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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The Devils of Loudun

View all 5 comments. Okay, I read the story of Loudun demonic possessions in so many renderings. Views Read Edit View history. This book requires much of the reader and makes no concession to popularity. 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. Although not a work of fiction, his narrative style helps the reader feel that they are witnessing the events and, my god this is not a happy experience.

The historical accuracy and clear, adroit prose make it a pleasure to read. But the novel doesn’t need it. However; if you focus only on the story of Grandier’s martyrdom, presented in perhaps too realistic shades of grey, you I found a Vintage Classics paperback version of this book in the Warsaw airport a while back, and reading it caused me to immediately buy several more of Huxley’s books.

Equally disturbin The Devils of Loudun is a fascinating historical account, written like a fiction, detailing a scandalous affair in s France.


The Devils Of Loudun

I read the story of Loudun demonic possessions in so many renderings. I don’t understand how a scene where a guy is wrongly accused of witchcraft and burned alive at the stake can be made so undramatic and dull. This was a good move.

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. 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 the shortcomings of contemporary society.

It is a historical narrative of supposed demonic possessionreligious fanaticismsexual repressionand mass hysteria that occurred in 17th-century France surrounding unexplained events that took place in the small town of Loudun.

Huxley touches on aspects of the multiple personality controversy in cases of apparent demonic possession within this book.

Through painstaking torture, Urbain continues to refuse to admit. The context changes, but devi,s gist and the meaning are invariable. Especially interesting from the point of view of mental imprisonment. This book left me speechless; contemplating days after I had finished it.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: With Urbain burnt to a loudub on the stake, the cabal seems relatively happy. I mean, if you’re looking for something that deals with actual demon possession, or a piece of lurid fiction dealing wi This is probably one of the most interesting and important books I’ve ever read. One can not, therefore, rule out the possibility that a will or an intellect can exist on a non-physical level.


The abundance of data, however obscure, would be expected not criticised. Retrieved 29 March My constructive criticism to Huxley if he wasn’t dead would be to This book pushes the boundaries of how much tedium I can endure in fiction. It deals with actual events, that’s true.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Jul 27, Gordon Howard rated it really liked it. Certainly not the easiest of books to read, but beautifully written and an astonishing story so well worth persevering with.

The Devils of Loudun – Wikipedia

Grandier, an arrogant bon vivant, was at most guilty of being incredibly foolish by alienating the great and powerful Richelieu. You are commenting using your WordPress. Sometimes Huxley is so academic, that on occasion he lost me. The Devils of Loudun dfvils a fascinating historical account, written like a fiction, detailing a scandalous affair in s France.

Huxley painlessly conveys a wealth of information about mysticism and the unconscious” show more. You are commenting using your Facebook account. The self-transcendence is invariably downward into the less than human, the lower than personal. Huxley is brilliant of course. It is the finite divorced from the Eternal. I wouldn’t do what Huxley did and write several chapters of waffle afterwards.

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