Eyeless in Gaza, novel of ideas by Aldous Huxley, published in This semiautobiographical novel criticizes the dearth of spiritual values in contemporary. Structure and Meaning in Aldous Huxley’s. Eyeless in Gaza. The most obvious and disturbing feature of Eyeless In Gaza is the peculiar narrative technique used . One of Brave New World author Aldous Huxley’s finest and most personal novels, now back in print in a Harper Perennial Modern Classics edition, Eyeless in.

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Utopia, dystopia, academia, came aldoux mind. The plot revolved around the life of Anthony Beavis, moving back and forth betweenwhen he was a child, attending the funeral of his mother, to the mids, watching the world on the brink of another war. There are no overt references to gardens, but I accept that such is implied.

Eyeless in Gaza by Aldous Huxley

The title of the book, like Milton’s huxxley, recalls the biblical story of Samsonwho was captured by the Philistineshis eyes burned out, and taken to Gazawhere he was forced to work grinding grain in a mill.

The chief example of this is Anthony Beavis, the protagonist who is based heavily on Huxley himself. Mar 15, k rated it it was amazing.

It required concentration and a bit of effort, not because the story was difficult to follow, but because of all the philosophical part, all those ideas that take pages and pages to develop. This is particularly the case when we remember that iin novel was published several years before the Second World War broke out, so that the war cannot be seen as the bringing down of the temple unless we credit Huxley with an uncanny gift for accurate prophecy. This book has some very important stuff to say and I wanted to like it better than I did.


From the books that Huxley is well know for, I was expecting a dystopian commentary involving various chemical buxley. The later novel is far richer and far more ambitious than the earlier. The most prominent of these are accompanied by two of the most repulsive descriptions in modern literature. What impressed me the most was the fact that this book manages to be so many things at once.

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He so believes in a pure, ideal version of love that he thinks any physical expressions of that love will tarnish it. If Anthony is to be redeemed, it will be through his attempt at existence that strives towards a core of meaning. His works are notable for their wit and pessimistic satire, though he remains best known for one novel, Brave New Worlda model for much dystopian science fiction that followed.

The question that Huxley may not have appreciated as he finished this book in was: Wanting to meet a book club deadline, I read this in daily 50 page chunks. Much more important than Parliamentary government, or steam engines, or Newton’s Principia.

We can transcend self-imposed limitations. It alxous him the entire course of the novel to get to this realization and manage to go through with it. School, university, love and loss, mistakes and adventures all play their part in the novel. If you just want an enjoyable novel, an interesting plot, this is not your cup of teait is not a book to read on the plane to Miami.

The Best Books of As I already stressed, I loved reading all those philosophical passages, but maybe this novel would have profited by being just a little bit shorter? We are asked to read a long pages in preparation for Anthony to squarely face himself only to be dropped into his life after an incomplete melodrama that is the climax of the book. Everyone is more or less damaged, propping themselves up with drugs or alcohol or sex or intellectual speculation.


His other worldly quality reminds me of the dog that falls out of the sky while Anthony is lying on the roof with Helen.

This young woman who had stood in gazx garden at the turn of the century was like a ghost at cock-crow.

Eyeless in Gaza

In books, the proportion of exceptional to commonplace people is high; in reality, very low. Aldous Leonard Huxley was an English writer and one of the most prominent members of the famous Huxley family. This book is like a eyepess airplane crash. Philosophically, Huxley was a very admirable individual. The Language Instinct Steven Pinker.

alduos They act foolishly or callously when it is more convenient, amusing, or less painful—both for themselves and the others in their lives—to do so. Many of his subsequent works reflect this preoccupation, notably The Perennial Philosophy …. It had been on my shelf for a few gaz, a nice old copy fromthick paper making it look even longer than it was. Certainly this book is not for everyone, eyekess if you are an active and involved reader who can enjoy a book more for its intellectual content rather than just its s This book delves into and dissects both social issues and conflicts of the human psyche through engaging dialogue and monologues.

Restricted it within families and clans, within classes and nations. These two emotions that the author masterfully makes fun of and yet doesn’t succeed in completely avoiding sometimes felt out of place!