Antic Hay

Antic Hay

by Aldous Huxley

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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

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ISBN-13: 9780899668482
Publisher: Buccaneer Books, Inc.
Publication date: 10/28/1991
Pages: 300

About 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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Antic Hay 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
P_S_Patrick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Like "Those Barren Leaves" this story is about that certain section of society which Huxley paints so humorously, though never to the detriment of the serious content. That content being the intellectual and philosophical themes that this book was written to discuss. Again, as far as I can tell, the book is written more for the thoughts and conversations of the characters, than for the plot and the actions of the characters, but that may just be the way I read it. The book is amusing in that it pokes fun at several of the characters with its almost farcical caricatures. The book also verges itself, just in the right places, of doing what it satirises, which makes it all the more fun, but he gets the balance just right. He also creates a balance between the full-of-life, and the morbid despair. The main character, Gumbril, gives up his dreary job as a teacher, which he doesn't enjoy, to enjoy his life more, and make the most out of it before he becomes too old. This is contrasted with another character, who being larger than life at the start, goes on to give up on it all, and becomes depressed,contemplating killing himself. I found it more humourous than "Those Barren Leaves", and he does give the reader things to think about here too, but I don't think he concludes the book so well, and overall I didn't like it quite so much. I would reccomend it to those who have enjoyed other Huxley novels though, and also those who have not read Huxley before, because of its sheer hilarity.
isabelx on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Written and set in the early 1920s, Antic Hay follows a group of upper class friends around London. There isn't much in the way of action; they spend most of the time discussing art, politics and philosophy and showing off. They are all lost and lonely in a changing world where all the old certainties have gone, and all the men are or have been in love with Myra Viveash, the most interesting and probably the most damaged character in the book.
RussBriz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Light, amusing and a view of a changing british society.
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