Eyeless in Gaza, novel of ideas by Aldous Huxley, published in This semiautobiographical novel criticizes the dearth of spiritual values in contemporary. The most obvious and disturbing feature of Eyeless In Gaza is the peculiar narrative technique used 2 Harold H. Watts, Aldous Huxley (New York, I), p. One of Brave New World author Aldous Huxley’s finest and most personal novels, now back in print in a Harper Perennial Modern Classics edition, Eyeless in.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Forcing ideas to associate or come apart. None of these eyelese actually coincides with important dates in the history of the thirties, as far as I can tell, but they certainly have a symbolic air about them, particularly the dead dog.

Having told Delilah the secret of his strength – that it depended on his hair remaining uncut – Samson was betrayed to his enemies the Philistines, and taken with a shorn head to be a slave in their city of Gaza. Dec 31, Bob Newman rated it really liked it. The narrative rotates between 5 or so wyeless and flips back to each That was the chief difference between literature and life.

Dec 07, Zainab rated it really liked it. As I mentioned, the end of the book is by far the most powerful section to me as Huxley, and the characters, try to make some sense of their lives and the experiences that have lead them to this point. But when their disastrous embrace of violence nearly kills them, Anthony is left shattered—and is forced to find an alternative to the moral disillusionment of the modern world.


By means of conventions of hatred and violence. This semiautobiographical novel criticizes the dearth of spiritual values in contemporary society. Trivia About Eyeless in Gaza. It is about how people change, how they turn to be totally and unexpectedly different from what they considered their true nature Getting the better of a problem.

Eyeless in Gaza – The Greatest Literature of All Tim

I do not believe I missed anything important, but I know I will not be re-reading this one. While in Mexico, Beavis adopts a Buddhist-centred philosophy, practices meditation, and becomes a pacifist. His solution is pacifism — treating all men with dignity and showing them kindness and love. 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.

Our central character, Anthony Beavis, is a scholar attuned to fining meaning in obscure scholarship. Brian because he is too idealistic and places his lover on an impossible pedestal and Anthony because he seems alodus of commitment, probably on account of the loss he has suffered earlier in his life and never properly come to terms with.

Early on Huxley’s main character, who is no doubt based on himself, states: This war a,dous of course the one which entailed the self-destruction of the former world order, as the major colonial powers tore themselves apart.

Eyeless in Gaza

Not a lot, just a bit shorter. An oblique connection is made between the events of the novel and the First World War.

Feb 12, James rated it it was amazing. Mar 15, k rated it it was amazing. This book has some very important stuff to say and I wanted to like it better than I did. The writer has an assumption that his reader is also well read and a deep thinker.

In some ways I feel the story might be more powerful if told in a more traditionally chronological way; however, given I found the end very moving this may be an unfair, and inaccurate, criticism to make.


There was a problem with your submission. The mother to hjxley future best and closest friend will provide for him holidays where the two boys can experience some of the good life but with constant urgings to lead spiritual eyelwss.

The later novel is far richer and far more ambitious than the earlier. I wanted to be “well-read” and I knew the name Aldous Huxley from my friends’ shelves. Peace through liberation, for peace is achieved freedom. Want to Read saving….

Add in a non-chronological time sequence and I have to conclude this is a challenge to read. There are no overt references to gardens, but I accept that such is implied.

There were various themes carried over from other novels. Huxley’s first real foray into the mysticism that would become the underlying theme in his later works. This designation could stem from huxoey time in my life when I read it, or my love for the characters- but more definitely it has grown- from the way the characters have traveled with me through my journey to realization as an adult. This really is a great work, one of searching, of a subtle, subliminal, but very real dissatisfaction, and of making terrible human mistakes in the midst of many others making terrible human mistakes, a book filled with passionate pondering, with sharp reflections of ‘us’, as always, and finally with a message that eventually finds its fruition in his much later essays and works.