Grey Eminence . Aldous Huxley In his masterful biography, Huxley explores how an intensely religious man could lead such a life and how he could. Grey Eminence has ratings and 18 reviews. Erik said: Reading Aldous Huxley reminds one of how beautiful modern English prose can be. His biography of. GREY EMINENCE. By Aldous Huxley. Chatto and Windus. I5S•. ” The nature of Fr Joseph’s life is such that the record of it can hardly fail to raise, in an enquiring.

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His actions led to the death of uncounted thousands, if not millions through the externalities of war. Reading Aldous Huxley reminds one of how beautiful modern English prose can be. The earliest literary reference to “holy indifference” occurs in the Bhagavad-Gitawhere Krishna assures Arjuna that it is right for him to slaughter his enemies, provided that he does so in a spirit of non-attachment.

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I was able to process the info better because there was no screen burning my eyes out and I was able to reflect on the information presented in front of me better. As the West braced itself for war, Huxley came increasingly to believe that the key to solving the world’s problems lay in changing the individual through mystical enlightenment.

Inat the height of his fame, Huxley left Europe to live in California, working for alduos time as a screenwriter in Hollywood. An huxlye into the nature of Christianity, emotional, intellectual, political, with its paradoxes, as well as a study of the man himself. He began writing poetry and short stories in his early twenties, but it was his first novel, ‘Crome Yellow’which established his literary reputation. Well it’s Huxley, erudite and philosophical and you feel like a more intelligent aldoux being for the experience.


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Account Options Sign in. In his masterful biography, Huxley explores how an intensely religious man could lead such a life and how he could reconcile the seemingly opposing moral systems of religion and politics.

A large portion of this book revolved around the 30 Years War and how the ‘Capushin’ or Father Joseph went about it. There’s a great section on mysticism.

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Return to Book Page. Huxley tells the story of the enigmatic Father Joseph who, along with his co-instigator Cardinal Richelieu, put all their effort into continuing e,inence horrific 30 years war which contributed immensely to Europe’s see-saw power struggles and eventually gave rise to Nazi Germany. I have read this book online. Through the pursuit of policy blasphemously contradictory to his vows as a Catholic Capuchin monk and ‘contemplative’ mystic, Father Joseph hucley for the slaughter, starvation and cannibalism of millions of Europeans–most of them German.

With its cold brilliance of reason and argument and learning, its emotional sterility. With none of the irony, the sharp wit of Huxley’s other works, this is a profound, exhaustive, erudite study of the conflict between the rgey and the active life. Steven rated it liked it Dec 26, Huxley gives all the background needed.

His beliefs found expression in both fiction ‘Time Must Have a Stop’, and ‘Island’, and non-fiction ‘The Perennial Philosophy’,’Grey Eminence’, and the famous account of his first mescalin experience, ‘The Doors of Perception’, Huxlye was a humanist but was also interested towards the end of his life in spiritual subjects such as parapsychology and philosophical mysticism. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.


Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. It’s been at least ten years since I read this book, but I still think about it all the time. Huxley saw religious devotion as something inherently harmless, and even sometimes genuinely beneficial, that aldou be turned to unbelievably destructive ends when men, having convinced themselves that they are instruments of God’s will, attempt to use the low and barbarous means of war and political intrigue to usher in a reign of higher spiritual or apdous ideals in the mundane world.

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This book can be a drag to read but it was the perfect amount of pages. As such, he ran gry international spy organization, negotiated treaties and fomented wars against other Catholic states, often in alliance with Protestant heretics.

I must say, good job with this 1 Huxley!

Quotes from Grey Grye. Thanks for telling us about the problem. This biography will rank amongst Huxley’s best books. Daniel Dunnivan rated it really liked it Dec 27, But for aodous strange reason murder has always seemed more respectable than fornication. Published inthis study was especially meaningful at a time when Hitler, attempting to impose his own metaphysical vision on the world, prepared to launch the largest invasion in history against the Soviet Union, ushering in a theatre of war that surpassed even the horrific Thirty Years’ War in its infliction of human destruction and misery.

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