By Ronald T. Sion
Aldous Huxley, writer of 11 novels, is still one of many towering figures of the 20th century, his paintings proof against passing fads in literature. This severe biography explores Huxley's life-long quest for self-actualization by means of interfacing the occasions of his existence with info of the artistic interval that produced every one e-book. The textual content weaves Huxley's letters, essays and interviews with the thematic content material of every novel, supplying a distinct inspect the man's existence and paintings. of maximum value is the depiction of someone striving for the highbrow progress that will yield a valid philosophical and non secular view of lifestyles, one he infused into his paintings.
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Shearwater is unaware of his own wife’s inﬁdelity and does not know how to deal with the temptress Viveash. When she and Gumbril come to visit him at his laboratory, he screams and turns away from the glass through which they view him. 34 Immorality and cynicism destroy all sense of human values among the characters in Antic Hay, but Huxley does provide a chance for Gumbril’s redemption through his tender feelings for Emily, a young woman with whom he has a platonic relationship. She evokes strong emotions in him, as well as a sense of terror analogous to when one shuts out the noisy world and is drawn deeper into an unfamiliar, calming silence.
This would be in keeping with the cynical or selﬁsh attitude of the new generation who tended to ignore the problems of the poor and unfortunate. The striking disparity, however, between the terrible conditions of the less fortunate and Gumbril’s circle of purposeless and privileged companions discreetly drives home the point. Huxley masterfully juxtaposes the frivolous talk of several upper-class characters as they walk through a poverty-stricken area. The deep misery expressed by one slum dweller contrasts to the foolish chatter of the rich visitors.
He, for one, looks optimistically to the future when Applied Science has gifted the world with another achievement, namely the dissociation of love from propagation. No longer will Eros struggle with Lucina. Free from the constraints that love can place on sexual desire, he once more foreshadows the sexual promiscuity that is an essential aspect of the world order in Brave New World. Scogan says that he envisions a future world in which people will be incubated in bottles with the family system destroyed.