Aldous started out writing as a poet and this is his first ever book.
While there were a couple of poems in this that i could get my head around, for the most part it was all a bit too much above my 21st century head: mostly not my kind of poetry. I would class Aldous’ early poetry as very much ringing the death knell of the Victorian upper classes.
For those of us who have been enamoured by Aldous’ later writing, it’s quite interesting to come back to the very beginning and do Aldous chronologically.
Final thoughts: not my cup of tea but you might enjoy it if you’re into pretentious poetry with lots of words that you have to look up.
Slowly building my Huxley collection on the cheap before i work through them in chronological order.
I’m slowly building my Aldous collection as they come up cheap.
Aldous’ first collection of short fiction, consisting of six short stories and a play.
Farcical History of Richard Greenow
A rather interesting look at ‘Dissociative Identity Disorder’ before and into WW1, where one personality is a conscientious objector while the other is firmly on the side of destroying the Hun with extreme predjudice. Add to this that Richard’s other personality is female and has complete blackouts when she takes over things get a little out of control for him.
Superbly written in Aldous’ inimitable style.
Happily Ever After
Eupompus Gave Splendour to Art by Numbers
The Death of Lully
I think i must have been in my early 20’s when i read this, so about 30 years ago. Wow! Good book, great philosphical discussion within, as usual with Aldous’ stories.
So i’ve shoved it onto ‘The Pile’ to be read once more as i work through all of Aldous’ writings.
It’s certainly been a while since i read this. I used to own so many of Aldous’ books, now i have to collect them all over again on Kindle before having a really good reading binge.
Anything written by, or about, Aldous Huxley that i haven’t read already goes straight on ‘The Pile’.
One day i’ll get around to reading this again, it’s been nearly 30 years and it just popped up in Kindle Daily Deals for 99p so i couldn’t turn it down.
I’m hoping to digitally rebuild my Aldous Huxley collection that i used to have years ago in real books – maybe when i’ve got a load i’ll have a good Huxley binge, but until then they can sit and gather some digital dust.