After Many A Summer Dies the Swan

After Many A Summer Dies the Swan

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A Hollywood millionaire with a terror of death, whose personal physician happens to be working on a theory of longevity-these are the elements of Aldous Huxley's caustic and entertaining satire on man's desire to live indefinitely. With his customary wit and intellectual sophistication, Huxley pursues his characters in their quest for the eternal, finishing on a note of horror. "This is Mr. Huxley's Hollywood novel, and you might expect it to be fantastic, extravagant, crazy and preposterous. It is all that, and heaven and hell too....It is the kind of novel that he is particularly the master of, where the most extraordinary and fortuitous events are followed by contemplative little essays on the meaning of life....The story is outrageously good." New York Times. "A highly sensational plot that will keep astonishing you to practically the final sentence." The New Yorker. "Mr. Huxley's elegant mockery, his cruel aptness of phrase, the revelations and the ingenious surprises he springs on the reader are those of a master craftsman; Mr. Huxley is at the top of his form." London Times Literary Supplement."
Publisher: Chicago : I.R. Dee, 1993, c1939
Edition: 1st Elephant pbk. ed
ISBN: 9781566630184
Characteristics: 356 p. ; 20 cm


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" ' I could lie down like a tired child/ And weep away this life of care./ ' Lovely! But if they'd known how to clear up poor Shelley's chronic tuberculous pleurisy it would never have been written. Lying down like a tired child and weeping life away happens to be one of the most characteristic symptoms of chronic tuberculous pleurisy. And most of the other WELTSCHMERZ boys were either sick men or alcoholics or dope addicts. I could have prevented every one of them from writing as he did.' Dr. Obispo looked at Jeremy with a wolfish smile that was almost child-lke in its candour." " ' Il faut cultiver notre jardin was not the last word in human wisdom; at the best it was only the last but one.' " ' The "normalities" of Tartufe and Pecksniff; of the clergymen who can't keep away from schoolgirls, the cabinet ministers with a secret mania for handsome youths.' " this is what you get from any of Huxley's novels: he is critical of society's accepted shibboleths (truths). as such, he is the opposite of propaganda, and, since there are so many propagandists working as verbal artists, Huxley is valuable to us, just as is Orwell. He is an author of Ideas, not an author of Feeling (James), or Sensation ( Hemingway). He takes an overview, and is objective. I love him. And his tone. He is my imagined Uncle.


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