The snapshot had become almost as dim as memories. This young woman who had stood in a garden at the turn of the century was like a ghost at a cockcrow. His mother, Anthony Beavis recognized. The thing that had made life worth living all these months was precisely the pain of his bereavement. Life's so ordinary that literature has to deal with the exceptional That's why the inhabitants of imaginative literature have always been recruited from the pages of Who's Who.
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Eyeless in Gaza by Aldous Huxley. Written at the height of his powers immediately after Brave New World , Aldous Huxley's highly acclaimed Eyeless in Gaza is his most personal novel. Huxley's bold, nontraditional narrative tells the loosely autobiographical story of Anthony Beavis, a cynical libertine Oxford graduate who comes of age in the vacuum left by World War I. Unfulfilled by his life, loves, and adv Written at the height of his powers immediately after Brave New World , Aldous Huxley's highly acclaimed Eyeless in Gaza is his most personal novel.
Unfulfilled by his life, loves, and adventures, Anthony is persuaded by a charismatic friend to become a Marxist and take up arms with Mexican revolutionaries. But when their disastrous embrace of violence nearly kills them, Anthony is left shattered—and is forced to find an alternative to the moral disillusionment of the modern world. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published July 20th by Vintage first published More Details Original Title.
Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Eyeless in Gaza , please sign up. Really struggling to get half way into the book. After not enjoying many chapters and trying to make sense, sometimes Huxley has a moment of philosophical reflection much like in his more famous works.
Despite this, it returns to a tangled storyline with its complex linguistics. From the comments on goodreads this seems normal, but as a fan of his work, it really should not take me this long to finish a book. Rachel Toner I have just started this and I am also finding it difficult!
I am going to try and do my best to get through it, but I keep comparing it to his other …more I have just started this and I am also finding it difficult! I am going to try and do my best to get through it, but I keep comparing it to his other works although I shouldn't! Did you manage to get through it? See 2 questions about Eyeless in Gaza…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Eyeless in Gaza.
The past and the present are psychologically and physically bound… The snapshots had become almost as dim as memories. This young woman who had stood in a garden at the turn of the century was like a ghost at cock-crow. His mother, Anthony Beavis recognized. A year or two, perhaps only a month or two, before she died.
But fashion, as he peered at the brown phantom, fashion is a topiary art. On the whole Eyeless in Gaza is about the power of memory… You wish to forget your past errors but your memo The past and the present are psychologically and physically bound… The snapshots had become almost as dim as memories. Jan 18, Jonfaith rated it it was amazing.
That was the chief difference between literature and life. In books, the proportion of exceptional to commonplace people is high; in reality, very low. Practically bed ridden, incapacitated and unable to sleep I completed this chewy hulk of a novel in 24 hours. Overflowing with ideas, Eyeless asks about Action: what is one to do? Anthony, one of the novels chief characters remains preoccupied with freedom throughout his life. The narrative rotates between 5 or so timelines and flips back to each That was the chief difference between literature and life.
The narrative rotates between 5 or so timelines and flips back to each periodically, like Moloch gleefully dealing Texas Hold'em. Others are debauched or likewise stalwarts in various ideologies. Huxley asserts through the fog of politics and history that a point might be, just keep it simple. Take it easy on your colon. Don't try to fuck people over. Make amends. There are no overt references to gardens, but I accept that such is implied. This was published in and with Spain and the Dark Times on the horizon, this is penned in a certain panic.
I wondered whether our own anxiety will crystalize in such a masterful experiment. View all 3 comments. Aug 19, Anita rated it it was amazing. Eyeless in Gaza was one of the most profound books I've ever read. After reading it I immediately wanted to read it again. I wanted to sleep with the book under my pillow Aug 12, Ivana Books Are Magic rated it really liked it.
What I can say, having read this novel and all, is that the protagonist Anthony is quite engaging. The narrative is not exactly chronological and the novel isn't plot driven. Eyeless in Gaza is, among other things, a novel of ideas. Now I perceive that I vented it on thoughts, rather than people. Conquering an unknown province of knowledge. Getting the better of a problem. Forcing ideas to associate or come apart.
Bullying recalcitrant words to assume a certain pattern. All the fun of being a dictator without any risks and responsibilities. The writing is, most of the time, quite brilliant.
Huxley does know how to write good philosophical prose. What impressed me the most was the fact that this book manages to be so many things at once. Eyeless in Gaza is at the same time a novel of ideas and a novel with developed characters and a story. A narrative that is fragmented and hard to follow but still makes sense. Philosophical ideas that suffer from some repetition but don't lose their charm and freshness.
The proof of God's goodness floated in those clouds, crept in those grazing sheep, shone from every burning bush of incandescent blossom — and, in himself and Joan, walked hand in hand across the grass and was manifest in their happiness. His love, it seemed to him, in that apocalyptic moment, was more than merely his; it was in some mysterious way the equivalent of this wind and sunshine, these white gleams against the green and blue of spring. His feeling for Joan was somehow implicit in the world, had a divine and universal significance.
He loved her infinitely, and for that reason was able to love everything in the world as much as he loved her. Although, Huxley takes it a bit too far at times. Still, I suppose that makes this book quite unique.
Huxley is an interesting thinker, and I enjoyed reading this one. I didn't mind the fact that the chapters of the book are not ordered chronologically. It is just that at times, it felt like a bit too much. What did bother me is that the Eyeless in Gaza was sometimes a bit sentimental and cynic.
These two emotions that the author masterfully makes fun of and yet doesn't succeed in completely avoiding sometimes felt out of place! Perhaps one cannot entirely avoid these emotions.
Generally, the point is to show that the novel very rarely received criticism that does not seem outdated by now. The beginning decades of the 20 th century saw an era of cultural and artistic ebullience and experimentation. The novel is a primary genre in which these experiments with and interpretations of time and change take place. The intersection between reader and text is characterized by these sense-making procedures. It demonstrates its power through the depiction of personality. Jerome Meckier says that it is the most multiple Bildungsroman written in English Meckier
Eyeless in Gaza
Eyeless in Gaza , novel of ideas by Aldous Huxley , published in This semiautobiographical novel criticizes the dearth of spiritual values in contemporary society. In nonchronological fashion the novel covers more than 30 years in the lives of a group of upper-middle-class English friends, especially Anthony Beavis and his longtime married lover, Helen. His intense prep-school friendships continue at Oxford; most important are his relationships with Brian Foxe, who later commits suicide; with Hugh Ledwidge, who marries Helen; and with Mark Staithes, who becomes a Marxist and with whom Beavis goes to Mexico to fight in a revolution. While in Mexico, Beavis adopts a Buddhist-centred philosophy, practices meditation, and becomes a pacifist.
Aldous Huxley, Short of Sight
A quotation from Milton and a canine kaplooey: sophisticated, or what? That, kids, was the kind of multilevel blast that Aldous Huxley used to give us when he was current. Nowadays, the titles of his books are more alive than his books, but still the legend lingers. Godlike in his height, aquiline features, and omnidirectional intelligence, Huxley was a living myth. He was the myth of the man who knew everything. Inevitably, he attracted contrary myths designed to shrivel his looming outline.