Winter 1945 • Vol. VII No. 1 Book ReviewsJanuary 1, 1945 |

The Everlasting Mr. Huxley

Time Must Have A Stop by Aldous Huxley. Harper & Brothers. $2.75 Like Eyeless in Gaza Huxley's new novel is a parable of his own spiritual development. The characters personify various moral alternatives and are intended to illustrate the impossibility of any purely secular form of virtue or salvation. The main character, Sebastian Barnack, blessed at the age of 17 with an angelic face, poetic talent, a pornographic imagination and a nascent Huxleyan sense of the unutterable grossness of the human body, undergoes, during a week's visit to his uncle's Florentine villa, a most intensive, accelerated kind of education. In the first place he learns from Veronica Thwale, the young companion of his uncle's aged mother-in-law, that his adolescent sexual fantasies have no relation to the reality; and on another level he discovers that his uncle, a rich, kindly, unprincipled, unfortunately gluttonous aesthete who. dies of over-indulgence the night of Sebastian's arrival, is morally s

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