Paperback Antic Hay . Aldous Huxley Wickedly funny and deliciously barbed, Antic Hay epitomises the glittering neuroticism of the twenties. 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. Long out of print, this minor modernist classic satirizes Huxley’s illustrious circle in Antic Hay. Aldous Huxley, Author Dalkey Archive Press $ (p) ISBN.

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A Look Back- Antic Hay by Aldous Huxley | North of Oxford

The story takes place in London, and depicts the aimless or self-absorbed cultural elite in the sad and turbulent times following the end of World War I.

I think the answer is that Huxley doesn’t really have anything much coherent to say, in this dull and annoying book. The longer Gumbril remains in London, the more he succumbs to the ambient corruption.

Pencil notation on fep. The growth of a poet — John Keats — The discovery, in either case, is likely to cause 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.

Refresh and try again. Cinemas, newspapers, magazines, gramophones, football matches, wireless, telephones — take them or leave them, hkxley you want to amuse yourself.

Learn More in these related Britannica articles: Superficially the story follows one Theodore Gumbril in his invention of Gumbril’s Patent Small-Clothes, trousers which contain a pneumatic cushion in the seat. It clearly demonstrates Huxley’s ability to dramatise intellectual debates in fiction and has been called a “novel of ideas” rather than people.

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The interesting things to me about this book were twofold: And London, with its constant charivari, its hqy bands, music halls and theatres, its cabarets, night-clubs and pubs, is represented as the home of the antic hay. Being somebody else’s lover is de rigueur. Myra, beset by memories of Tony Lamb and in need of distraction, persuades Gumbril to postpone his trip in order to have lunch with her.

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The old Fleet river, which had been little better than a sewer before the Great Fire, was anticc be transformed into an elegant canal. He takes; and what’s that but slavery? They are in love with somebody else — their own invention.

View all 11 comments. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Books by Aldous Huxley. Amusing enough and occasionally yuxley as an idea was worth more than the time it took to read it, but the title says it all. He was part of a well-to-do famous family: The characters have to deal with the lack of values and stability brought by the terrible conflict.

A young Oxford tutor, tired of his staid British life, takes off with some Bohemian friends on a wild and daring Bacchanalian adventure. What do politicians look like? The lack of any real story is, for a work of fiction, a serious limitation, and one I struggled with.

I imagine it would be more enjoyable if I Took a while to read so it seemed to drag a bit. Thus when Emily invites him to the country she has rented a cottage in Sussex for the summerGumbril leaps at the opportunity of sloughing off his ignoble urban self. In many ways this books is hayy to Chrome Yellow.

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 hqy which they strove.

What can you expect? There is a continuous search for something real, for a meaning of life in general, people are just dancing in circles not knowing if there is a finish line or what to expect once they will get there.


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. Nice clean tight copy.

A Fable “published Antid HuxleyEnglish novelist and critic gifted with an acute and far-ranging intelligence. With it he is able to overcome his shyness and approach women in public places with a bold directness.

So, with no story, what are we left with? Email required Address never made public. Jul 31, Monica rated it liked it. The Sun Dial Library edition. Blue boards are scuffed, spine is sunned.

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She had her portrait painted by a number of fashionable artists, including Guevara, Lewis and Ambrose McEvoy, and was the subject of several photographs by Man Ray. This is an early effort with all of the above qualities, but in fairly small quantities — kind of a Brave New World -lite.

Huxley was the first author I picked up when I ventured out of the YA section at 11 or so. Views Read Edit View history. The themes are pretty timeless: 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. His works are notable for their wit and pessimistic satire, though he remains best known for one novel,….

There was a problem with your submission. 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 random fashion.