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Antic Hay | [Aldous Huxley]

Antic Hay

Theodore Gumbril, a mild young Oxford tutor, has become thoroughly dismayed by the formality of college life and the staid British institutions of learning. An impetuous need for celebration, even rebellion, possesses him. He and his bohemian companions embark on wild and daring "bacchanalian" adventures that steer them resolutely away from stifling conventions of behavior, charging them for the first time with an exuberant vitality and lust for life.
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Theodore Gumbril, a mild young Oxford tutor, has become thoroughly dismayed by the formality of college life and the staid British institutions of learning. An impetuous need for celebration, even rebellion, possesses him. He and his bohemian companions embark on wild and daring "bacchanalian" adventures that steer them resolutely away from stifling conventions of behavior, charging them for the first time with an exuberant vitality and lust for life.

A sardonic and outspoken novel, Antic Hay unfolds its polemical theme against the backdrop of London's post-war nihilistic Bohemia. This is Huxley at his biting, brilliant best - a novel charged with excitement and loud with satiric laughter at conventional morality and stuffy people everywhere.

(P)1998 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Whitfield's voice is fun to listen to, and he uses that playfulness to complement Huxley's biting, satiric prose. He reads marvelously, pacing the story well and using his firm, deep voice to capture the irony and hypocrisy within the book." (AudioFile)
"[A] cry for madder music and for stronger wine." (New York Times)
"Aldous Huxley was the most able of satirists...and it is the essential seriousness of his mind, his real concern with the world which gives him his strength." (Nation)

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