Let me say first that in spite of the tag-line it actually has almost nothing to do with devils, or "demon possession" as such. One is simply that it misrepresents the book. But I think the worst thing about it is that sales need to be boosted to begin with. This is a book that should be read. It also deals with an alleged case of demon possession: that is also true.
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Zulkim Dispatched from the UK in 1 business day When will my order arrive? The exploration of the inner life through mysticism and hallucinogenic drugs was to dominate his work for the rest of his life. He calls it self-transendence, and offers an in-depth discussion of some of the principles that are common to most religions. Insofar as they are incarnated minds, subject to physical decay and death, capable of pain and pleasure, driven by craving and abhorrence and oscillating between the desire for self-assertion and the desire for self-transcendence, human beings are faced, at every time and place, with the same problems, are confronted by the same temptations and are permitted by the Order of Things to make the same choice between unregeneracy and enlightenment.
It is a historical narrative of supposed demonic possessionreligious lojdunsexual repressionand mass hysteria that occurred in 17th-century France surrounding unexplained events that took place in the small town of Loudun.
Huxley uses this particular episode from history as an entry into a larger discussion about spiritual life. In this two-volume selection of Ursula K. The illness occasions a good deal of sensible talk about the importance of accepting nature instead of expecting it to conform to our categories, but the presentation is a mistake, at least at this point in what has been a somewhat nasty book. But however great, however important for thought and technology, for social organization and behavior, the differences between then and now are always peripheral.
Open Preview See a Problem? But he made himself a hostage to fortune when, at a religious convention in. Readers come away with greater knowledge of the theories of the day as well as modern explanations of what was believed to be supernatural. Alas, the poor man has not aged well. 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.
Perhaps he was uniquely foolish in his dealings with the good people of a provincial town I doubt it. At times louduun was not unlike listening to a pop song that was momentarily thrilling to a small in-crowd. This page was last edited on 23 Juneat One is simply that it misrepresents the book.
It is to be hoped that you know rather more than you did thirty years ago, that you have become better at weighing, sifting, and measuring your thought. Huxley is not held back by their silence, but appears to welcome the chance to fill in the blanks.
It is a very focused study. In a procession originating in his own church, a Canon of Sainte-Croix had a right to walk in front of the Prior of Coussay. The romance of Soeur Jeanne, if held in the right light, assumes a comic aspect. The Devils of Loudun by Aldous Huxley. The Devils of Loudun Huxley does not overtly bash religion, but turns a cynical eye on the actions of not only the priests, nuns, and exorcists, but also of the population in general whether the poor inhabitants of Loudun or wealthy and influential of other cities.
Dec 16, Sam ,oudun rated it it was amazing. Book ratings by Goodreads. Huxley is good at inventing interesting concepts but they are interesting in spite of, not because of his writing. 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.
It is a very clever book, sometimes too clever. It is the Universe equated with the words of our utilitarian vocabulary. TOP 10 Related.
The Devils of Loudun – Huxley Aldous
This dreadful image of the parish priest is followed by another one; in this instance, however, Grandier rests in the arms of a woman. These macabre visions let Sister Jeanne, among other convent nuns, to the belief that they had been possessed by the devil, and thus to eventually confesses her visions to Father Mignon. Following, Grandier denies ever seeing Jeanne, and implores God to help her. Nonetheless, his words prove feeble as Jeanne claims that he had forced the Ursuline nuns to practice black magic. The situation becomes even more convoluted when Philippe informs Grandier that she is bearing his child. Meanwhile, the exorcisms continue now in public at St. Act 3: Grandier is held responsible for the demonical possessions of the Ursuline nuns, accused of conspiracy with the devil, and indicted for blasphemy and unchastity.
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