"The many-toned wit of the book, the beauty and shrewdness of its descriptions, the learning, the thought, the richness of character, the intellectual and artistic honesty of it . . . show that Mr. Huxley . . . will be a great novelist." (Times Literary Supplement 1-22-25)
"It is brilliant and daring . . . humorous, witty, clever, cultured." (Nation and Athenaeum 1-24-25)
"Brilliantly done; Those Barren Leaves has humour, daring, some excellent fooling, remarkable erudition and plenty of Huxley's salacious irony." (Guardian)
"Huxley has never written a richer book." (Nation 2-18-25)
"Huxley has an utterly ruthless habit of building up an elaborate and sometimes almost romantic structure and then blowing it down with something too ironic to be called satire and too scornful to be called irony." (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
About 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
not Huxley's best by any means but a telling story of upper-class dillatanttes and those who try to find something beyond. A sentimentalist adds incredible perspective to an otherwise dull story, however I must say the last chapter is possibly Huxley's most prolific writing and is a metaphor for everything he ended up saying in not-so-metaphorical ways later in his life.