By Aldous Huxley

 

 

Christopher Marlowe once wrote:

"My men like satyrs grazing on the lawns

Will with their goat-feet dance the antic hay."

Aldous Huxley, famous writer of notably "Brave New World" takes us just after the First World War, when the old values were being trampled on like the "antic hay".

Theodore Gumbril Junior, former teacher in an Oxford college, not only decides to become rich by commercialising inflatable trousers, but also to abandon his "Mild and Melancholy" self to become a "Complete Man". He is accompanied in his seek for the pleasures of wealth by his idealist architect father, an unsuccessful genius, a bearded blasphemator, a perspiring physiologue, beautiful Myra Viveash and many other incongruous characters, all typical (or so A. Huxley makes us believe) of this crazy decade.

In this satirical analysis of the "Roaring Twenties", A. Huxley criticizes very wittily this delirious, unreal period of debauchery. However, I would not recommend this book for those too young to grasp the message (under 13) because the action in itself is not very interesting, being a support for this message.

As the critic at the time rightly said, "all serious people should read Antic Hay because it is extremely characteristic of our age. All frivolous people will read it because it is extremely amusing."

 

 

Gabriel, 2nde level IV