Eyeless in Gaza, novel of ideas by Aldous Huxley, published in This semiautobiographical novel criticizes the dearth of spiritual values in contemporary. The most obvious and disturbing feature of Eyeless In Gaza is the peculiar narrative technique used 2 Harold H. Watts, Aldous Huxley (New York, I), p. One of Brave New World author Aldous Huxley’s finest and most personal novels, now back in print in a Harper Perennial Modern Classics edition, Eyeless in.

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Preferring my philosophy in a more emotional style, I found Huxley’s ruminations a bit too much at times.

Eyeless in Gaza

To ask other readers questions about Eyeless in Gazaplease sign up. The real meaning of the title must be a pointer to the way in which the characters in the novel think that they are doing something new and revolutionary, something that will destroy the outdated society around them. Eyelrss designation could stem from the time in my life when I read it, or my love for the characters- but more definitely it has grown- from the way the characters have traveled with me through my journey to realization as an adult.

But there is the empirical fact that contemplation of the divinity – of goodness in the its most unqualified form – is a method of realizing that goodness to some degree in one’s own life.

Ultimately I think this is a novel about one trying to engage their real self and transcend their mistakes and fears by finding meaning in a higher power. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I remember that when I wrote down my first review I ib that: I like aldouss treated like an intelligent person, but this goes beyond that.

At this point, he begins to search for some source of meaning in his life, which seems to be provided huxoey he discovers pacifism and then mysticism. The narrative rotates between 5 or so timelines and flips back to each periodically, like Moloch gleefully dealing Texas Hold’em. The story jumps around a lot chronologically so it is quite hard to establish the characters definitively, especially the peripheral ones.

A woman who has previously been or is married and who all of a sudden discovers her capability to stuff other people over, but has an indignant and ironic set of morals at the same time probably instilled by some authoritarian father. This method not only allows for eyelesz changeable views of the characters when readers learn about their earlier lives, but helps build the story to a more emotional climax than it otherwise would have done.


Brave New World Get at Amazon: The major literatures written in English outside the British Isles are treated separately under American literature,…. At that point of my life, I loved feelings, dramas, and life more than I loved ideas and societal commentaries.

He often finds himself knowing what to do but resists because it is simply easier to remain passive. If you just want an enjoyable novel, an interesting plot, this is not your cup of teait is not a book to read on the plane to Miami. Other important moments are the abduction of Helen’s later lover, the Communist agitator Ekki Giesebrecht, by Nazi gazq in Switzerland, and the final event of the novel, in which Beavis goes to speak at a pacifist meeting in eyeles fact of death threats.

Hate, anger, ambition explicitly deny human unity; lust and greed do the same indirectly and by implication – by insisting exclusively on particular individual experiences and in the case of lust, using other people merely as a means for obtaining such experiences For beneath all being, beneath the countless identical but separate patterns, beneath the attractions hkxley repulsions, lies peace.

I admire the writing but was not convinced by the plotting. Ovid’s quote brings it somewhat into focus, just in time for Huxley to smudge a blurry line across the vista. Forcing ideas to associate or come apart. Discover some of the most interesting and trending topics of Philosophical ideas that suffer from some repetition but don’t lose their charm and freshness.

Many of the characters know how they should behave, and yet, they do just the opposite. I eueless to be “well-read” and I eheless the name Aldous Huxley from my friends’ shelves.

Eyeless in Gaza | novel by Huxley |

Jan 25, Andreea aldoks it it was amazing. Anthony on his celibacy: Alrous works are notable for their wit and pessimistic satire, though he remains best known for one novel, Brave New Worlda model for much dystopian science fiction that followed. A Forum on Fiction. Each chapter hops backwards and forwards across the first few decades of the twentieth century, continually introducing characters, school friends, family and lovers. Reading Eyeless in Gaza feels like peering into the genius mind of Huxley himself.


Utopia, dystopia, academia, came to mind. Paperbackpages. It appears to be the turning point of Huxley from cynic to mystic and while there is much huzley in the book, every character is an ugly caricature there is self awareness of this cynicism as shown as yet another useless ugliness as it detaches itself from the egotistical intellectualism which would otherwise give it a self righteous excuse to feel pride.

Best known for his novels and wide-ranging output of essays, he also published short stories, poetry, travel writing, and film stories and scripts. Occasional philosophical asides reminded eyelesz of Iris Murdoch in part, and just like her books, showed that novels which on the surface are about human relationships, can also make us think about the bigger things in life. Not worse for those experiencing this work, but maybe for that genius eyrless gives. The chief example of this is Anthony Beavis, the protagonist who is based heavily on Huxley himself.

However, at the same time, I feel I can understand how terrible actions emanate from confused feelings that are nowhere near as awful as the acts themselves. The novel simultaneously weaves together 3 separate story timelines alddous how his childhood shapes the mistakes of his adolescents and the cushion his sardonic personali I read Eyeless in Gaza when I was 18 and again in my 20’s.

Having read ‘The Doors of Perception-Heaven and Hell’, ‘Brave New World’ and ‘Island’ all those years ago, it has been a joy to return to this masters writing and still find it exquisite. Vista which may have allowed for better interpretation, but only followed worse.

Unity with all being. From the books that Huxley is eydless know for, I was expecting a dystopian commentary involving various chemical mind-states.

The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. It is very intelligently built, bringing past events in the present, there are no corny characters, archetypes are absent I wouldn’t think of the doctor as archetype, as long as one may trace down his evolutioneyelless