Title: Antic Hay
Author: Aldous Huxley
Page Count/Review Word Count: 256
I’m a pretty big Huxley fan from the books of his that I’ve read before, and so I was expecting to enjoy this one to a certain extent before I went into it. What interested me about this one though is that the plot of the book comes second to the dialogue and the beliefs of the characters themselves.
The good news is that Huxley does a cracking job of that, and while this is one of his earlier and more lesser-known works, there are definite signs of genius here and a lot for people to like. Even if I can’t really tell you what it’s about.
But that’s because it doesn’t matter. Huxley is a cracking ideas man, and while he refined his formula later on in his career to do a better job of adding plot to sit alongside the ideas, it doesn’t really matter that it’s kind of lacking here. This isn’t trying to be Brave New World, and it’s not even trying to be The Doors of Perception. It’s entirely its own.
There’s actually something about this book that reminds me of John Steinbeck, because it does a similar thing to a lot of Steinbeck’s work where it really holds a mirror up to society by taking normal, everyday characters and situations and seeing what they look like through the lens of fiction. I enjoyed reading this one a lot, good stuff.