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Eyeless in Gaza , novel of ideas by Aldous Huxley , published in This semiautobiographical novel criticizes the dearth of spiritual values in contemporary society. In nonchronological fashion the novel covers more than 30 years in the lives of a group of upper-middle-class English friends, especially Anthony Beavis and his longtime married lover, Helen.
His intense prep-school friendships continue at Oxford; most important are his relationships with Brian Foxe, who later commits suicide; with Hugh Ledwidge, who marries Helen; and with Mark Staithes, who becomes a Marxist and with whom Beavis goes to Mexico to fight in a revolution.
While in Mexico, Beavis adopts a Buddhist-centred philosophy, practices meditation, and becomes a pacifist. Eyeless in Gaza.
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Aldous Huxley, English novelist and critic gifted with an acute and far-ranging intelligence whose works are notable for their wit and pessimistic satire.
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Aldous Huxley, Short of Sight
The snapshot had become almost as dim as memories. This young woman who had stood in a garden at the turn of the century was like a ghost at a cockcrow. His mother, Anthony Beavis recognized. The thing that had made life worth living all these months was precisely the pain of his bereavement. Life's so ordinary that literature has to deal with the exceptional That's why the inhabitants of imaginative literature have always been recruited from the pages of Who's Who. Much more important than Parliamentary government, or steam engines, or Newton's Principia.
Eyeless in Gaza is a bestselling novel by Aldous Huxley , first published in The title originates from a phrase in John Milton 's Samson Agonistes :. The title of the book, like Milton's poem, recalls the biblical story of Samson , who was captured by the Philistines , his eyes burned out, and taken to Gaza , where he was forced to work grinding grain in a mill. The chapters of the book are not ordered chronologically. Huxley's biographer, Sybille Bedford , claims in her fictive memoir Jigsaw that the novel's characters Mary Amberley, a drug addict, and her daughter were partly inspired by her own experiences with her morphine -addicted mother and herself, known to Huxley because they were neighbours in the south of France.