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This Timeless Moment: A Personal View of Aldous Huxley

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Long before "turn on, tune in, drop out" became the credo of the American counterculture, Aldous Huxley was using mescaline and LSD in controlled, carefully documented experiments. Accounts of those psychedelic experiences, along with his interest in Eastern mystical religions, accompany the moving story of Aldous Huxley's later years with his wife, Laura. Huxley's ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 25th 2000 by Celestial Arts (first published 1968)
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E.p.
Mar 05, 2014 rated it liked it
As a huge Huxley fan, I had been looking forward to reading this book for some time. Based on Island and other of Aldous's works, I really hoped to read about lifestyle, relationships, dating, daily life, habits that he believed in, that type of mundane thing that makes up the majority of someone's life. Instead, this book was very much about Aldous's influence on Laura's life and about Laura's lifestyle. In defense of the book, she did try to clear the air about some common misconceptions about ...more
Chet Taranowski
Jan 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is both a rather dull record of daily life with Aldous and at other times a profound reflection on his philosophy and writing. The sections on his experiences with LSD here are almost better than Huxley's own book on the topic The Doors of Perception.
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Sep 09, 2015 rated it liked it
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If you are a fan of Aldous Huxley or simply enjoy an insightful biography then you will enjoy this book. The author sets the record straight (from her perspective) regarding the final years of Mr Huxley's life though most today will not appreciate the controversy that surrounded his death and his later life fascination with psychedelic drugs and Eastern philosophy.

There were segments that I lost interest in - hence the 3 stars - but I carried on and was rewarded with the last quarter. Was a bit
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Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Five stars, but only if you want a window on Aldous Huxley's last ten years. It's a very intimate tribute with plenty of personal letters and transcribed recordings, no doubt to forestall accusations of biased interpretation by an adoring wife, who, in fact, had a significant life of her own. This book will be most appealing to those who are already Huxley fans and/or interested in his personal life.
JJ W
Mar 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
I learned a little about the art of seeing, a lot about loving, and some great insights into the personal life of one of my favorite figures.
Traci
Apr 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This beautiful book made me cry big fat tears. I'm going to adopt Aldous's belief of a general "all-righness" in the world.
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Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved it
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Dec 12, 2008 marked it as to-read
Amazon 2008-12-12. I've meant to read this for about two years now, but was finally motivated to by this article from arts&letters daily.
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Laura Archera was a musician, documentary filmmaker, and psychological counselor. following her marriage to Aldous Huxley in 1956, a year after the death of his first wife, she published as Laura Archera Huxley.