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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The writing is sharp and anitc, but the overall tone suggests the depth of disillusion that resulted from the disaster of the first world war. There were thirteen weeks in the summer term, there would be thirteen in the autumn and eleven or twelve in the spring; and then another summer of thirteen, and so it would go on for ever. He gets an idea for making money, and quits, The real remedy, it suddenly flashed across his mind, would be trousers with pneumatic seats. In this second novel Antic Hay written inHuxley employs many writing devices: The novel will creep and crawl with the vermin of diseased imaginations.

Casimir Lypiatt, a loud-mouthed, self-confident, bad artist, is not only the object of satire but also the agent, delivering some cutting lines about the vapidity of the age that even The Sunday Express could scarce forebear to cheer.

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Even many of their names could be taken symbolically to reveal their nature. I found the book easy to read and digest, and an interesting look at the time period as well as human nature in general.

She had tried to recapture, to re-evoke, to revivify. For the first time, he would live. The cloacre of vice will be dredged for fresh infamies I wish I could recognize the other players, all of whom were given absurd and suggestive names in Antic Hay.


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antjc The cyphers begin to develop into characters. The erotica takes place between the lines but sometimes a good cover can help. Can they really be foxtrotting to a jazz band that drawls out a Hamlet soliloquy? Antic Hay is a comic novel by Aldous Huxleypublished in Would he ever want to do anything? Gumbril has a real chance at love but allows it to pass, choosing to spend time with Mrs. He also embarks with some affairs where he gains courage through his fake beard. You might need more familiarity with the British slang of that era than I have, and a passing knowledge of French, Latin, and Italian will come in handy.

Huxley uses the anti-hero canon in the form of Gumbril Junior as a jay foil to the waning, dissolute gilt of post WWI Britain. There strode in, like a Goth into the elegant marble vomitorium of Petronius Arbiter, a haggard and dishevelled person. It is interesting to see that such silliness of ego and romantic fantasy and foibles existed in the early part of the last century as they did in my youth of the ‘s.

Antic Hay by Aldous Huxley

His book reviews have been published by a variety of periodicals: He spends it sleeping, eating, amusing himself a little and working—mostly working. The nameless night club Huxley describes was modelled on The Cave of Harmony in Charlotte Street, which was run by Elsa Lanchester and Harold Scott, who put on a performance of one of his plays.

The cock into which Shearwater had engrafted an ovary hqy out, not knowing whether to crow or cluck. Thank you for your feedback. It clearly demonstrates Huxley’s ability to dramatise intellectual debates in fiction and has been called a ” novel of ideas ” rather than people.

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As with other Huxley the conversations are carefully crafted and more intelligent than those of us 21st century folk, with lots of foreign phrases and witty references. Less than a week later he was dead. Jul 29, Peter Prentice rated it it was ok Shelves: Some turn them down, like Clemenceau. Quickly, before it is too late, start the factory wheels, bang the drum, blow up the saxophone. Some also strive to be somebody elsemaybe the Complete Man as opposed to being mild-mannered and melancholy.

I fell for Emily hard, even if no one else did. Jul 31, Monica rated it liked it.

Being somebody else’s lover is de rigueur. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Huxley’s reach exceeded his grasp. Huxley was the first author I picked up when I ventured out of the YA section at 11 angic so.

Throughout the novel Gumbril, the central character, struggles to reconcile the two sides of his personality: Some manage on borrowed lucre. 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.

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Quotes from Antic Hay. Christian mystics practised contemplation the equivalent of meditation in Eastern religions as a means of facilitating divine union, but were frequented bedevilled by distractions, which arose from the bumptious ego and therefore precluded the self-naughting for which they strove.

If you will import unlimited supplies of corn and meat.