Time Must Have a Stop

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Sebastian Barnack, a handsome English schoolboy, goes to Italy for the summer, and there his real education begins. His teachers are two quite different men: Bruno Rontini, the saintly bookseller, who teaches him about things spiritual; and Uncle Eustace, who introduces him to life's profane pleasures. The novel that Aldous Huxley himself thought was his most successful at "fusing idea with story," Time Must Have a Stop is part of Huxley's lifelong attempt to explore the dilemmas of twentieth-century man and to ...

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Overview

Sebastian Barnack, a handsome English schoolboy, goes to Italy for the summer, and there his real education begins. His teachers are two quite different men: Bruno Rontini, the saintly bookseller, who teaches him about things spiritual; and Uncle Eustace, who introduces him to life's profane pleasures. The novel that Aldous Huxley himself thought was his most successful at "fusing idea with story," Time Must Have a Stop is part of Huxley's lifelong attempt to explore the dilemmas of twentieth-century man and to create characters who, though ill-equipped to solve the dilemmas, all go stumbling on in their painfully serious comedies (in this novel we have the dead atheist who returns in a seance to reveal what he has learned after death but is stuck with a second-rate medium who garbles his messages). Time Must Have a Stop is one of Huxley's finest achievements.

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Editorial Reviews

Thomas Mann
“The book is exciting because it is talented . . . an engagingly advanced accomplishment.”
Edmund Wilson - The New Yorker
“A brilliant performance.”
Times Literary Supplement
“Time Must Have a Stop exhibits Mr. Huxley's learning, his gift for limericks, an acute sense of the craft of poetry and a genuine power of modern poetic phrase, a flow of ribald expression and more than a feast of dark and desperate conclusions about sex.”
The New Yorker
A brilliant performance.
—Edmund Wilson
Times Literary Supplement
Time Must Have a Stop exhibits Mr. Huxley's learning, his gift for limericks, an acute sense of the craft of poetry and a genuine power of modern poetic phrase, a flow of ribald expression and more than a feast of dark and desperate conclusions about sex.
New Statesman and Nation
This is Mr. Huxley's best novel for a very long time. . . . admirably constructed . . . bright and sun-pierced.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564781802
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1998
  • Series: Coleman Dowell British Literature Series
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 263
  • Sales rank: 1,367,771
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Considered to be one of the most significant British writers of the twentieth century, Aldous Huxley is the author of a dozen novels, including Brave New World, Point Counter Point, Time Must Have a Stop, Antic Hay, Crome Yellow, and Those Barren Leaves. He also wrote over thirty volumes of poetry, short stories, and essays during his lifetime.

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