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Antic Hay de Aldous Huxley
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Antic Hay (original: 1923; edição: 2019)

de Aldous Huxley (Autor)

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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 Also Rises, portrays a world of lost souls madly pursuing both pleasure and meaning. Fake artists, third-rate poets, pompous critics, pseudo-scientists, con-men, bewildered romantics, cock-eyed futurists - all inhabit this world spinning out of control, as wildly comic as it is disturbingly accurate. In a style that ranges from the lyrical to the absurd, and with characters whose identities shift and change as often as their names and appearances, Huxley has here invented a novel that bristles with life and energy, what the New York Times called "a delirium of sense enjoyment!"… (mais)
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Título:Antic Hay
Autores:Aldous Huxley (Autor)
Informação:Blackmore Dennett (2019), 346 pages
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Antic Hay de Aldous Huxley (Author) (1923)

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I'm a big Huxley fan, but I have to say I was pretty disappointed with this one. The language is great, as usual, but there's almost no story and while I can see at times a point he's trying to make about society at large, it comes off clumsy and kind of boring. ( )
  ZephyrusW | Mar 25, 2018 |
Not the most memorable novel I’ll ever read. Apart from pneumatic trousers (a chindogu candidate if ever there was one), little remains a couple of months on as I write this review.

Perhaps it’s because I’ve read so, so many other novels that attempt to spoof the era after WW1 that it just kind of got lost in the haze. Why is it that so very many writers have to describe that era using witty, ascerbic satire rather than writing about it in any way seriously? Was that stance itself actually a tribute to the age?

Gumbril, who the book opens with and mostly focusses on, is probably the most memorable of the caricatures, and his pursuit of the “Complete Man” fantasy was at times amusing and wry.

But, although it was a good novel, it was only mildly amusing and not a patch on Decline and Fall, for example. Despite being written after his opening Crome Yellow, I prefer the earlier work although I can’t really put my finger on why. ( )
  arukiyomi | Apr 28, 2017 |
The bitter, caustic Huxley dislikes teachers, artists, women, the upper classes, and society in general. Dreadfully boring book and I can't think of anything good to say about it. ( )
1 vote ShelleyAlberta | Jun 4, 2016 |
St. Bart's 2016 #3 - Somewhat interesting 'novel of ideas' that could not break 3 stars for me.....full of pretentious ridiculous characters that I struggled to care about, all pontificating on art, life, morals & on and on and on. And I realize that was part of the point of the book....to be a vehicle for a host of ideas, many conflicting, with only enough silly story to get them all out....but reading back what I have just typed makes me feel like I am back in school, a guaranteed way to stay below 3 stars! With that said, I did enjoy some of the humor in the book....I loved the focus on the inflatable trousers, I thoroughly enjoyed Theodore Sr., the big picture architect, & I laughed out loud over Pasteur's housekeeper calling him 'Master Paster.' But the interminable French & Latin & Italian quotes and verses drove me nuts! No, I don't speak French or Latin.....hell, I can barely speak English!!!! But if the intent was to make me feel inadequate and intellectually inferior, it was a big fail. Instead, my thoughts center on the absurdity of a novel of ideas being written to exclude a huge portion of potential readers from even contemplating the ideas, let alone be sold on them. I have read worse novels, for sure, and there is a datedness to this that further aggravates the situation, but I will tread cautiously as I approach the additional Huxley volumes in my library. ( )
  jeffome | Jan 18, 2016 |

Antic Hay by Aldous Huxley
★★★★
Antic Hay is the irreverent and comedic novel depicting London’s elite in the 1920s. While the protagonist is primarily educator Theodore Gumbril Junior, the story follows motley crew of self-absorbed, directionless characters: Mercaptan, the intellectual, Lypiatt, the failing artist, Coleman the hedonist, Shearwater a physiologist, Myra Viveash, the siren/muse, and a host of other smaller characters.
There’s not much plot to this book. It has been described as a “kind of dance” and indeed this structure is intentional and reflected by the book title. I didn’t enjoy reading this book. There are some gems in the writing but for the most part I was bored and after a time I found his style grating. I had to read this book during times when I could look up terms or quotes. To get a full understanding of this novel the reader should be familiar with the classics, speak English, French, Latin, Italian, & German. I found it all rather pretentious. I disliked reading it but rated it a 3 b/c there are moments of genius in the writing that merited a higher rating despite my overall lack of enjoyment.
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  JenPrim | Jan 15, 2016 |
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The story is told richly and elegantly with few of the interruptions which, despite their intrinsic interest, mar so much of Mr Huxley's story-telling. The disquisition on Wren's London should be in a book of essays but the parody of the night-club play is so funny that one welcomes its intrusion. The 'novel of ideas' raises its ugly head twice only, in the scenes with the tailor and the financier, crashing bores both of them but mere spectators at the dance. They do not hold up the fun for long...

Since 1923 Mr Huxley has travelled far. He has done more than change climate and diet. I miss that undertone in his later work. It was because he was then so near the essentials of the human condition that he could write a book that is frivolous and sentimental and perennially delightful.
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"My men like satyrs grazing on the lawns
Shall with their goat-feet dance the antic hay"

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Gumbril, Theodore Gumbril Junior, B.A.Oxon., sat in his oaken stall on the north side of the School Chapel and wondered, as he listened through the uneasy silence of half a thousand schoolboys to the First Lesson, pondered, as he looked up at the vast window opposite, all blue and jaundiced and bloody with nineteenth-century glass, speculated in his rapid and rambling way about the existence and nature of God.
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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 Also Rises, portrays a world of lost souls madly pursuing both pleasure and meaning. Fake artists, third-rate poets, pompous critics, pseudo-scientists, con-men, bewildered romantics, cock-eyed futurists - all inhabit this world spinning out of control, as wildly comic as it is disturbingly accurate. In a style that ranges from the lyrical to the absurd, and with characters whose identities shift and change as often as their names and appearances, Huxley has here invented a novel that bristles with life and energy, what the New York Times called "a delirium of sense enjoyment!"

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