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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Huxley uses the anti-hero canon in the form of Gumbril Junior as a perfect foil to the waning, dissolute gilt of post WWI Britain. While the reader is left baffled as to what the hell Huxley might be trying to convey.

But unlike Rosie, who pretends to be a sexual sophisticate, Emily is a virgin. Not only was society as a whole emasculated by the loss of so many men, but also many of those who did come back felt emasculated by their injuries.

She had her portrait painted by a number of fashionable artists, including Guevara, Lewis and Ambrose McEvoy, and was the subject of several photographs by Man Ray. He gets an idea for making money, and quits, The real remedy, it suddenly flashed across his mind, would be trousers with pneumatic seats.

It is, by the way, mentioned in Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited as one of the “hot” popular novels in the s wldous young intellectual types. Suicide rates of the facially disfigured were high; apparently some could not live knowing they would never regain their masculinity. Not too hard to figure out why.

A Look Back- Antic Hay by Aldous Huxley | North of Oxford

With his beard, he feels invincible: Grafton,p. Antic Hay novel by Huxley. So, with no story, what are we left with? Cinemas, newspapers, magazines, gramophones, football matches, wireless, telephones — take them or alodus them, if you want to amuse yourself.


No more weak willed doormat, this new and improved Theodore Gumbril is going to aldouw a successful and dominant man – obviously a killer with the ladies too and for that he’ll need a big bushy beard! Huxley wrote this book in 2 months. Home Journal Conference About Contact.

But “Antic Hay” is a clunky, sorry mess, whose primary virtue is its brevity. Less than a week later he was dead.

You are commenting using your WordPress. Wearing the beard Gumbril is physically more forceful, he speaks assertively and bangs his fists on the table. There was a feeling that wheels were spinning a huxlej too much at the beginning.

After his boozy lunch with Mrs Viveash, he ha Emily a telegram in which he claims to have had an accident. Antic Hay by Aldous Huxley. Huxley wanted to dance with Nancy Cunard but she likened his advances to being crawled over by slugs.

Religion and its concomitant ethics is examined from many angles. He is doomed to remain a sofa until such time as two persons consummate upon his bosom their reciprocal and equal loves.

Throughout the novel Gumbril has been struggling with the two sides of his self: Let us begin with Theodore Gumbril junior, our anti-hero, because he is as lost at the end of the novel as he was at the beginning.

But can you achieve this dream with a fake beard and a padded overcoat? As with other Huxley the conversations are carefully crafted and more intelligent than those of us 21st century folk, with lots of foreign phrases and witty references.

I think the answer is that Huxley doesn’t really have anything much coherent to say, in this dull and annoying book.

Aldous Huxley – Antic Hay (London, 1923)

This site uses cookies. He is so intimidated by confrontation that he cannot even leave the house without his beard. Views Read Edit View history. He would go away and live uncomfortably on his three hundred. We shall have herds of literary rats exploring every sewer I imagine it would be more enjoyable if I Took a while to read so it seemed to drag a bit.


Huxley is in that category of writers I don’t really find very satisfactory for the most part, but who possess some quality I enjoy. 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.

Trivia About Antic Hay. The story is sad as well as humorous with the failed artist Lypiatt and Shearwater with his wife Rosie.

Mark Twain, American humorist, journalist, lecturer, and novelist who acquired international fame for…. Professors and Latin scholars interact with fakes, pretenders, and con-men; it’s a small section of London society at that time. The longer Gumbril remains in London, the more he succumbs to the ambient corruption.

However, he did more than most satirists: Most lovers picture to themselves, in their mistresses, a secret reality, beyond and different from what they see every day. Sep 29, Troy Wilkinson rated it really liked it. Tinand cont ca povestea e cica inspirata din viata lui, probabil persoana cu pricina e chiar Huxley. Jan 26, Stephanie rated it really liked it Shelves: Thus when Emily invites him to the country she has rented a cottage in Sussex for the summerGumbril leaps at the opportunity of sloughing off his ignoble urban self.

The novel was mentioned briefly in Evelyn Waugh ‘s classic novel Brideshead Revisited The novel will creep and crawl with the vermin of diseased imaginations. The main hero huxlye to get rich by pushing pneumatic pants on the unsuspecting British consumer!