Mortal Coils (2020)

Mortal Coils Aldous Huxley Mortal Coils Aldous Huxley the world famous author of BRAVE NEW WORLD was one of the great literary visionaries of the th century The grandson of Thomas H Huxley Darwin s famous defender he was b
  • Title: Mortal Coils
  • Author: Aldous Huxley
  • ISBN: 9780809592326
  • Page: 103
  • Format: Hardcover
Mortal Coils Aldous Huxley Aldous Huxley 1894 1963 , the world famous author of BRAVE NEW WORLD, was one of the great literary visionaries of the 20th century The grandson of Thomas H, Huxley Darwin s famous defender , he was born in England and educated at Eton and Oxford He traveled widely in his youth and lived in Italy for a while in the 1920s He began his literary career with poetry and crAldous Huxley 1894 1963 , the world famous author of BRAVE NEW WORLD, was one of the great literary visionaries of the 20th century The grandson of Thomas H, Huxley Darwin s famous defender , he was born in England and educated at Eton and Oxford He traveled widely in his youth and lived in Italy for a while in the 1920s He began his literary career with poetry and critical essays, then turned to novels Having been born just too late to participate in World War I, he was able, in his early works, such as CROME YELLOW 1921 , ANTIC HAY 1923 , THOSE BARREN LEAVES 1925 , and POINT COUNTER POINT 1928 , to perfectly capture a sense of purposeless aftermath which resonated strongly in British society at the time A satirical strain already evident manifested itself spectacularly in BRAVE NEW WORLD 1932 , after which much of his work began to show a fantastic or speculative cast, including AFTER MANY A SUMMER DIES THE SWAN about immortality, 1939 , TIMES MUST HAVE A STOP 1944 , and APE AND ESSENCE a dystopia, 1948 ISLAND, his last work, published in 1962, is a utopia Late in life he developed an increasing disdain for Western society and an interest in Eastern mysticism and in the possibilities of psychedelic drugs, which he described in THE DOORS OF PERCEPTION 1954 MORTAL COILS is a short story collection from Huxley s early period, including one of his most popular stories, The Gioconda Smile.
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  1. B0nnie

    Huxley is a writer who knows acid, and these five short stories have it abundantly I have rated them out of 5 g s of acid This is not a measure of meritd it s the wrong kind of acid butThe Gioconda Smile g g g heavy with irony, and later made into a movie, Huxley the screenwriter Huxley is hilarious in his descriptions What a queer face she had That small mouth pursed forward by the Gioconda expression into a little snout with a round hole in the middle as though for whistling it was like a penh [...]

  2. Vit Babenco

    For in that sleep of death, what dreams may come,When we have shuffled off this mortal coil Hamlet William ShakespeareAldous Huxley was a master of subtle irony But he was capable to make his irony so exquisite and venomous that he could kill with a single phrase.Photographs of Greek statuary, photographs of the Roman Forum, coloured prints of Italian masterpieces, all very safe and well known Poor, dear Janet, what a prig what an intellectual snob Her real taste was illustrated in that water co [...]

  3. John Frankham

    Brilliantly written, sad, acid, and ironic little stories about the human condition MORTAL COILS is a short story collection from Huxley s early period, including one of his most popular stories, The Gioconda Smile.

  4. Jonathan Norton

    5 very early stories by Huxley, which show once that he could write straightforward narratives that weren t simply philosophical dialogues, and that he could see the silliness and pomposity of intellectuals The Giaconda Smile is an Agatha Christie yarn dispatched simply and efficiently, whilst The Tillotson Banquet is a superb dark comedy about ambition and reputation and the personalities of the culture racket Green Tunnels meanders about amongst some dull English tourists in Italy but does ha [...]

  5. Ci

    The first story The Gioconda Smile is often anthologized so this is my second time reading it This time, the story impressed me about the framed man s own existential nihilism and his gathering up spiritually when he is doomed by the Gioconda who smiled ever so convincingly before His shuffling off his mortal coil has a tinge of stoic heroic resolution, a preferred state that his apathetic indifference in living The second one is a play of blithe comedy and social satire Nothing very profound.T [...]

  6. dunja

    Enjoyable stories and impeccable style, as expected I loved The Tillotson Banquet perhaps even so as a daughter of a painter but skipped Permutations amog the Nightingales as I truly hate reading drama format Green Tunels is beautiful and Barbara is a great character the kind I don t come across too often She reminds me of Alice Nuns at Luncheon was amazing, I loved the meta narration and the subtle shepherding of imagination Huxley s philosophies, as always, fascinate and heavily influence me S [...]

  7. Ad Astra

    I really enjoy Aldous Huxley His literature takes me a while to piece together, because his descriptions and language don t read like modern text Some of these stories have a very Lovecraftian vibe to them, which seems appropriate These stories are pretty far removed from his Brave New World feel I d recommend this if you like Huxley in general, but beyond that I m not sure what you d get out of it.

  8. Carl Mayo

    All five of these stories were confusing and difficult to read not because of the archaic cultural references and early 20th century writing style, but because they appeared not to be edited for clarity The Gioconda Smile was the only one that made sense.

  9. Matthew

    Really liked in particular the story of the Tillotson banquet Especially loved the reoccurring allusions to painters and fine art in all of the stories All seemed to have unexpected twists and are written in Huxley s classic poetic and enticing stylings Was really enjoyable to read.

  10. Ramesh kumar

    good in parts but very abstract and you don t know why he chose thissubject.were conditions that bad those days

  11. Mike Walmsley

    Mostly empty narratives hold back a peerless writing style that overflows with poetry and expression.

  12. Maggie

    interesting to read these stories even though they are each a bit dated the idea of how we behave with each other and then we die remains a stalwart topic for good writing

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