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Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Other Essays

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Aldous Huxley, novelist, essayist, mystic, wrote with the force of a Swift and the bite of a Voltaire. These fascinating essays reveal the versatility of his extraordinary mind. They range from subjects such as the greeting-card image of Mother to ancient fertility rites; from the origin of the alphabet to the relation of language to philosophy; from li
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 1964 by Signet (first published January 1st 1956)
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Sunny
Apr 16, 2017 Sunny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fascinating little series of essays written in 1952. I love books that take my mind on little trips (no pun) and to different directions that I just would not have gone before. I picked up Huxley again as I’ve been reading Hitler’s Mein Kampf at the same time and some of the topics they talk about in the books cross over at times. Huxley wrote essays on topics such as knowledge and understanding, the desert, Ozymandias the failed utopia, liberty quality and machinery, censorship and spoke ...more
Richard
May 05, 2012 Richard rated it really liked it
I have nothing but respect for the depth of Huxley's thought, however if you only read one book of Huxley's non-fictional essays, I would still prefer Brave New World Revisited. That said, it is unlikely you are in a hypothetical situation that would require such a dilemma, so I recommend to read both. His explanation of his assertion that all humans are amphibians is back up thoroughly, and is a timeless essay. While some other essays may be somewhat dated, the threats he saw that have not come ...more
Adrienne Furness
"Don't pin your faith on a water supply which, for half the time, isn't there."

Excellent advice, Aldous.

I got this book so I could read "Ozymandias, the Utopia That Failed," about Llano del Rio, which turned out to be more entertaining than I anticipated. Aldous made me laugh out loud a few times, and Llano has such an interesting history. Aldous also references the commune at Oneida that Sarah Vowell wrote about in Assassination Vacation; he thought the folks in Oneida had things figured out
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Dixie
Feb 28, 2016 Dixie rated it liked it
Always intelligent and often challenging. Topics all over the place, from the destruction of nature to 16th century madrigal music. Not the easiest read and not a book I would read again, but a very interesting mind to get a glimpse into.
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Oct 29, 2016 MarkusQ rated it really liked it
Although I found myself strongly disagreeing with roughly half his theses (mostly due to the semi-mystical refrain) and enthusiastically agreeing with the other half, the writing was delightful throughout.
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it's tough to rate this book aside from saying that it should be read. and why'd he save his best piece of writing for the appendix?
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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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