After Many a Summer Dies the Swan by Aldous Huxley

By Aldous Huxley

A Hollywood millionaire with a fear of demise, whose own general practitioner occurs to be engaged on a concept of longevity-these are the weather of Aldous Huxley's caustic and exciting satire on man's wish to dwell indefinitely. together with his primary wit and highbrow sophistication, Huxley pursues his characters of their quest for the everlasting, completing on a word of horror. "This is Mr. Huxley's Hollywood novel, and also you may perhaps count on it to be fabulous, extravagant, loopy and preposterous. it's all that, and heaven and hell too....It is the type of novel that he's really the grasp of, the place the main awesome and fortuitous occasions are by way of contemplative little essays at the which means of life....The tale is outrageously good."—New York Times. "A hugely sensational plot that would hold marvelous you to essentially the ultimate sentence."—The New Yorker. "Mr. Huxley's based mockery, his merciless aptness of word, the revelations and the creative surprises he springs at the reader are these of a grasp craftsman; Mr. Huxley is on the most sensible of his form." —London Times Literary Supplement.

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Nowadays, these include forthright declarations, by both patient and doctor, about the absence of disfigurement. In my experience, these mutual declarations fail to reconcile the objective experience: no gross alteration or disfigurement, but only some continued swelling and several long scars - with the subjective experience: continued swelling and several long scars. The emphasis is different, and this matters. One philosopher I have in mind would probably point out that I am grappling with issues best answered by Reductionism.

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