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Those Barren Leaves By Aldous Huxley,

  • Title: Those Barren Leaves
  • Author: Aldous Huxley
  • ISBN: 9781564781697
  • Page: 493
  • Format: Paperback
  • Aldous Huxley spares no one in his ironic, piercing portrayal of a group gathered in an Italian palace by the socially ambitious and self professed lover of art, Mrs Aldwinkle Here, Mrs Aldwinkle yearns to recapture the glories of the Italian Renaissance, but her guests ultimately fail to fulfill her naive expectations Among her entourage are a suffering poet and reluAldous Huxley spares no one in his ironic, piercing portrayal of a group gathered in an Italian palace by the socially ambitious and self professed lover of art, Mrs Aldwinkle Here, Mrs Aldwinkle yearns to recapture the glories of the Italian Renaissance, but her guests ultimately fail to fulfill her naive expectations Among her entourage are a suffering poet and reluctant editor of the Rabbit Fanciers Gazette who silently bears the widowed Mrs Aldwinkle s desperate advances a popular novelist who records every detail of her affair with another guest, the amorous Calamy, for future literary endeavors and an aging sensualist philosopher who pursues a wealthy yet mentally disabled heiress Stripping the houseguests of their pretensions, Huxley reveals the superficiality of the cultural elite Deliciously satirical, Those Barren Leaves bites the hands of those who dare to posture or feign sophistication and is as comically fresh today as when first published.
    Those Barren Leaves Aldous Huxley spares no one in his ironic piercing portrayal of a group gathered in an Italian palace by the socially ambitious and self professed lover of art Mrs Aldwinkle Here Mrs Aldwinkle year

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    1. Extraordinarily clever I laughed when I read this book, Huxley is a man of incredibly good satire I believe the characters in this book invented as different facets of himself And in his genius state, created them as mouthpieces for his own discussion on life There is hardly a plot, and his characters are defined by singular niches, the jaded socialite turned cynic, the beautiful writer, the shrewd devil may care, and the delusional overachieving social aspirer The book is overwhelmingly simple, [...]

    2. Huxley is best known for Brave New World, and his later descent into drugs and quackery That seems a pity His satires from the 1920s stood out even in that pitiless decade for their icy precision and clarity, and Those Barren Leaves is the sharpest.

    3. Enough of Science and of Art Close up those barren leaves Huxley s third novel explores and eviscerates, in a rather rambling but entertaining way, the cultural affectations of the 1920s, as represented by Mrs Aldwinkle s circle of guests trapped in her palace in Italy Mrs Aldwinkle has purchased not only the palace, but vast domains unmentioned in the contract She had bought the aristocratic family and their historye whole peninsula and everything it containeds arts, its music, its melodious la [...]

    4. Those Barren leaves is a brilliant book with a layered but nevertheless easy to follow structure of stories within stories interesting digressions The language in it is not quite as dense as his previous work Antic Hay he must have learnt from his prior mistakes while the story itself is not overly rich, the trip the characters make to Rome makes up for it While the characters themselves are basically flawed people, it is not difficult to like each of them if only for their weaknesses In the con [...]

    5. The book doesn t really pick up until the second part, but once it does, it s very hard to put it down Comparing this book to Crome Yellow, Huxley s first shows his growth in character development and description Here his characters are complex There is no doubt that Mr Cardan is a reincarnation of Mr Scogan and Mrs Aldwinkle of Patricia Wimbush, but delightful reincarnations they are In addition, Huxley masters scene setting description with descriptions of black silhouetted leaves against a p [...]

    6. I picked this book up on impulse without expectations Right from the start, Huxley s excellent tongue in cheek humor is hard at work mocking the cultural elite on their Italian villa retreat The beautiful Mediterranean setting is intentionally ironic, contrasting the rich achievements of the region s past artists with the people who are ostensibly in a position to carry their torch in modern society Despite the essentially unsympathetic portrayals of the characters, and the hilarity of the colla [...]

    7. Refined, clever writing, but I felt it was a dated and mannered account of people it was hard to believe in, or indeed to care for The narrative of the story is less interesting than the brilliant moments of elegant, intelligent description or the delightfully malicious humorous scenes, such as Mr Cardan s quest for a supposed prize sculpture The novel often digresses into philosophical and linguistic discourse, and much of the dialogue is delivered, less to move on the plot, but to make intell [...]

    8. I felt like reading high quality fanfiction while reading this, and that was a compliment since reading fanfics is generally fun than reading anything else People, tons of interesting people and personalities and psychological observation, pretense and digression in a pretentious social environment, not one detail remained unsaid Add tons of philosophical discussions in that context perfect The mysticism at the end was predictable, but welcomed This was wonderful and I m looking forward to taki [...]

    9. How could the guy who wrote Brave New World also write a book this boring and pointless It boggles the mind.

    10. Once again Mr Huxley demonstrates a mastery in unmasking the absurdity and hypocrisy apparent in the human psyche By decomposing a vast array of realistic and self consisten characters, Huxley satirises not only the post Victorian elite that were his contemporaries, but the very idea of human civilisation itself.

    11. This is my first Huxley novel and I enjoyed it, particularly the descriptions of lovely Italy, where the story is set, and two of the characters, Lord Hovenden and Irene, make the story interesting, because they are likable and made me want to keep reading so I could find out what happens to them Many of the other characters, particularly Lillian Aldwinkle and Miss Thriplow, are not at all sympathetic, and embody all of the worst traits a woman especially can possess I am usually not crazy about [...]

    12. Q And what will happen if I make myself aware, if I actually begin to think A Your swivel chair will turn into a trolley on the mountain railway, the office floor will gracefully slide away from beneath you and you will find yourself launched into the abyss The child, I thought, grows up to forget he is of the same flesh with his parents but they do not forget I wish, for her sake, that I were only five years old Simplicity is no virtue unless you are potentially complicated It is Diderot s para [...]

    13. And how long do you propose to stay I haven t the faintest idea Till you ve got to the bottom of the cosmos, eh A fine example of Huxley s early work and very much what you d call a philosophical novel Character driven satirical plot that is engaging despite the frequent lapses into theory and philosophizing It should be said that Those Barren Leaves is akin to Eyeless in Gaza than Brave New World, and perhaps a good indicator for if a you d suit the style is if you also enjoy the work of autho [...]

    14. An intriguing book that examines a variety of human characters, mainly staged in the setting of a rich woman s italian estate, but elsewhere too The novel iexamines each of the main actors lives from their private points of view and via the author s third person perspective Huxley certainly indulges each at length with the slowness appropriate to spending a season as guests in a villa, but also in the manner most of our days pass anywhere He certainly uses humor to spoof all the people in the bo [...]

    15. Another of Huxley s early novels where he puts the boot into his friends Like Antic Hey and Chrome Yellow it s another perpetual house party thrown by a ghastly woman who collects artists like butterflies You would think Lillian Aldwinkle, a smudge of a woman who you would think had to be a composite or pure invention, but was apparently a recognizable satire of Lady Ottoline Morrell It s a bit broken backed novel There are false starts, and it changes between satire and po faced philosophy with [...]

    16. Those Barren Leaves by Aldous Huxley is as precise as a needle, but unfortunately, that s it His ever skeptical attitude is only good when the subject matter and characters are too, but in this novel no issue, no insight, no argument, no character has stood out for any pleasantries quite a disappointment in the face of Crome Yellow The only good part was when Chelifer was recounting his affair with Barbara Waters, but that didn t last a long time, and the rest of the book did Huxley appears to b [...]

    17. A mixture of characters in Italy are staying at a mansion on the coast of a woman who believes herself to be of an artistic temperment They are an old cynic, a younger cynic who writes for a rabbit journal, a youngish woman who considers herself sensitive, a young aristocrat and his communist friend, and a girl who adores the house owner.This is a satire of the artistic set in the avant garde era It appears to be too subtle for some readers.Many parts of this work were shamelessly ripped off by [...]

    18. This book was set in Italy at takes place mostly in Mrs Aldwinkle s mansion She has several visitors who spent most of their time talking about life and their philosophies They talked a lot about life and death, love, and money I wouldn t really recommend this book to very many people because it was very difficult to read It jumped around a lot between different people s point of views and beliefs The entire novel didn t really have a beginning middle and end, but was just a lot of beliefs.

    19. I have read Huxley s 3 earliest novels one after the other and still have appetite for Sharing the most extraordinary breadth of knowledge in a sparkling, effortless way I don t think these gems from the 1920 s have aged Possibly not the punchiest of plots or the most memorable distinct characters but still a persuasive account of the rootless cultural elite flailing about for a purpose in the aftermath of the first world war Consistently enjoyable and very spirited, but with a continuing melan [...]

    20. The characters are supposed to be cariactures However I found nothing satirical about the narcisistic, pretentious and pompous bunch of idiots After a terrible incident, one of the characters fails to inform the victims family and then sits there meditating on the nature of the incident rather than feeling any remorse Uttterly awful Avoid.

    21. The Hux dishes out a smorgasbord of wisdom in this one More of a philosophical satire than the dystopian future of Brave New World which seems to be what most people were expecting based off half the reviews on this site Kind of reminded me of Great Gatsby in a way.

    22. Relatively entertaining combination of metaphysical probing and mocking the pretentious This the type of novel which would be horrendous were it attempted by an author as hamfisted as, say, Ayn Rand, so Huxley did a pretty good job.

    23. This is an outdated book Huxley might have been trying to belittle the pettiness of social settings of his time But it comes over as a meaningless tale about mean people with too much time on their names I ll send it back into the time machinet

    24. i love reading works by philosophers brilliant satire and interesting concepts but a little try ah, but how could huxley be a philosopher otherwise

    25. While Mr Cardan serves as Huxley s voice of reason, this social critique is made spicier by Chelifer s sly narrative and the childlike courting between Hovenden and Irene.

    26. I really wanted to read this, given that I liked Brave New World so much This is nothing like BNW It s a very stuffy book about stuffy people and didn t hold my interest at all.

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