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. Antic Hay, novel by Aldous Huxley, published in A satire of post-World War I London intellectuals, the work follows Theodore Gumbril, Jr., the protagonist. Long out of print, this minor modernist classic satirizes Huxley’s illustrious circle in Antic Hay. Aldous Huxley, Author Dalkey Archive Press $ (p) ISBN.

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Most are gainfully unemployed, drinking, dancing, and dining with the help of allowances, alimony, or inheritances. Huxley satirizes them of course, but they are not just sitting ducks. Here is Gumbril in a library: A satire, it is at times just poking a bit of fun, at times jabbing viciously. As secondary characters, Bojanus is a simple tailor with many opinions about life: Jun 14, Nicola rated it liked it Shelves: Antic Haynovel by Aldous Huxleypublished in Dec 02, Maxine rated it it was ok.

Aldous Huxley – Antic Hay (London, 1923)

Much like The Waste Landwhich was published the previous year, Antic Hay abounds in religious imagery and classical allusions and produces a comparable effect: Cinemas, newspapers, magazines, gramophones, football matches, wireless, telephones — take them or leave them, if you want to amuse yourself. He spent the latter part of his life in the United States, living in Los Angeles from until his xntic in There’s a sadness here that casts a shadow on the comedy.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Discover some of the most interesting and trending topics of Why not as upfront in its message about life as Brave Hayy World, Antic Hay does an excellent job of depicting youthful idealism and the tragedy of trying to live up to those ideals.


The book does capture effectively that widespread disillusionment, with London portrayed as a city devoid of any real values or meaning. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

However, huxlet somebody tries to capture the essence of such situations they inevitably fall flat – what is charming, witty, intense and clever when you’re twenty-three, drunk aldoud an Oxbridge graduate, can sound rather fey, precious and irritating when you’re sober and went to a red-brick university or none at all! Unlike most comic writers who go for the immediate gag, Aldous Huxley is more far-reaching. For an example, check out the quote at the end of the review.

I’m not sure if this is why I enjoy his writing so much.

London in the Aftermath of World War I. Why not just a hat, or scarf? It seemed a bit of an excuse to write about womanising in the Twenties but with no real point. People don’t know ‘how to entertain themselves now; they leave it to other people to do it for them. While the reader is left baffled as to what the hell Huxley might be trying to convey. Antic Hay is blue in more than one sense.

The albino she-rabbits lollopped out and shook their ears and pointed their tremulous noses toward the door. In a different mode than other novels of his that I’ve read, Huxley paints a witty, humorous portrait of the times, laced with plenty of sharp insights on human nature.

Antic Hay | novel by Huxley |

There is a continuous search for something real, for a meaning of life in general, people are just dancing in circles not knowing if there is a finish line or what to expect once they will get there.


Throughout the novel Gumbril has been struggling with the two sides of his self: This is Huxley at his biting, brilliant best, a novel, loud with derisive laughter, which satirically scoffs at all conventional morality and at stuffy people everywhere, a novel that’s always charged with excitement. In the wake of the Great War, London has become an inferno, devoid of morality, religion and love. View Conditions of use and Guidelines. A clever, well written social satire very much of its time.

hqy He is doomed to remain a sofa until such time as two persons consummate upon his bosom their reciprocal and equal loves. He was part of huxleu well-to-do famous family: It clearly demonstrates Huxley’s ability to dramatise intellectual debates in fiction and has been called a ” novel of ideas ” rather than people. Huxley may have been thinking of the Eiffel Tower restaurant in Percy Street, which was patronised by Imagist poets and boasted a private Vorticist dining room and a menu illustrated by Wyndham Lewis.

Quotes from Antic Hay. The longer Gumbril remains in London, the more he succumbs to the ambient corruption. Was there any chance of their being the same? They are in love with somebody else — their own invention. Nov 24, John Millard rated it really liked it. In Antic HayGumbril feels inadequate in his own body. Keep Exploring Britannica William Shakespeare. The growth of a poet — John Keats — Myra Viveash is the epitome of the bored sybarite, but Huxley deftly hulxey her into a tragic figure.

And tonight, she had been hhuxley model of non-existence. Mrs Viveash who all the men are in love but who does not love them.