The Devils Of Loudun . Aldous Huxley He had been found guilty of conspiring with the devil to seduce an entire convent of nuns in what was the most. HUXLEY’S MASTERPIECE AND PERHAPS THE MOST ENJOYABLE BOOK ABOUT SPIRITUALITY EVER WRITTEN..” — Washington Post Book WorldAldous. The Devils of Loudun: Aldous Huxley: most important later works are The Devils of Loudun (), a detailed psychological study of a historical incident in .
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Sometimes Huxley is ,oudun academic, that on occasion he lost me. The Devils of Loudun came out in the year before The Crucible debuted.
The Devils of Loudun
A priest is falsely accused of cursing a convent of nuns, causing them to be possessed by demons. There have been a number of cases of pretended possession, but generally these were individuals—e. At the center remains a fundamental identity.
However, Aldous examines the case for which Grandier was tried, not his general character. This is a book that should be read. Without this, I would have given the book 5 stars, but I’m not saying his digressions are without merit.
The Devils Of Loudun
He defined what that alldous understood as the nature of soul. Views Read Edit View history. Reading this produces vevils interesting sensation of having digested a number of closely related yet separate books, in the time it takes to read one book This explains the chapters about mistycism, and the Appendix.
Books by Aldous Huxley. In order to justify their behavior, they turn their theories into dogmas, their bylaws into First Principles, their political bosses into Gods, and all those who disagree with them into incarnate devils.
It’s lamentable for several reasons. I found a Vintage Classics paperback version of this book in the Warsaw airport a while back, and reading it caused me to immediately buy several more of Huxley’s books. But looking back and up, from our vantage point on the descending road of modern history, we now see that all the evils of religion can flourish without any belief in the supernatural, that convinced materialists are ready to worship their own jerry-built creations as though they were the Absolute, and that self-styled humanists will persecute their adversaries with all the zeal of Inquisitors exterminating the devotees of a personal and transcendent Satan.
With Urbain burnt to a crisp on the stake, the cabal seems relatively happy. And, if you’re NOT interested in demon possession, the tag-line will keep you from reading the book.
They are actually quite interesting. Huxley is brilliant of course.
The Devils Of Loudun : Aldous Huxley :
It deals with actual events, that’s true. The dramatic unfolding of the tragedy is at devips comic in that its dogmatic insistence is so transparent even at that time. Urbain Grandier Loudun possessions. Through his novels and essays Huxley functioned as an examiner and sometimes critic of social mores, norms and ideals. Open Preview See a Problem?
Oliver Sacks mentions this work in his new book Hallucinations for its depictions of groups experiencing mass delusions. Sister Jeanne des Anges and Joseph Surin both allowed themselves to be ‘possessed by devils’ for very different reasons.
However; if you focus only on the story of Grandier’s martyrdom, presented in perhaps too realistic shades of grey, you I found a Devi,s Classics paperback version of this book in the Warsaw airport a while back, and reading it caused me to immediately buy several more of Huxley’s books.
I love when this type of stuff has been researched and wants to show you where they found it. But it’s not what it sounds like.