Jesting Pilate: The Diary of a Journey
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Jesting Pilate: The Diary of a Journey

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Huxley, English novelist, essayist, critic & poet, whose reputation & later work was deeply entwined with spiritualism & hallucinogenic drugs, recounts his experiences traveling through six countries (India, Burma, Malaya, Japan, China & America) & offers his observations on their people, cultures & customs.
Published July 11th 1985 by Paladin (first published 1926)
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A travel memoir, obviously. India takes up half the book, the other places the last half in rapid succession. No matter --- the charm of the book is Huxley's superbly balanced, thoughtful insights on everything from the caste system to Christian persecution in history, from how practical matters shape the seriousness of sin to Hollywood pabulum to cultural differences in music appreciation.

A truly learned and reasonable man, Huxley is at turns inspiring, funny, admiring and scathing. His descrip...more
Thomas Bernardin
Oeuvre digne de figurer dans une hypothétique bibliothèque idéale. Avec ce même esprit critique et caustique qu'habitait un certain Albert Londres, Aldous Huxley, à travers ce "tour du monde d'un sceptique" publié en 1926, nous rappelle aussi, par la finesse de son regard et son style précieux, un autre brillant grand voyageur, le Suisse Nicolas Bouvier et son célèbre "L'usage du monde" (d'ailleurs publié chez le même éditeur). Ces voyages en Inde, en Malaisie, en Indonésie et au Japon ne consti...more
While I agree with Michael Palin's assessment that it's a strange choice of title, it's otherwise quite a fun read. The Imperialism is a bit hard to stomach, but as long you understand the whole "product of your time" concept it's not too tough to come to grips with.

In 1926, Huxley visited Indian, Burma, Malaya, Japan, China, and America--all places I have been (though China just the airports) on this trip. Reading old travel writing is cool because while some things have entirely changed, more...more
Feb 25, 2009 John rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: travel
I'd never tackled anything by this author, before picking up this series of essays at a used bookstore. Frankly, I preferred Evelyn Waugh's Labels (also "noted novelist as travel writer"), but Huxley's observations made for an interesting read.
If you ignore the outdated and casual racism (it is of it's time) it's a rather interesting jaunt through the Southern Hemisphere
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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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