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After Many a Summer (Flamingo modern classics) Paperback – 25 Nov 1976


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Flamingo; New edition edition (25 Nov 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0586044329
  • ISBN-13: 978-0586044322
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.9 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Aldous Huxley was born in 1894 near Godalming, Surrey. He began writing poetry and short stories in his early twenties, but it was his first novel, ‘Crome Yellow’ (1921), which established his literary reputation. This was swiftly followed by ‘Antic Hay (1923), ‘Those Barren Leaves’ (1925) and ‘Point Counter Point ‘(1928) – bright, brilliant satires in which Huxley wittily passed judgement on the shortcomings of contemporary society.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ARoss on 1 Dec 2011
Format: Paperback
I'm not going to spoil this book for anyone by going into lots of detail about it... suffice to say that I had never even heard of it before, and it went on to be one of the the books that I've read that most deeply touched my thoughts and my mind. To anyone who has any interest in philosophy, in books like The Power Of Now, who thinks about why we are all here and what it might all be about... then this is the book for you. Enjoy! :-)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Edler Peter on 28 July 2009
Format: Hardcover
After Many a Summer is Huxley's great story of LA and California.
Its images from the thirties have inspired other great writers, Evelyn Waugh with The Loved One among them. Huxley's bitter-sweet philosophy reads as fresh today as when he wrote it during the Spanish Civil War. Don't fail to read this. One word of advice AVOID THE DUMMIED-UP VERSION by the FOLIO SOCIETY, London, 1980, which includes illustrations. This will always be a MODERN book and should be presented as such. Pete Edler, Stockholm
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Format: Paperback
I have just finished re-reading this novel. It was published in 1939 but I first read it at school in about 1964. We had an English master who was very keen on Huxley. I suspect he is regarded as rather out of date now, since he wrote in the 20s and 30s, and reflected the concerns of his time, but also included rather a lot of philosophical speculation, instead of concentrating on the characters and the action, as the best modern novelists do. However, personally I like this kind of novel. Its a deeply sombre book, with a chilling ending.

Everyone assumes it would be a good thing to be able to live to 200. The book challenges this in a very original and compelling way. In doing so, I think it is basically telling us to be content with what we have - always a wise recommendation. It is also a devastating critique of materialistic culture.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By rob crawford TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 May 2011
Format: Paperback
This novel did absolutely nothing for me. It has 2-dimensional characters - a self-absorbed millionaire, a beautiful promiscuous daughter, a young idealist from a lower class, a cynical philosophical doctor - that debate obscure subjects at great length, utterly lacking in realism or drama or even intellectual interest. OK, it is supposed to be a black-comedic statement on California's narcissistic and superficial society, but it is really little more than a crushing bore. The plot revolves around the rich man's search for immortality, with a funny climax when he discovers what it will actually cost.

Not recommended. This is a chore to be studied by some, enjoyed by very few.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ncole4 on 4 Jan 2011
Format: Hardcover
I was really pleased with the whole process, especially the swift delivery and the good, substantial packaging which successfully protected the book during transit. Great price too!
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