Antic Hay

Antic Hay

by Robert Whitfield, Aldous Huxley
     
 
Aldous Huxley was the most able of satirists. . . and it is the essential seriousness of his mind, his real concern with the world which gives him his strength.The Nation Here is a sardonic, relentlessly outspoken novel of the sudden change of a mild, ineffective young man into a massive Rabelaisian man, broad and powerful and exuberant with vitality . . . great eater

Overview

Aldous Huxley was the most able of satirists. . . and it is the essential seriousness of his mind, his real concern with the world which gives him his strength.The Nation Here is a sardonic, relentlessly outspoken novel of the sudden change of a mild, ineffective young man into a massive Rabelaisian man, broad and powerful and exuberant with vitality . . . great eater, deep drinker, stout fighter, prodigious lover . . . Young Oxford tutor Theodore Gumbril has become thoroughly dismayed by the formality of college life and the staid British institutions of learning. An impetuous need for celebration, even rebellion, possesses him. He and his bohemian companions embark on wild and daring bacchanalian adventures that steer them resolutely away from stifling conventions of behavior. Antic Hay, first published in 1923, is one of Aldous Huxley’s earlier novels, and like them is primarily a novel of ideas involving conversations which disclose viewpoints rather than establish characters; its polemical theme unfolds against the backdrop of London’s post-war nihilistic Bohemia. This is Huxley at his biting, brilliant besta novel, loud with derisive laughter, which satirically scoffs at all conventional morality and at stuffy people everywherea novel that’s always charged with excitement. [A] . . . cry for madder music and for stronger wine . . .New York Times

Editorial Reviews

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.
Saturday Review

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786115174
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/1999
Edition description:
Unabridged, 7 Cassettes
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.46(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Aldous Huxley is one of the most significant British writers of the twentieth century. He wrote a dozen novels, including Point Counter Point, Those Barren Leaves, and Brave New World, and twice as many volumes of poetry and nonfiction.

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