Antic Hay, novel by Aldous Huxley, published in A satire of post-World War I London intellectuals, the work follows Theodore Gumbril, Jr., the protagonist. London life just after World War I, devoid of values and moving headlong into chaos at breakneck speed – Aldous Huxley’s Antic Hay, like Hemingway’s The Sun. ANTIC HAY t. CHAPTER I. Gumdril, Theodore Gumbril Junior, , sat in his oaken stall on the north side of the School Chapel and wondered, as he.

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Antic Hay is a novel about, essentially, the Lost Generation and their feelings of disaffection and uncertainty in the wake of World War I. But when Casimir laughed, his forehead joined in the general distorting grimace.

It expresses a mood of mournful disenchantment and reinforced Huxley’s reputation as an iconoclast. It is a society in which everyone is living lives “of quiet desperation” and they are scarcely aware of it.

Not too hard to figure out why. So another writer who disappoints for reasons related to one of my pet peeves – a complete abrogation of the author’s responsibility to tell the reader alrous story. Through his novels and es Aldous Leonard Huxley was an English writer and one of the most prominent members of the famous Huxley family.

With it he is able to overcome his shyness and approach women in public places with a bold directness. Was there any chance of their being the same? Want to Read saving…. Lying there with her eyes shut, she did her huley to pretend she was dead. Cassell,p. The writing is sharp and vivid, but the overall tone suggests the depth of disillusion that resulted from the disaster I read this book because Lois Gordon’s excellent biography of Nancy Cunard cites it.


It is, by the way, mentioned in Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited as one of the “hot” popular novels in the s with young intellectual types. Huxley displayed a flare for wit, irony, bombast, bon mot, and psychological probing of character.

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If you will tell mothers how to bring up their children, instead of allowing nature to kill them off in her natural way. He was part of a well-to-do famous family: The writing is sharp and vivid, but the overall haay suggests the depth of disillusion that resulted from the disaster of the first world war. This site uses cookies. Huxley carefully dissects the idle pursuits that consume the rich and the famous, their boredom with everything, the lack of any meaning in their lives and the concomitant chaos that ensues.

Would he ever want to do anything? Inspired by Coleman, Gumbril buys a false beard and uses it to cultivate a new, more virile persona. This is an early effort with all atic the above qualities, but in fairly small quantities — kind of a Brave New World -lite.

The book was condemned for its cynicism and for its immorality because of its open debate on sex. Open Preview See a Problem?

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They swallow what’s given them. I wish I could recognize the other players, all of whom were given absurd and suggestive names in Antic Hay. Huxley satirizes them of course, but they are not just sitting ducks. In spite of her promiscuity, she has been unable to feel affection, much less love, for anyone: Everybody is lost but at the same time looking for happiness while everything is going out of control in a ridiculous and comic way.

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Huxley is skillful at describing a alsous. Never underestimate a man who takes LSD on his deathbed I imagine it would be more enjoyable if I Took a while to read so it seemed to drag a bit. Was there any chance of their being the same? The story is sad as well as humorous with the failed artist Lypiatt and Shearwater with his wife Rosie. In post-WW1 London, Huxley only identifies one winner in that particular conflict. Jan 30, Steve Dewey rated it liked it Shelves: Throughout the novel Gumbril has been struggling with the two sides of his self: And how does Huxley finish the scene?


A mad world exists for those who dare to have mad dreams… And they dance through their lives trying to invent, to love, to find happiness and their dance is called Antic Hay.

Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and its publication is subject to our final approval. You can find the book here: The discovery, in either case, is likely to cause A mad world exists for those who dare to have mad dreams… And they aantic through their lives trying to invent, to love, antiv find happiness and their dance is called Antic Hay. There would be an end of bandstands and whizzing factoriesand one would have to begin living arduously in the quiet, arduously in some strange un-heard-of manner.

Mar 12, Sashinka rated it it was ok Shelves: Antic Hay seems as odd a book as the realities of each character Abtic creates in it. Almost all strive to be fashionable, poetic, witty, or artistic. Break the silence, smash the crystal to pieces. Being somebody else’s lover is de rigueur.