Antic Hay

Antic Hay

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by Aldous Huxley
     
 

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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 Also Rises, portrays a world of lost souls madly pursuing both pleasure and meaning. Fake artists, third-rate poets, pompous critics, pseudo-scientists, con-men, bewildered romantics, cock-eyed futurists - all

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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 Also Rises, portrays a world of lost souls madly pursuing both pleasure and meaning. Fake artists, third-rate poets, pompous critics, pseudo-scientists, con-men, bewildered romantics, cock-eyed futurists - all inhabit this world spinning out of control, as wildly comic as it is disturbingly accurate. In a style that ranges from the lyrical to the absurd, and with characters whose identities shift and change as often as their names and appearances, Huxley has here invented a novel that bristles with life and energy, what the New York Times called "a delirium of sense enjoyment!"

Editorial Reviews

Saturday Review

There are passages inAntic Hayof a pure and rhythmic beauty: passages so fine, so just, that they move one like good music.

New Statesman
This new intensity of emotion gives a new savour to the wit which is, after all, what we read Mr. Huxley for.

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Long out of print, this minor modernist classic satirizes Huxley's illustrious circle in the years after World War I. (Apr.)
Library Journal
Although Blackstone is to be commended for rediscovering many older literary classics, these two early Huxley novels might better have been left to rest in peace. Crome Yellow (1921) depicts an aristocratic cast of eccentrics in a British country house who do nothing but talk...and talk.... Antic Way (1923) shifts to a similar group of Bohemians in London who spend hours in elegant restaurants discussing art and philosophy. With so much conversation and so little action, reading these books aloud is unquestionably the best way to dramatize Huxley's brilliant dialog. Robert Whitfield does it full justice and proves that he is now one of the best narrators in the business. Recommended only for Huxley fans.--Jo Carr, Sarasota, FL Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781564781499
Publisher:
Dalkey Archive Press
Publication date:
04/28/1997
Series:
Coleman Dowell British Literature Series
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
218
Sales rank:
908,109
Product dimensions:
5.46(w) x 7.93(h) x 0.64(d)

Meet the Author

ALDOUS HUXLEY (18941963) was an English writer who spent the latter part of his life in the United States. Though best known for Brave New World, he also wrote countless works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and essays. A humanist, pacifist and satirist, he wrote novels and other works that functioned as critiques of social norms and ideals. Aldous Huxley is often considered a leader of modern thought and one of the most important literary and philosophical voices of the 20th century.

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Antic Hay 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im ok wbu
Guest More than 1 year ago
Huxley's post-war London in a way resembles the post-communist Czech Republic. Everybody apparently enjoys himself/herself, the opportunities to make money seem to be unlimited, there are no restrictions, everybody is absolutely free to demonstrate his/her skills and abilities. On the other hand, the disenchantment and disillusion are omnipresent, nobody seems to be really happy, the necessity of escape from this unbearable stereotype is obvious. Shearwater's imaginary escape on a bike, Lypiatt's suicidal tendency, Myra's constant feeling of emptiness, Rosie's and Emily's genuine tears contrasting with Gumbril's false beard - all of this is rather far from idyll. This novel perhaps may be a great material if one wants to learn about the general mood of the twenties in Great Britain. However, in order to reach a complete enjoyment from reading this novel one needs to have not only a really good command of English, but also a knowledge of French and Italian, and a good encyclopaedia at hand, which I unfortunately didn't have.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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