Monday, January 2, 2006

Antic Hay by Aldous Huxley

The latest audiobook, and even though I still don’t know what Antic Hay means, I just may add this to my must read list. Huxley is such an interesting writer, capturing ideas and emotions on paper that I never even knew existed. My favorite character, by far, is Coleman, who is always on the lookout for the obscene and blasphemous, not because he is particularly vile himself, but because life is so stuffy and dull that only the obscene and blasphemous can get his attention. There’s one chapter (20, I think) in which Rosie is mistakenly led to thinking he is Gumbril, and they have an encounter that is truly memorable. Horrible, my dear. Simply horrible. I just tried to find the text online but was unsuccessful. Now I’ll have to read it again.

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Tried again. He's what I found on Wikipedia:

The title is from the play Edward II by Christopher Marlowe c1593. Act One, Scene One, "My men, like satyrs grazing on the lawn, shall with their goat feet dance an antic hay" which is quoted on the frontispiece. "Antic hay", here, refers to a playful dance.

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