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Antic Hay Read & download ï PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ ❰PDF / Epub❯ ☆ Antic Hay Author Aldous Huxley – WITH A FOREWORD BY DAVID LODGEWhen inspiration leads Theodore Gumbril to design a type of pneumatic trouser cushion to ease the discomfort of sedentary life he decides the Civilised Myra Viveash and his burning ambitions begin to lose their urgencyWickedly funny and deliciously barbed Antic Hay epitomises the glittering neuroticism of the twenti. Huxley’s second novel is a satire set in the early 1920s The cloud of WW1 is there with people trying to find meaning in meaningless things Gumbril the key male character abandons the mindlessness of teaching to develop his pneumatic trouser bottoms He also embarks with some affairs where he gains courage through his fake beard The story is sad as well as humorous with the failed artist Lypiatt and Shearwater with his wife Rosie Mrs Viveash who all the men are in love but who does not love them The happiest person is perhaps Gumbril senior with his evening ritual of watching the starlings roost in nearby trees and his passion for his architectural models An enjoyable read

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Has come to give up teaching and seek his fortune in the metropolis He soon finds himself caught up in the hedonistic world of his friends Mercaptan Lypiatt and the thoroughly. My Vintage Classics edition of Antic Hay describes it as “wickedly funny” and perhaps to those reading it around 1923 when it was first published this social satire seemed the height of hilarity Then again perhaps not The plot such as it is is merely a device for Aldous Huxley to convey different viewpoints The lack of any real story is for a work of fiction a serious limitation and one I struggled with Additionally a classical education and some familiarity with French and Latin is advantageous when reading this book As a reader lacking these skills I had to regularly pause to make online searches to clarify various references that would otherwise have gone over my head So with no story what are we left with A clever well written social satire very much of its time The characters only exist to represent various archetypes an artist a poet a promiscuous flapper an innocent etc whose primary role is to exchange clever dialogue Throughout the novel Gumbril the central character struggles to reconcile the two sides of his personality 'the Mild and Melancholy one' who exalts in nature apprehends divinity in Mozart’s G minor uintet and believes in romantic love; versus 'the Complete Man' who subscribes to the death of God scoffs at romantic ideals and pursues dangerous liaisons In post WW1 London Huxley only identifies one winner in that particular conflictIt is a uick easy read and whilst I really enjoyed a few scenes overall it was too incoherent only sporadically entertaining and sometimes downright annoying I never got any clear sense of what Aldous Huxley wanted to say with this book Perhaps he just wanted to hold up a mirror to the widespread disenchantment post WW1 that was all pervasive in the early 1920s The book does capture effectively that widespread disillusionment with London portrayed as a city devoid of any real values or meaningAfter I’d finished the book I read an article called “Aldous Huxley’s Antic Hay London in the Aftermath of World War I” by Jake Poller which summarises the key plot points and explains what is going on This is a helpful shortcut to understanding the book and much faster than reading the bookAs Charles Bukowski reminds us “An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way An artist says a hard thing in a simple way” In Antic Hay Huxley was intellectual than artist That said having read a short summary of Aldous Huxley’s career in the introduction of this book I am still keen to read of his work with “Point Counter Point” seemingly the most appropriate next book35

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Antic HayWITH A FOREWORD BY DAVID LODGEWhen inspiration leads Theodore Gumbril to design a type of pneumatic trouser cushion to ease the discomfort of sedentary life he decides the time. 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 HayMost lovers picture to themselves in their mistresses a secret reality beyond and different from what they see every day They are in love with somebody else – their own invention And sometimes there is a secret reality; and sometimes reality and appearance are the same The discovery in either case is likely to cause a shockWhen one is a dreamer the world is a kaleidoscope of ideas and a firework of expectations And it is better not to wake up