Support epubBooks by making a small PayPal donation purchase. Description Anthony Beavis is a man inclined to recoil from life. His past is haunted by the death of his best friend Brian and by his entanglement with the cynical and manipulative Mary Amberley. Realising that his determined detachment from the world has been motivated not by intellectual honesty but by moral cowardice, Anthony attempts to find a new way to live. Community Reviews Sign up or Log in to rate this book and submit a review.
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Aug 12, Ivana Books Are Magic rated it really liked it Published in , Eyeless in Gaza is, at times, referred to as the most personal of Huxleys works. Whether this is true, I cant say for sure, but supposedly the protagonist of the novel is based on the Huxley himself and that is what makes this novel more personal. But arent all novels personal?
What I can say, having read this novel and all, is that the protagonist Anthony is quite engaging. 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. 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. 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. Perhaps one cannot entirely avoid these emotions. What else? As I said, the novel functions well as a whole. It is true, that reading this novel required concentration, but not in a bad way if you understand what I mean.
It required concentration and a bit of effort, not because the story was difficult to follow, but because of all the philosophical part, all those ideas that take pages and pages to develop.
As I already stressed, I loved reading all those philosophical passages, but maybe this novel would have profited by being just a little bit shorter? Not a lot, just a bit shorter. Something like minus 50 pages and Eyeless in Gaza would perhaps have been much easier to read. Nevertheless, taken as it is, this book is very very good. To sum up, Eyeless in Gaza is not my favourite work of his, but it is a great novel.
I can honestly recommend it to everyone. It is a must read for fans of Huxley!
Eyeless in Gaza
Julia was the niece of poet and critic Matthew Arnold and the sister of Mrs. Humphry Ward. His brother Julian Huxley and half-brother Andrew Huxley also became outstanding biologists. Aldous had another brother, Noel Trevenen Huxley — , who took his own life after a period of clinical depression. After Hillside he went on to Eton College.
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