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DOWNLOAD Antic Hay ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ ❰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 time has come to gCivilised Myra Viveash and his burning ambitions begin to lose their urgencyWickedly funny and deliciously barbed Antic Hay epitomises the glittering neuroticism of the twenti. I feel a little ambivalent about this novel; some parts were really uite amusing but others were merely tedious and I found that the boring bits seemed to outweigh the interesting passages on average It also suffers from that common pitfall of 'society' novels when portraying restless bored and ultimately unfilled characters you might wind up with a restless boring and ultimately unfulfilling story Antic Hay was very restless it flitted around characters and social scenes but did retain some tethering in the main protagonist Theodore Gumbril an erstwhile academic who comes up with what he thinks is a sound business idea inflatable trousers and changes professions This is going to be the start of a new life for Mr Theodore Gumbril he decides No weak willed doormat this new and improved Theodore Gumbril is going to be a successful and dominant man obviously a killer with the ladies too and for that he'll need a big bushy beardThe 'Man About Town' sections were the funniest in the book the woman who acts as a Bored Socialite foil to his Artistic Persona; so they merrily deceive each other Great stuff It nearly but not uite made up for all of the other tedious sections and characters

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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. My men like satyrs grazing on the lawnsShall with their goat feet dance the antic hayEdward II by Christopher Marlowe This is Brenda Salkeld dancing the antic hay Orwell had recommended Antic Hay to her in the 1930s but alas she wouldn't dance with him Huxley wanted to dance with Nancy Cunard but she likened his advances to being crawled over by slugs Nancy Cunard slugSo he crawled away and he wrote this zany and very smart satire The characters Myra Viveash and Theodore Gumbril Jr are based on Nancy Cunard and Huxley Gumbril Jr is a teacher but hates it just as Huxley did when he had been a teacher at Eton No this was really impossible Definitely it couldn’t go on it could not go on There were thirteen weeks in the summer term there would be thirteen in the autumn and eleven or twelve in the spring; and then another summer of thirteen and so it would go on for ever For ever It wouldn’t do He would go away and live uncomfortably on his three hundred Or no he would go away and he would make money – that was like it – money on a large scale easily; he would be free and he would live For the first time he would liveHe gets an idea for making money and uits The real remedy it suddenly flashed across his mind would be trousers with pneumatic seats For all occasions; not merely for church goingAnd so Gumbril’s Patent Small Clothes are inventedBut don't be too concerned about the plot Huxley explained his true intentions in a letter I will only point out that it is a book written by a member of what I may call the war generation for others of his kind; and that it is intended to reflect fantastically of course but none the less faithfully the life and opinions of an age which has seen the violent disruption of almost all the standards conventions and values current in the previous epochThere's a sadness here that casts a shadow on the comedy Poor Nancy Cunard She could not forget her one true love who was killed in the war and this also is the reason for Myra Viveash's ennui She remembered suddenly one shining day like this in the summer of 1917 when she had walked along this same street slowly like this on the sunny side with Tony Lamb All that day that night it had been one long goodbye He was going back the next morning Less than a week later he was dead Never again never again there had been a time when she could make herself cry simply by saying those two words once or twice under her breath Never again never again She repeated them softly now But she felt no tears behind her eyes Grief doesn’t kill love doesn’t kill; but time kills everything kills desire kills sorrow kills in the end the mind that feels them; wrinkles and softens the body while it still lives rots it like a medlar kills it too at last Never again never again Instead of crying she laughed laughed aloudAntic Hay is blue in than one sense It had been banned on grounds of obscenity Shocking indeed Rosie ends up reading Le Sopha 'No education can be called complete without a knowledge of that divine book' He darted to the bookshelf and came back with a small volume bound in white vellum 'The hero’s soul' he explained handing her the volume 'passes by the laws of metempsychosis into a sofa He is doomed to remain a sofa until such time as two persons consummate upon his bosom their reciprocal and eual loves The book is the record of the poor sofa’s hopes and disappointments'Rosie's assignations had something to do with it too The Complete Man lifted her up walked across the room carrying the fastidious lady in his arms and deposited her on the rosy catafalue of the bed Lying there with her eyes shut she did her best to pretend she was deadGumbril had looked at his wristwatch and found that it was six o’clock Already He prepared himself to take his departure Wrapped in a pink kimono she came out into the hall to wish him farewell The erotica takes place between the lines but sometimes a good cover can help Huxley wrote this book in 2 months Never underestimate a man who takes LSD on his deathbed