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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Rather, it is an incredibly insightful meditation on the pious life, the ordeals of the devout, and the mysterious workings of God.

The story and characters are well-explained in other reviews here, and each stage of the story is bookended by Huxley’s very useful thoughts on the big-picture religious, political, and philosophical context. Through his novels and essays Huxley functioned as an examiner and sometimes critic of social mores, norms and ideals. Views Read Edit View history.

I also enjoyed how in the end he was able to bring us back to the original thesis in regard to how our decisions play a larger role in our endless search for transcendence other than what we choose to project lourun our cherry picked beliefs.

This book left me speechless; contemplating days after I had finished it.

A tasty combination of history, theology, and psychology, rolled up in a greasy tortilla of religious hysteria cevils garnished with Huxley’s twin trademarks of 1 haughty contempt loydun the stupidity and gullibility of the unwashed masses and 2 sexsexsex.

Huxley painlessly conveys a wealth of information about mysticism and the unconscious” show more. Unfortunately, it appears to be a mixture of both, which, in my mind, provided a very dismal view of religion and those practicing and preaching it.

Also good ole Huxley put a bibliography in the back! Is it an exercize in revenge as Grandier’s persecutors go mad one by one? View all 5 comments. He also devotes considerable attention to matters of law, doctrine, et cetera. Ultimately Huxley finds the key — what he believes is a common human experience that has existed throughout all times and places– a quest for “self-transcendence,” sometimes achieved through “herd intoxication” participation in a mob.


The exploration of the inner life through mysticism and hallucinogenic drugs was to dominate his work for the rest of his life. 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.

I confess, sometimes I skipped whole pages that I didn’t understand.

The Devils Of Loudun : Aldous Huxley :

It is an essay on a real story from the Seventeenth Century, and Huxley is not the only one who wrote about it. The Devils of Loudun. Men are possessed by their thoughts of a hated person, a hated class, race or nation. They are actually quite interesting. I mean, if you’re looking for something that deals with actual demon possession, or a piece of lurid fiction dealing with similar subject matter, this book probably isn’t what you’re looking for.

Mar 08, Steve Cooper rated it it was amazing. See 2 questions about The Devils of Loudun…. On yet another, it is a mystery, exploring the possible motives of the main players in the drama in the context of the hegemonizing Catholic nation-state and its executive head at the time, Cardinal Richelieu.

I see parallels in the behaviour of the Catholic church in authority institutions throughout history, the way they seek out enemies in order to legitimise their hold on power reminds me of Bitter Lake, the Adam Curtis film about how British army in Afghanistan imagined enemies and in doing so created and aggravated real ones.


Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Best known for his novels and wide-ranging output of essays, he also published short stories, poetry, travel writing, and film stories and scripts.

The Devils of Loudun

Becoming a man of hypocrisy his enemies multiply until a cabal is formed in his honor; with the sole mission of destroying Urbain. It is very clear and most passages are translated. With Urbain burnt to a crisp on the stake, the cabal seems relatively happy. Urbain Grandier Loudun possessions. I find the film kinda meh, except for the intelligent performance of Vanessa Redgrave as the Mother Superior. The book, though lesser known than Huxley’s other novels such as Brave New Worldis widely considered one of his best works.

I never thought one could tell this story in such a dry, dull, monotone way as Aldous Huxley did. Huxley uses this particular episode from history as an entry into a larger discussion about spiritual life. By the aldlus of his life, Huxley was widely acknowledged as one of the pre-eminent intellectuals of his time. It’s lamentable for several reasons.

The Devils of Loudun by Aldous Huxley

But you cannot oversimplify without distorting the facts. The Best Books of He faced an ecclesiastical tribunal and was acquitted. Sep 18, Jack rated it really liked it. In my opinion, it is Devi,s best film and one of Oliver Reed’s best roles. This book pushes the boundaries of how much tedium I can endure in fiction.

For example, there are frequent quotes and snippets of poetry in French—and a few in Latin—and many of these were not translated to English in the edition that I read.