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After Many a Summer Dies the Swan by Aldous Huxley
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Mar 11, 2010

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Satire from 1939 on a older wealthy California businessman obsessed with youth. He has a doctor on staff working on research to keep him alive forever. Also has a young mistress around, and a historian from England cataloging some famous old papers the wealthy man purchased just for fun. The book alternates between chapters where things happen and chapters where the characters get into deep philosophical discussions. The latter chapters can be a bit plodding, but the former chapters are quite funny. The philosophical chapters are obviously Huxley expounding on his views of the world. Kind of an odd book, but I had always heard about it and I am glad I read it.

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