Antic Hay (Flamingo Modern Classics) Paperback – 10 Jan 1994
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"Few present-day writers would dare to be so heroically encyclopaedic, such ardent gleaners of gossip and table talk as well as of the profounder reveries of literature, history, science and religion" (Spectator)
"The great uniting principles that swept mankind along in their current have lost their force, and Huxley's intellectuals find themselves in a maelstrom formed by the new forces of the time. For them, life has become boring, futile, full of ennui. So we get the 'Antic Hay', the dance of profane love, but with the wood-wild strains of Pan broken up into the hesitating rhythms demanded by the fever of modern life. Huxley has a fine sensibility and his wit and fresh vision lend Antic Hay a crystalline quality" (Guardian) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
'Huxley brings extraordinary vigour and gusto to every page he writes' Spectator --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product description
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I laughed out loud on numerous occasions and also berated myself quitely for my own inabilities with other languages.
You will put it down, because it's long, but you'll pick it up again soon enough. Easily amongst the best of 20th Century fiction.
Mrs Viveash is central to the story. She is the candle around which most of the male characters , Gumbril, Lypiatt and Shearwater, revolve and it is her tragic affect on their lives which dominates the novel. The pain of the loss of her lover in the war is unbearable to her and it is her inability or unwillingness to feel for another that causes so much pain around her. Unaccountably, Gumbril seems on the edge of finding true love and potential happiness with the innocent Emily, but then abandon the pursuit of her too easily after a setback. I found myself annoyed by his fatalism.
The reader is left with a taste of the atmosphere of disappointment and disillusionment of the era.
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