- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Mercury House (February 1, 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0916515958
- ISBN-13: 978-0916515959
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,116,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This Timeless Moment: A Personal View of Aldous Huxley Paperback – February 1, 1991
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From Publishers Weekly
Huxley's second wife describes the period in his life from 1948 until his death in 1963, defending and evincing admiration for his experimentation with psychedelic drugs and his use of psychological principles to improve poor vision. According to PW , this is ``a very personal and sensitive portrait . . . serious and deeply emotional.''
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Our business is to wake up. We have to find ways in which to detect the whole of reality in the one illusory part which our self-centered consciousness permits us to see. - Aldous Huxley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Of course, this is his wife's doing; not his, and I am unearthing a lot of blank spots in his life and is well worth the read.
We learn the truth about his alleged "blindness", his view of psychedelics and how he handled death. Although through my readings it was apparent that Huxley was a brilliant man of letters, the biography brought to light the kindness of the man. He was, according to Ms. Huxley, willing to avail himself and his knowledge to anyone who sought it (except perhaps reporters from whom he understandably sought sanctuary).
Even though I am sure it was unintended, we also come away with some notions about Ms. Huxley. Her devotion to Aldous, open-mindedness, and self-effacing manners shine through.
I liked the book, but somehow felt the picture was incomplete. Certainly Huxley must have had an interior struggle between his religous beliefs and his intellect. Such a struggle is not discussed in this book. Perhaps Ms. Huxley was unaware of such a struggle or perhaps Aldous had somehow transcended it by the time he met Laura.