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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Anttic the novel Gumbril, the central character, struggles to reconcile the two sides of his personality: The characters are a group of acquaintances who cope with their ennui in a variety of ways – having affairs, becoming unhealthily obsessed with a woman in their social circle, quitting a job, committing to an artistic life, taking pretending to be someone else to new levels. Huxley apparently had a brief liason with Cunard and then made her a character in this book.

The theme of the novel is nothing. The book follows the lives of a diverse cast of characters in bohemianartistic and intellectual circles. There were thirteen weeks in the summer term, there would be thirteen in the aldouss and eleven or twelve in the spring; and then another summer of thirteen, and so it would go on for ever.

His pessimistic vision found its most complete expression in the s, however, in his most huxlet and inventive novel, the anti-utopian fantasy Brave New World ….

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Having come to the end, I still haj really know what it was about, there was no real resolution and I didn’t like any of the characters enough to care. You may find it helpful to search within the site to see how similar or related subjects are covered. From within that chipped gilt frame all the beauty, all the grandeur of religion looked darkly out upon the pink room. For instance, what is now referred to as modernist impersonality is anathema to Lypiatt: Yes, it’s still a satire on the kind of people in the Bloomsbury set, but it begins to have more feeling, and I could empathise with characters.


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Antic Hay by Aldous Huxley

There’s a sadness here that casts a shadow on the comedy. Notify me of new comments via email. It clearly demonstrates Huxley’s ability to dramatise intellectual debates in fiction and has been called a ” novel of ideas ” rather than people. Want to Read saving…. Antic Hay novel by Huxley. The neon advertisements in Piccadilly Circus, which Gumbril and Myra repeatedly pass in their peregrinations, serve as a synecdoche for the capital.

A satire, it is at times just poking a bit of fun, at times jabbing viciously. Myra Viveash is trapped in the past, Lypiatt is the victim of his own enthusiastic mediocrity, Rosie mistakes temporary amusement for meaningful relationships.

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As with other Huxley the conversations are carefully crafted and more intelligent than those of us 21st century folk, with lots o Huxley was the first author I picked up when I ventured out of the YA section at 11 or so. However, he did more than most satirists: His works are notable for their wit and alodus satire, though he remains best known for one novel,…. Gumbril Jr is a teacher but hates it, just as Huxley did when he had been a teacher at Eton.

And there flickers, there gibbers and twitches — what? The nameless night club Huxley describes was modelled on The Cave of Harmony in Charlotte Street, which was run by Elsa Lanchester and Harold Scott, who put on a performance of one of his plays.


View all 11 comments. The story takes place in Londonand depicts the aimless or self-absorbed cultural elite in the sad and turbulent times following the end of World War I. 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.

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The plot, such huxlfy it is, is merely a device for Aldous Huxley to convey different viewpoints. There was a feeling that wheels were spinning a bit too much at the beginning. Pure and unsullied; pure and unmixed, unadulterated. The longer Gumbril remains in London, the more he succumbs to the ambient corruption.

The interesting things to me about this book were twofold: It was written just after Huxley and his wife moved to Italy, where they lived from to Huxley is skillful at describing a scene. It is a society in which everyone is living lives “of quiet desperation” and they are scarcely aware of it.

Of course the numbers go up. Any text you add should be original, not copied from other sources. It had the inviting air of a road which goes on for ever. Grafton,p.

The themes are pretty timeless: The cloud of WW1 is there with people trying to find meaning in meaningless things. But when Casimir laughed, his forehead joined in the general distorting grimace.

She shook her head to feel if the pain were still rolling about loose inside her skull. If you will import unlimited supplies of corn and meat. And there was still no answer. He was going back the next morning.