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Brief Candles (Collected Works)

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This collection of Huxley stories contains 'After the Fireworks' which is the length of a short novel and deals with the predicament of a well-known writer who finds himself approached as an oldish man, by an importunate female admirer who aspires at all costs to be his mistress. Three more stories - 'Chawdron', 'The Rest Cure' and 'The Claxtons' complete the volume.
Hardcover, 213 pages
Published January 1st 1970 by Chatto & Windus (first published 1930)
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Manny
Jun 21, 2009 Manny rated it really liked it
Four really good short stories. The one I think of most often is "Chawdron", one of the best examples I have ever seen of how to use an unreliable narrator.

The framing device is that a charming, witty, extremely cynical friend is telling the story after breakfast at a country house. With evident disgust, he describes how a wealthy industrialist, Chawdron, falls for a young woman, Maggie Spindell. Well, "falls" is maybe the wrong word. It's not clear that anything sexual happens. He becomes enam
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Saya Hashimoto
Mar 06, 2010 Saya Hashimoto rated it it was ok
I thought Aldous Huxley was meant to be, like, way out.
Persephone Abbott
Of the four short stories I most enjoyed "The Claxtons" and the wonderful "After the Fireworks."

In that tale our would-be heroine states:

"For the moment," she went on, writing very fast, as though she was trying to get away from the sad, disagreeable thoughts that had intruded upon her, "I thought I was going to faint when he touched me, like one's coming to after chloroform, which I have certainly never felt like with anyone else."

Delicious.

Perhaps not all of the writing is five star, here I
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Anna
Surprisingly stimulating; although there is very little plot involved, and the characters are shallow, the language is addictive, and moreish. Four short stories on romance, bringing up children, and relationships.
kunkku
Dec 11, 2008 kunkku rated it it was amazing
the mostdelightful book of short stories written in his inimmitable style...
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Aldous Leonard Huxley was an English writer and one of the most prominent members of the famous Huxley family. He spent the latter part of his life in the United States, living in Los Angeles from 1937 until his death in 1963. Best known for his novels and wide-ranging output of essays, he also published short stories, poetry, travel writing, and film stories and scripts. Through his novels and es ...more
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