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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Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. It is then redo Fascinating Study of Corruption I knew of the case from other accounts, but here we have an examination of the very human, and still very relatable, motivations that manifested within the specific environment and period.

Felt it lost its way in discussions of spirituality, but characterisation and psychology were sound. Urbain Grandier Loudun possessions.

Quotes from The Devils of Loudun. Maybe the edition I read is difficult to find in America. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The novel needs a character to relate to. But crowd-delirium aroused by government agents, crowd-delirium in the name of orthodoxy is an entirely different matter.

It’s interesting, because at times he makes ironic or even sarcastic comments, and that’s normally the refuge of a weaker writer, a writer who sneers at the world, dismisses the very idea of demon possession or even plain old spirituality as quaint fantasy.

He says “possession is more often secular than supernatural.

There was plenty of reason to believe that Grandier was a less than virtuous fellow e. At any rate, I’m not doing the book justice.

Pages to import images to Wikidata Articles with Project Gutenberg links. The story was adapted into a stage play inwhich was then adapted into the controversial Ken Russell film The Devilswhich starred Vanessa Redgrave and Oliver Reed. It is the finite divorced from the Eternal. The Devils of Loudun by Aldous Huxley. And it’s all framed by this fascinating story about this priest and this convent and the political and personal intrigues that came together surrounding them.


In case you’re thinking this is all sort of flaky, I should mention that he also devotes considerable attention to psychology and psychiatry, as well.

In the personages of other times and alien cultures we recognize our all too human selves and yet are aware, as we do so, that the frame of reference within which we do our living has changed, since their day, out of all recognition, that propositions which seemed axiomatic then are now untenable and that what we regard as the most self-evident postulates could not, at an earlier period, find entrance into even the most boldly speculative mind. The writing style can come across as pretentious, needlessly complicated, and slow-moving at times.

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defils He defined what that theology understood as the nature of soul. We see that in the way they’ve treated their own clergy and brother and sisterhood. One day I’ll have to find the movie based on this book by Ken Russell.

It’s not as though he buys the idea of a spritual world without first exploring the possibility that some spiritual experiences alvous actually manifestations of mental disorders. By the end of his life, Huxley was widely acknowledged as one of the pre-eminent intellectuals of his time.

Want to Read saving…. Once found guilty he was forced to admit his guilt within the final minutes of his life. Huxley is good at inventing interesting concepts but they are interesting in spite of, not because of his writing. 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.


That there was this flash of intelligent thinking about the world in this book, and that somehow it’s been neglected, that the conversation went in some other direction, and we’ve been in darkness ever since. In all cases where it can be made to serve the interests of the men controlling church and state, downward self-transcendence by means of herd-intoxication is treated as legitimate, and even highly desirable.

I cannot recommend it more highly.

Grandier was probably sexually promiscuous and too insolent to his peers. They just weaken the strength of his narrative in my opinion.

Probably I haven’t read enough. Equally disturbin The Devils of Loudun is a fascinating historical account, written like a fiction, detailing a scandalous affair in s France. What made this group of nuns behave in such an un-nun-like fashion? Let me say first that in spite of the tag-line it actually has almost nothing to do with devils, or “demon possession” as such. Writings on Psychedelics and the Visionary Experience This was a good move.

To read Huxley’s non-fiction gives an even better insight into his talent as an author, and the quality of his writing as passages in this text are as delightful to read as poetry.