After Many a Summer Dies the Swan

After Many a Summer Dies the Swan

by Aldous Huxley

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A Hollywood millionaire with a terror of death, whose personal physician happens to be working on a theory of longevity-these are the elements of Aldous Huxley's caustic and entertaining satire on man's desire to live indefinitely. With his customary wit and intellectual sophistication, Huxley pursues his characters in their quest for the eternal, finishing on a note of horror. "This is Mr. Huxley's Hollywood novel, and you might expect it to be fantastic, extravagant, crazy and preposterous. It is all that, and heaven and hell too....It is the kind of novel that he is particularly the master of, where the most extraordinary and fortuitous events are followed by contemplative little essays on the meaning of life....The story is outrageously good."—New York Times. "A highly sensational plot that will keep astonishing you to practically the final sentence."—The New Yorker. "Mr. Huxley's elegant mockery, his cruel aptness of phrase, the revelations and the ingenious surprises he springs on the reader are those of a master craftsman; Mr. Huxley is at the top of his form." —London Times Literary Supplement.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781566630184
Publisher: Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
Publication date: 01/28/1993
Edition description: 1st Elephant Edition
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 279,369
Product dimensions: 5.39(w) x 7.64(h) x 0.96(d)

About the Author

Aldous Huxley (1894–1963), one of the most important English novelists of the twentieth century, is best known for A Brave New World and other novels and short stories, including Ape and Essence and Collected Short Stories, both published by Ivan R. Dee.

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After Many A Summer Dies The Swan 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having finally read all of Huxley's satires, I can say without hesitation that this is my favorite. It presents an incredibly biting critique of human nature, while retaining a cheerfully irreverent tone - and it's one of the most brilliantly witty works I've ever read. That being said, one probably would not enjoy this novel if one does not enjoy satire. If you are looking for a novel of ideas by Huxley, I would recommend Island or Time Must Have a Stop. While the latter of the two aforementioned novels is also satirical, it has more prominent metaphysical and religious themes than his other satires.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read several of Huxley's novels, unfortunately I was disapointed with this one. This novel isn't even in the same league as 'Brave New World' or 'Island'.
figre on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This starts out as a very interesting study of the strange types of people who populated (actually still populate) Los Angeles. There are the rich and the beautiful and the power-hungry and the naïve and the dust-bowlers and the philosophers. This is the story of a rich man trying to extend his life forever with the help of a doctor who should not be trusted. The millionaire has a young girlfriend that is the center of attention to a number of other gentlemen. And there is much lying and two-facedness and other things that are to be expected of a tale that takes a look at the black-hearted soul of LA.But the promising start quickly trails off into speeches and pontifications that, while obviously making the points Huxley wants made, do so in such a pedantic and verbose way that ¿ well, I just don¿t care. Of course, this is Huxley¿s style, and the style he was going for. But I much prefer being shown without as much telling.
P_S_Patrick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Standard fare for Huxley here, make fun of various types of people, put in a selection of philosophical musings, and make sure there is some sort of human interest - a love triangle or an affair or something tragic, not forgetting the usual good measures of irony and snobbery. This time it's the Americans he has us sniggering at, and he does it rather well, despite this book being written nearly 70 years ago, they have the same brash and uncultured stereotype today, (sorry to any Americans reading this, I'm sure you're not all like that). The plot was somewhat predictable, and the ending ridiculous and not as amusing as the opening. Throughout the story there is a plot running about aging and time, and I'm sure he borrowed some of his ideas from the work his brother did with with the Axolotl, (a pedomorphic salamander). I didn't quite enjoy this as much as Eyeless in Gaza, or Antic Hay, but it was no effort at all to get through it and it was enjoyable enough.
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I really tried to give this book a chance but after more than 100 pages I gave up.