Aldous Huxley (1894–1963), one of the most important English novelists of the twentieth century, is best known for A Brave New World and other novels and short stories, including Ape and Essence and Collected Short Stories, both published by Ivan R. Dee.
After Many a Summer Dies the Swanby Aldous Huxley
A Hollywood millionaire with a terror of death, whose personal physician happens to be working on a theory of longevity-these are the elements of Aldous Huxley's caustic and entertaining satire on man's desire to live indefinitely. With his customary wit and intellectual sophistication, Huxley pursues his characters in their quest for the eternal, finishing on a note of horror. "This is Mr. Huxley's Hollywood novel, and you might expect it to be fantastic, extravagant, crazy and preposterous. It is all that, and heaven and hell too....It is the kind of novel that he is particularly the master of, where the most extraordinary and fortuitous events are followed by contemplative little essays on the meaning of life....The story is outrageously good."New York Times. "A highly sensational plot that will keep astonishing you to practically the final sentence."The New Yorker. "Mr. Huxley's elegant mockery, his cruel aptness of phrase, the revelations and the ingenious surprises he springs on the reader are those of a master craftsman; Mr. Huxley is at the top of his form." London Times Literary Supplement.
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Having finally read all of Huxley's satires, I can say without hesitation that this is my favorite. It presents an incredibly biting critique of human nature, while retaining a cheerfully irreverent tone - and it's one of the most brilliantly witty works I've ever read. That being said, one probably would not enjoy this novel if one does not enjoy satire. If you are looking for a novel of ideas by Huxley, I would recommend Island or Time Must Have a Stop. While the latter of the two aforementioned novels is also satirical, it has more prominent metaphysical and religious themes than his other satires.
I have read several of Huxley's novels, unfortunately I was disapointed with this one. This novel isn't even in the same league as 'Brave New World' or 'Island'.
I really tried to give this book a chance but after more than 100 pages I gave up.