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An Oxford professor reacting against the turgid pedagoy of his times is possessed of the vital instinct for celebration. Huxley takes this character through a succession of startling adventures that are the...
An Oxford professor reacting against the turgid pedagoy of his times is possessed of the vital instinct for celebration. Huxley takes this character through a succession of startling adventures that are the last word in freedom and self expression.
Posted January 3, 2000
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.