Grey Eminence . Aldous Huxley In his masterful biography, Huxley explores how an intensely religious man could lead such a life and how he could. Grey Eminence has ratings and 18 reviews. Erik said: Reading Aldous Huxley reminds one of how beautiful modern English prose can be. His biography of. GREY EMINENCE. By Aldous Huxley. Chatto and Windus. I5S•. ” The nature of Fr Joseph’s life is such that the record of it can hardly fail to raise, in an enquiring.
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There was a problem adding your email address. An interesting narrative with intriguing events, I recommend this book to just about anybody.
Grey Eminence by Aldous Huxley
But for some strange reason murder has always seemed more respectable than fornication. Through the pursuit of policy blasphemously contradictory to his vows as a Catholic Capuchin monk and ‘contemplative’ mystic, Father Joseph allowed for the slaughter, starvation and cannibali Nothing short of a masterpiece.
Review quote “Penetrating and vivid His life is a reminder that those with radiant places in history were not the only ones, or even the most important ones, who made huxly. I must say, good job with this 1 Huxley! Huxley saw religious devotion as something inherently harmless, and even sometimes genuinely beneficial, that could be turned to unbelievably destructive ends when men, having convinced themselves that they are instruments of God’s will, attempt to use the low and barbarous means of war and poli A truly remarkable book, which combines stimulating insights in the realms of theology and the psychology behind ithistory and politics with a genuinely engrossing biography of eminennce fascinating subject.
His actions led to the death of uncounted thousands, if not millions through the externalities of war. This was swiftly followed by ‘Antic Hay”Those Barren Leaves’ and ‘Point Counter Point’ – bright, brilliant satires in which Huxley wittily but ruthlessly passed judgement on hixley shortcomings of contemporary society.
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Jul 09, Loren rated it really liked it. For most of the s Huxley lived in Italy and an account of his experiences there can be found in ‘Along The Road’ Through the pursuit of policy blasphemously contradictory to his vows as a Catholic Capuchin monk and ‘contemplative’ mystic, Father Joseph allowed for the slaughter, starvation and cannibalism of millions of Europeans–most of them German.
The great novels of ideas, including his most famous vrey ‘Brave New World’ published in this warned against the dehumanising aspects of scientific and material ‘progress’ and the pacifist novel ‘Eyeless in Gaza’ were accompanied by a series of wise and brilliant essays, collected in aldoys form under titles such as ‘Music at Night’ and ‘Ends and Means’ A fascinating story of Cardinal Richelieu’s right hand.
It is gret an interesting account except for its long passages about mysticism.
The realities of the 17th century Europe on the background are both fascinating and terrifying. My top Huxley choice.
A mystic who longed for isolation, he preserved the political and cultural unity of France at a time when it was under almost constant siege, at terrible cost.
Huxley saw religious devotion as something inherently harmless, and huuxley sometimes genuinely beneficial, that could be turned to unbelievably destructive ends when men, having convinced themselves that they are instruments of God’s will, attempt to use the low and barbarous means of war and political intrigue to usher in a reign of higher spiritual or metaphysical ideals in the mundane world.
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When called to Richelieu’s side, his religion was superseded by political machinations. As such, he ran an international spy organization, negotiated treaties and fomented wars against other Catholic states, often in alliance with Protestant heretics.
Adi Ross rated it it was amazing May 16, Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. Beautifully written, as one would expect coming from Aldous.
The great novels of ideas, including his most famous work ‘Brave New World’ published in this warned against the dehumanising aspects of scientific and material ‘progress’ and the pacifist novel ‘Eyeless in Gaza’ were accompanied by a series of wise and brilliant essays, collected in volume form under titles such as ‘Music at Night’ and ‘Ends and Means’ Grey Eminence by Aldous Huxley. As the Eminsnce braced itself for war, Huxley came increasingly to believe that the key to solving the world’s problems lay in changing the individual through mystical enlightenment.
Huxley tells the story of the enigmatic Father Joseph who, along with his co-instigator Cardinal Richelieu, put all their effort into continuing the horrific 30 years war which contributed immensely to Europe’s see-saw power struggles and eventually gave rise to Nazi Germany.
Eminenve spent the latter part of his life in the United States, living in Los Angeles from until his death in Please provide an email address. As Huxley notes, if trey had not been emnence few steps away, Father Joseph may have been remembered as a notable, perhaps even legendary Christian thinker.
Allan rated it really aldkus it Oct 27, He began writing poetry and short stories in his early twenties, but it was his first novel, ‘Crome Yellow’which established his literary reputation. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The language Huxley uses is absolutely beautiful.
Review Text “A remarkable biography” aldois more. Be the first to discover new talent! Feb 20, Denis rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Huxley was a humanist but was also interested towards the end of his life in spiritual subjects such as parapsychology and philosophical mysticism.
Apr 28, Ainsley rated it it was amazing. Trivia About Grey Eminence. Francois Leclerc du Tremblay, known in religion as This book doubles as a biography on Francois Leclerc du Tremblay, right hand of Cardinal Richelieu as well as a primer on mysticism.