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Time Must Have a Stop

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  803 Ratings  ·  53 Reviews
Sebastian Barnack, a handsome English schoolboy, goes to Italy for
the summer, and there his real education begins. His teachers are two
quite different men: Bruno Rontini, the saintly bookseller, who teaches
him about things spiritual; and Uncle Eustace, who introduces him to
life's profane pleasures.

The novel that Aldous Huxley himself thought was his most successful at "fus
Paperback, 280 pages
Published July 17th 1998 by Dalkey Archive Press (first published January 1st 1944)
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Jun 14, 2016 Paul rated it it was amazing
This is a difficult one to review. One of Huxley’s lesser known works; before Doors of Perception and after Brave New World and written as the Second World War finished. Difficult because it covers so much ground. It is a philosophical treatise, a critique of capitalism, fascism, socialism, especially of imperialism. It has a go at post-modernism and at Joyce, Woolf et al. It is a critique of religion in its traditional form; an exploration of Huxley’s attraction to Buddhism. It predates much ...more
Jul 01, 2016 Yani rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-challenge
2016 Reading Challenge #25 Un libro que se desarrolle en el verano

Creo que fue una mala idea haber empezado a conocer a Huxley con este libro y no con Un mundo feliz. No porque haya destrozado alguna imagen previa que tenía del autor o porque me haya parecido horroroso, sino porque es evidente que las cuatrocientas páginas que recorrí sin mucho convencimiento tienen un objetivo que colisiona con el mío: yo sólo quería leer una novela de aprendizaje ambientada en Italia, pre Segunda Guerra M
Apr 20, 2009 daniel rated it it was amazing
'of course, you realize,' he added, 'that you'll always be disappointed?'
'with what?'
'with girls, with parties, with experience in general. nobody who has any kind of creative imagination can possibly be anything but disappointed with real life. when i was young i used to be miserable because i hadn't any talents - nothing but a little taste and cleverness. but now i'm not sure one isn't happier that way. people like you aren't really commensurable with the world they live in. whereas people lik
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Jan 28, 2011 Sasha Mizaree (Reviews) rated it it was amazing
Sebastian right away reminded me of myself. This is a book of ideas, of philosophy, which is something you should know about Huxley if you are ever to read his books. That is what he does, and if you go into it with those expectations, you will be left with something to think about. Which isn't something I can say about most books, as I have a very overactive mind which races at 1000 miles a second. However Huxley is never one to dissapoint.
This is a book you can quote 100 times over. It's verbo
Francisca Pageo
Jan 22, 2016 Francisca Pageo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Y es entonces cuando el tiempo vuelve a detenerse, imagen trillada donde las haya pues el tiempo o no se detiene nunca o está detenido desde siempre. (Amuleto, Roberto Bolaño)

El tiempo debe detenerse es el último libro que publica Navona de Aldous Huxley, y narra la historia de Sebastian Barnack, un muchacho que se traslada a Florencia a pasar el verano con su tío Eustache. A raíz de ese viaje, vivirá grandes aventuras, tanto de disfrute personal como intelectual. En estas aventuras, Sebastian c
Aug 26, 2015 Tony rated it really liked it
TIME MUST HAVE A STOP. (1944). Aldous Huxley. ****.
I usually have troubles with Huxley’s books. The point of them all typically passes me by. The one I had the leastg trouble with was “Brave New World.” This was likely because the author had a story to tell, and, incidentally had lots of points to make about philosophy, religion, society, etc., but as an aside and as an adjunct to the story. In this novel, Huxley also tells a story that serves as a basis for the foundation of a philosophy of lif
Feb 03, 2008 Jacob rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Seriously one of the best books I've read in the last few years. It's a deceptive read in that the storyline is a facade for Huxley's philosophical messages. If you can get past the fact that it really isn't about a young man trying to procure formal evening wear, but instead a dialogue of morals, it becomes much easier to read and very enjoyable. Definitely worth finishing, and definitely worth reading again.
Der Kosmonaut
May 08, 2013 Der Kosmonaut rated it it was amazing
Huxley was the greatest Modernist literary philosopher. Time Must Have a Stop is breathtaking not only for the brilliance of Huxley's writing but for its exposition of the contradictions of 20th century political philosophy.
Written during the closing year of World War 2 and published in 1945, 'Time Must Have A Stop' is brutal examination of the various philosophies of Humanism, Liberalism, Socialism and Communism. Huxley was a decade ahead of the Existential philosophers who were still left bewi
Momina Masood
And suddenly he knew these recovered figments of himself for what they so shamefully were; knew them for mere clots and disintegrations, for mere absences of light, mere untransparent privations, nothingness that had to be annihilated, had to be held up into incandescence, considered and understood and then repudiated, annihilated to make place for the beauty, the knowledge, the bliss.

I wasn’t at all prepared for Huxley and had no inkling what this book was going to be about. In my college libra
Jake Danishevsky
Mar 15, 2016 Jake Danishevsky rated it it was amazing
A coming of age book by Aldous Huxley. The most interesting part is transformation of Sebastian Barnack. I can completely relate to his character and I am sure, so as many who are able to reflect on their past, present and maybe even the future. I have the same values as I had when I was in my teens, twenties, thirties, but I have different beliefs and understanding of my surroundings and even those same values. That is how I saw Sebastian as I read this book.

Not to spoil the book for anyone wh
Jun 10, 2012 Gee rated it liked it
Having once tried to commence Brave New World, which I found difficult to get into, I approached another Huxley novel with a little trepidation. But I found myself enjoying Time Must Have a Stop. It's setting, period and characters reminded me a little of Somerset Maugham which gave me some comfort and familiarity. But overall this was an engaging story of religious or spiritual belief, an impression of the afterlife and the nature of the system of life that was society between the wars (Time ...more
Eric Scott
This book is quite powerful; culminating, throughout all of Sebastian's learnings and goings-on, in the true essence of the results of actions. Through Bruno's teachings on the ancestors and descendants of an action, good or bad, and through the actual results of Sebastian's choices, what was seemingly trivial proved that nothing is truly trivial. Sebastian moved on from a "simple poet", albeit extremely gifted, to a true philosopher of his time, giving each action a thorough discourse of its ...more
Clinton Smith
Dec 12, 2013 Clinton Smith rated it really liked it
Huxley is now best known for his 'Brave New World' dystopia. And that is well. His other books are amusing, erudite fiction. Huxley, however had an abiding interest in arcane philosophies and 'Time Must Have a Stop' is one of his most interesting books. It is an attempt - imbued with Huxley's inevitable wit - to explore beyond death. An attempt that demonstrates insight and considerable philosophical inquiry. Highly recommended.
Oct 01, 2015 Nimbex rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Guardo muy buen recuerdo de Un mundo feliz así que cuando vi este libro lo compré sin dudarlo, además me gustó el argumento, pero lo cierto es que me ha decepcionado bastante. No sé si es que he estado poco receptiva estas últimas semanas o es que hay bastantes párrafos farragosos pero me ha costado horrores terminarlo.
May 04, 2009 Beth rated it it was ok
I really tried to like this book. While I did think many parts/quotes were clever, I found the oveall book to be too verbose.
Juan Carlos
Nov 11, 2016 Juan Carlos rated it really liked it
Aunque Huxley pensara que esta era su mejor novela— y es una excelente novela de ideas— mi preferida sigue siendo Point Counter Point.
Sep 02, 2015 Ant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This novel was written just prior to the publication of the Perennial philosophy, his essay on the mystical. Reading this leaves no doubt that the direction his writing was taking was very personal & closely following his own spiritual evolution. In fact, 'Time Must Have a Stop' could almost have been written as a prelude to where he was to take his audience with his future essays. While his last major novel, 'Eyeless In Gaza', if we are to jump frog 'After a many Summer', left the protagoni
Joel Julian

My sister purchased this on a whim, wrapped it up and dropped it onto my lap on Christmas day - otherwise I probably would never have read it. It is my first experience of Huxley, though Brave New World has been on my to-read shelf for quite some time.

Time Must Have A Stop (or, This Book Must Have A Stop, as I came to regard it for the first 130 pages) is a rather obscure work of Huxley's, though he considered it to be his magnum opus - It is interesting how a writers opinion in regards to th
Aug 06, 2015 David rated it really liked it
I must admit that I almost didn't give this one a fair chance all for a couple things which bothered me to no end. The protagonist made me grind a few layers of enamel off the tops of my molars. Exactly the type of character that gets me steaming. Dismissive, fancies himself a poet, calculating, and when he gets into a jam he can't think of anything else to do but to flash one of his "angelic, irresistible" smiles fully expecting its recipient to melt like wax. Yea, try that on me and see what ...more
Aug 17, 2009 Dorothy rated it really liked it
"But her most precious gift was that she never made you feel shy. In that respect she was like Uncle Eustace; and in both of them, it seemed to Sebastian, the secret consisted in a certain absence of pretentiousness, a refraining from standing on rights or privileges or dignity. Whereas that fiendish old Queen Mother didn't merely stand on her own dignity; she went out and deliberately trampled on yours. And more subtly, for all her desirableness, Mrs. Thwale did the same thing. It was as though ...more
J. Walker
Sep 16, 2012 J. Walker rated it it was amazing
This is the one. For anyone who has ever pondered the mysteries of life and death, this is the book to read.
Young Sebastian Barnack is callow at book's opening scene, his latest obsession is a set of evening clothes, so he can spend evenings with his rich schoolmates. His minister father is opposed. His notorious and self-indulgent Uncle Eustace both approves and promises the young man his first suite of evening clothes, then promptly "pulls an Elvis", and dies in the bathroom after dinner.
Oct 14, 2011 Alpha rated it really liked it
"This book is very good and is best for those who are into theology, philosophy, and even anthropological history, and maybe art history since a lot personal philosophies are about past poets such as Dante, Milton, and even Chauncer.

There are two things about the book that is very famous of Aldous Huxley's delievery. First off, the characters, though good and entertaining are just devices to his philosophies and personal views. Second, the advanced literature and use of more complex vocabulary
Jul 06, 2014 Brett rated it liked it
Shelves: classy-fiction
At this juncture, I've read a lot of Huxley and these novels have begun to have diminishing returns. Like most of his writing that is not Brave New World, this novel is literate and prolix, full of ideas but not so full of humanity.

Characters are usually emblematic of a particular philosophy or ideology and are put through the paces intended to test their ideas. In this story we have a disciplined, socialist father and a epicurean uncle representing a couple of poles. It's a fast read and not w
Jan 04, 2016 Frank rated it liked it
I read only a hundred pages of this book over the course of a month. I finally placed it aside as I realized I was not making progress nor was I enjoying reading the book.

That’s not to say the book wasn’t interesting. I just didn’t find it as interesting as it needed to be to keep my attention. Aldous Huxley developed great characters but something about portrayal felt hollow.

I am interested in the book, and if I was locked in a room for a number of hours, I could think of worst books to be pl
Aug 12, 2010 Liza rated it really liked it
As mentioned by others, this is not for those who are looking for a story or a plot to dive into. This is philosophy through and through. I expected that when I started it, which is probably why I was so satisfied with it.

With that in mind, Huxley let's you into his mind in a way very very few have the bravery or depth to do. Yes, he is verbose and he can't seem to bring his lingual genius down to the layman's level-- but I love that about him as well. If you can get through it, if you really t
Linda J
Jul 24, 2016 Linda J rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Picked this book off the shelf and found it profoundly prophetic and apropos for today's world. Some of the looks ahead are almost frighteningly accurate. The book was published in 1944 and most of the story takes place in 1939. It's a coming-of-age story surrounding those big questions like man's place in the universe, religion, social structure, war, etc. Not much happens, but it's the timeliness that killed me! Showed me that a book need not be long to tell a big story and leave an indelible ...more
Budr Meqdadi
Jun 05, 2012 Budr Meqdadi rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Adept to master readers
So far I truly enjoy this book, I feel like the overall message that I have interpreted from the novel to this point (Page 129) is quite synergistic with many of the poems and even perceived purposes of characters within this work of literature. I am very happy with this read and would recommend it to most people who are able to understand satirical, intellectual (as I like to think) and humorous creations such as this one.
Rob Carr
Aug 02, 2014 Rob Carr rated it really liked it
I quite enjoyed this book. Tossed up between whether to give it four or five stars. It has a relatively simple plot line but is very well written with well developed characters. It was interesting the extent to which the book explored the irrationality of Sebastian's justifications for his actions. It is generally not something you think about in great detail - the contrast of a persons internal justifications with reality and it was done quite well. Would read again.
George Shetuni
Jun 04, 2014 George Shetuni rated it it was ok
It is as if the older Huxley gets, the less insightful and energetic he becomes. In this book, nothing much of value was said, and the sentences were jam-packed with information. There was not much flow to the writing style. And there was an improbability in the plot that that woman seduced Sebastian by just going into his room. And what was this all for? We learned virtually nothing, and were not entertained either. One of Huxley worst novels - worst of all, it is uninspired.
Nov 03, 2015 Stephanie rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
A rambling novel with few places to pause on reflect. There were long rhapsodic musings on philosophy and god, and yet I came away untouched, and slightly annoyed.

That being said, Huxley has a beautiful voice and the scenery alone is worth the trip.
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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 ...more
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“Facts are ventriloquist’s dummies. Sitting on a wise man’s knee they may be made to utter words of wisdom; elsewhere, they say nothing, or talk nonsense, or indulge in sheer diabolism.” 17 likes
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