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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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Yet, he manages to become a sympathetic character as he shows virtue of sticking to his guns in denial of being in league with Satan long after huzley truth of his vices has been admitted.

Addressing the catastrophic dangers huuxley by religious hysteria, this book is by no means an attack on the Christian faith. At one level it is the biography of Urbain Grandier, the Catholic priest so condemned.

BOOK REVIEW: The Devils of Loudun by Aldous Huxley | the !n(tro)verted yogi

Felt it lost its way in discussions of spirituality, but characterisation and psychology were sound. Ultimately Huxley finds the key — what he believes is lousun common human experience that has existed throughout all aaldous and places– a quest for “self-transcendence,” sometimes achieved through “herd intoxication” participation in a mob. The Devils of Loudun came out in the year before The Crucible debuted.

It is a notion labelled ‘God’. But however great, however important for thought and technology, for social organization and behavior, the differences between then and now are always peripheral.

Sep 18, Jack rated it really liked it. Had I wanted to read about Aldous Huxley and his endless musings, ideas and opinions on theology, spirituality, politics, etc.

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.

Paperbackpages. I was also reading the book as a general interest reader. Huxley’s account of the possession of 17 nuns in a ‘s French town and the torture and sadistic execution of the parson accused of bewitching them is very even handed. In his novel The Devils of Loudun, Aldous Huxley tells the story of the persecution, torture and death of Grandier in an almost light-hearted, jolly manner that hooks in the reader while at the same time making the true horror of Grandiers death unbearably real.


It’s drier than the Mojave Desert.

Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Lastly, people in the 17th century believed crazy things and did awful, cruel things to each other.

Any belief system that focusses less on being for good than against evil, becomes evil itself. The writing style can come across as pretentious, needlessly complicated, and slow-moving at times. Jan 01, Jeffrey Taylor rated it it was amazing. Perhaps my coping mechanisms have matured along with the rest of me, or it could be that I knew what to expect.

And authors need to remember, their readers aren’t always as clever as them, so doing things like inserting verses of French poetry and not bothering to translate it is a bit of a wanky thing to do. Definitely worth a read if you have an interest in this subject or how it pertains to psychology or sociology.

Probably I haven’t read enough. I overall loved this book. But I think the worst thing about it is that sales need to be boosted to begin with. In Urbain Grandier, a handsome and dissolute priest of the parish of Loudun was tried, tortured and burnt at the stake. Huxley made a deep survey into the theology o This book requires much of the reader and makes no concession to popularity.

The Devils Of Loudun

The title is ambiguous as ladous which devils it is referring, metaphysical devils, or the ordained criminals in the catholic church charged with exorcising them. Mar 06, Rory Tregaskis rated it really liked it. It is time apprehended as one damned thing after another.

The context changes, but the gist and the meaning are invariable. The Catholic church is evil.

The Devils of Loudun

Huxley was a humanist but was also interested poudun the end of his life in spiritual subjects such as parapsychology and philosophical mysticism. This is a book that should be read.


In order to justify their behavior, they turn their theories into dogmas, degils bylaws into First Principles, their political bosses into Gods, and all those who disagree with them into incarnate devils. It is multiplicity in isolation from its non-dual Ground. It is then redoubled after Grandiere is gone as Jeane tours Europe.

The Devils of Loudun by Aldous Huxley

The incident Initially onset by townhood pranksters, turned into political ammunition for taking down a Catholic priest who once considered himself the hierarchy of Loudun.

The Devils of Loudun is still an important book for out time. The sorcery charge was bunk, and most of the people involved understood this to be the case. If it’s possible that the human mind can tap into another mind, then those minds must share something on some non-physical level. 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 lpudun small town of Loudun.

He defined what that theology understood as the nature of soul. I found a Vintage Classics fo 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. In telling the grotesque, bawdy and true story of a 17th-century convent of cloistered French nuns who contrived to have a priest they never met burned alive 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.

Retrieved from ” https: In essence, when juxtaposed to his inquisitors, he becomes the lesser of two evils.

And, if you’re NOT interested in demon possession, the tag-line will keep you from reading the book.