After Many a Summer (aka After Many a Summer Dies the Swan) Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1959
"An American Duchess" by Caroline Fyffe
A woman’s heart dares to defy the rules of Victorian society in USA Today bestselling author Caroline Fyffe’s novel of romance, royalty, and a little revenge. | Learn more
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This is an interesting book. It's got lots of deep philosophy about what good humans are capable of, and why they're repeat past mistakes. In fact, it seems as the story takes a back seat to the philosophy. If you want a very entertaining story look elsewhere as this book is as much Immanuel Kant as it is an entertaining novel. The story that weaves through the philosophy is nonetheless captivating however.
That said this has some of Huxley's deepest most poignant bits of philosophy. And the premise: the search for immortality at all costs is brilliantly discussed. The ending is quite hilarious as well. He also has some interesting ideas on gut health while not exactly correct are surprisingly knowledgeable for a man without formal scientific training.
Books by authors who are iconic for one massive success such as Brave New World, often have terrific material that's unfortunately overlooked, or just lost in time. Having recently found and enjoyed Erich Maria Remarque's less famous works, and this, I now look at the work of their American contemporaries like Hemingway and Fitzgerald with a jaundiced eye, and wonder....Is that all there is?
I am not going to write an analysis of the book. That is not my way. I will simply say that those that are fans of good, thought-provoking reading should find this book at their local library (Where I originally read this title) or pick one up on Amazon. My very favorite quote comes from this book, and by the end you will have been changed; and first and foremost that is what I believe a good book can and or should do.
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Its images from the thirties have inspired other great writers, Evelyn Waugh with The Loved One among them. Huxley's bitter-sweet philosophy reads as fresh today as when he wrote it during the Spanish Civil War. Don't fail to read this. One word of advice AVOID THE DUMMIED-UP VERSION by the FOLIO SOCIETY, London, 1980, which includes illustrations. This will always be a MODERN book and should be presented as such. Pete Edler, Stockholm