in volume form under titles such as ‘Music at Night’ and ‘Ends and Means’ The Devils Of Loudun. Especially interesting from the point of view of mental imprisonment. Cardinal Richelieu plays a prominent role in the course of events.

Another important thing we see in this book is that however tempting and easy it is, it is very dangerous to trust in the infallibility of authority. However, Aldous examines the case for which Grandier was tried, not his general character.

The author’s philosophical pondering are all well and good. Too hard on the past, they were at the same time too complacent about their present and far too optimistic in regard to the future – Excellent book – occasionally gets “into the weeds.

BOOK REVIEW: The Devils of Loudun by Aldous Huxley | the !n(tro)verted yogi

If you like Huxley, 17th Century France, or interested in the history of Catholicism or Theology I would highly recommend this book. I mean, to bill it as a history book or a book about politics would be equally misguided. Nov 03, Rick Diehl rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: They were rationalists who louudun imagined that the decay of traditional religion would put an end to such deviltries as the persecution of heretics, the torture and burning of witches.


There are substantial passages in French that are beyond me and the German vocabulary is extraordinary in the context of a novel. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

This explains the chapters about mistycism, and the Appendix. He would not succumb to confess that he was a sorcerer yet he had confessed to his earlier crimes against the church. In case you’re thinking this is all sort of flaky, I should mention that he also devotes considerable attention to psychology and psychiatry, as well.

See 2 questions about The Devils of Loudun…. Otherwise, just appreciate the way Huxley weaves his thorough understanding of history, philosophy, and religion through this book.

Maybe I just haven’t read enough. The Devils of Loudun came out in the year before The Crucible debuted.

I overall loved this book. But I think the worst thing about it is that sales need to be boosted to begin with. Or at least if you do put it in a novel: The context changes, but ddvils gist and the meaning are invariable.