The Devils Of Loudun . Huxley’s vivid account of this bizarre tale of religious and sexual obsession transforms our understanding of the medieval world. The Devils of Loudun: Aldous Huxley: most important later works are The Devils of Loudun (), a detailed psychological study of a historical incident in . A remarkable true story of religious and sexual obsession, The Devils of Loudon is considered by many to be Brave New World author Aldous.

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I confess, sometimes I skipped whole pages that I didn’t understand. It is the finite divorced from the Eternal. And I didn’t like this book at all. He also devotes considerable attention to matters of law, doctrine, et cetera.

When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity. Something pricked me during the spring. Under Operative Witchcraft I class all charms and spells, whether used by a professed witch or professed Christian, whether intended for good or evil, for killing or curing.

Certainly not the easiest of books to read, but beautifully written and an astonishing story so well worth persevering with. Huxley opens a vibrant speculative world that, in this book, provides an extended postscript with more of a feeling of reality than the sensationalistic, impossibly literal ‘main’ story of Grandier.

Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. The author’s philosophical pondering are all well and good.

Despite the subject matter being interesting Huxley manages to suck all the excitement out of it like the Hungry Caterpillar munching its way rapidly through a pile of cotton wool. He didn’t see what was coming until it was upon him.

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It is a system of verbal categories taking the place of the fathomlessly beautiful and mysterious particulars which constitute reality. At the present time the destinies of the world are in the hands of self made demoniacs – of men who are possessed by and who manifest the evil they have chosen to see in others.


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.

I do not know if Arthur Miller read this when working on his play The Cruciblebut I have my suspicions. Jan 01, Jeffrey Taylor rated it it was amazing. In the personages of other times and alien cultures we recognize our all edvils human selves and yet are aware, as we do so, that the frame of reference within which we do our living has ddvils, 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.

This book pushes the boundaries of how much tedium I can endure in fiction. Maybe it was an “underground classic. One of Huxuley’s message is that in exorcising imaginary demons you can summon real ones, not only that but the persecution of witches, or whatever the current undesirable type of person is, propagandises their power, and creates more of them.

The Devils of Loudun

In case you’re thinking this is all sort of dark, I should mention that he spends a lot of time emphasizing the positive what he calls Original Virtue, rather than Original Sin. We get to know one hucley them very well.

Equally disturbin The Devils of Loudun is juxley fascinating historical account, written like a fiction, detailing a scandalous affair in s France. Mar 06, Rory Tregaskis rated it really liked it. Le Guin, Volume One: Looking for beautiful books? The Devils of Loudun is a fascinating historical account, written like a fiction, detailing a scandalous affair in s France. This idolatrous transformation of the relative into the Absolute and the all to human into the Divine, makes it possible for pf to indulge their ugliest passions with a clear conscience and in the certainty that they are working for the Highest Good.

He simply took advantage of something that came along, and then exploited it to demonstrate his own power. Is it an exercize in revenge as Grandier’s persecutors go mad one by one? Also be warned that there oc stretches in untranslated French including the “dirty parts”. People who bought this also bought Grandier maintained his innocence to the end and four years after his d In Urbain Grandier, a handsome and dissolute priest lodun the parish of Loudun was tried, tortured and burnt at the stake.


It’s a master work of self control and restraint. Huxley’s insight into the theology of Christianity is whole in its entirety. I got a good deal out of the third reading, but I was primed to do so.

I wonder what huxlry of an impression it will make, if any. Mar 08, Steve Cooper rated it it was amazing.

The Devils of Loudun – Wikipedia

In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. The Devils of Loudun is a non-fiction novel by Aldous Huxley.

Deevils is a very clever book, sometimes too clever. Today the aching void of boredom is filled and perpetually renewed by movies, and radio, television, and the comic strips. Soon I was ordering a copy from Alibris, and when the book arrived, I thought I had better read the whole devisl.

Without this, I would have given the book 5 stars, but I’m not saying his digressions are without merit. The ways in which The Devils of Loudun have and haven’t changed strike me as providing a useful measure of what’s valuable about the book, and what’s not. But he made himself a hostage to fortune when, at a religious loduun in.

Politics, religion, spirituality, psychology, philosophy, history, society, art, justice, responsibility, sexuality, nature: Obscurely, we know who we really are. He says “possession is more often secular than supernatural.