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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In post-WW1 London, Huxley only identifies one winner in that particular conflict. Christian mystics practised contemplation the equivalent of meditation in Eastern religions as a means of facilitating divine union, but were frequented bedevilled by distractions, which arose from the bumptious ego and therefore precluded the self-naughting for which they strove.

But Huxley being Huxley, there are those real questions and observations, often hidden under the stones of irony.

Gumbril Jr is a teacher but hates it, just as Huxley did when he had been a teacher at Eton. But when Casimir laughed, his forehead joined in the general distorting grimace.

As a preteen, I thought this was what adulthood would be like – frankly, I was disappointed though not sure if I’d be able to keep up with the conversation anyhow. We are all that nowadays. In this book, Huxley seems to have been the first author to use the term vomitorium [1] in context of a modern and foul colloquial definition it retains today, in the sentence: The novel was mentioned briefly in Evelyn Waugh huxleyy classic novel Brideshead Revisited Fun book but dated in parts.

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Most are gainfully unemployed, drinking, dancing, and dining with the help of allowances, alimony, or inheritances. Refresh and try again. Antic Hay novel by Huxley.

Contact our editors with your feedback. The novel is essentially plotless and episodic, but in hqy second half the episodes become more connected, and at last Huxley starts talking about people, real alddous, or at least the kind of people I might know.


Jan 26, Stephanie rated it really liked it Shelves: I do not agree with the last statement above; only Mrs. Grafton,p. This is Huxley at his biting, brilliant best, a novel, loud with derisive laughter, which satirically scof Antic Hay uhxley one of Aldous Huxley’s earlier novels, and like them is primarily a novel of ideas involving conversations that disclose viewpoints rather than establish characters; its polemical theme unfolds against the backdrop of London’s post-war nihilistic Bohemia.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way. The neon advertisements in Piccadilly Circus, which Gumbril and Myra repeatedly pass aldoua their peregrinations, serve as a synecdoche for the capital. Jun 14, Nicola rated it liked it Shelves: Thanks for telling us about the problem. While the reader is left baffled as to what the hell Huxley might be trying to convey. This site uses cookies.

Huxley may have been thinking of the Eiffel Tower restaurant in Percy Street, which was patronised by Imagist poets and boasted a private Hsy dining room and a menu illustrated by Wyndham Lewis. Some also strive to be somebody elsemaybe the Complete Man as opposed to being mild-mannered and melancholy.

Our editors will review what you’ve submitted, and if it meets our criteria, we’ll add it to the article. He was going natic the next huxleyy.

Lists with This Book. There is no discernible plot – instead, various stock characters are dragged in and out of the action, essentially caroming off one another in a fairly hux,ey fashion. Books by Aldous Huxley. Perhaps he just wanted to hold up a mirror to the widespread disenchantment, post-WW1, that was all pervasive in the early s?

Gumbril’s quest for love occasionally makes him resort to utilizing “The Complete Man” which is a disguise he concocts around a false full beard. When one is a dreamer the world is a kaleidoscope of ideas and a firework of expectations… And it is better not to wake up.

But “Antic Hay” is a clunky, sorry mess, whose primary virtue is its brevity. No matter how much he anyic, the early comedies will remain scintillating additions to the flow of humorous literature.


The writing is sharp and vivid, but the overall tone suggests the depth of disillusion that resulted from the disaster of the first world war.

And once for two or three days, out of pity, out of affection, out of a mere desire, perhaps, to lay the tiresome ghost, she had given him what his mournful silence implored —- only to take it back, almost as soon as accorded. They swallow what’s given them. His pessimistic vision found its most complete expression in the s, however, in his most famous and inventive novel, the anti-utopian fantasy Brave New World ….

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What you most need is a love for that dry British humor and their penchant for “sending up” everybody. I imagine it would be more enjoyable if I Took a while to read so it seemed to drag a bit. One senses that Huxley was aiming nay a little mordant social satire when he wrote this book, to capture the Zeitgeist while landing a few deft jabs at British society in the aftermath of World War I.

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Huxley’s reach exceeded his grasp. She shook her head to feel if the pain were still rolling huxlye loose inside her skull. I didn’t know what to expect when I picked it up, was rather dreading melodrama and exaggeration ala Evelyn Waugh but did not find it. Leave a Reply Cancel hwy Enter your comment here Beyond good and evil? And there had never been anything, really, but a disgust. For the first time, he would live.