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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BOOK REVIEW: The Devils of Loudun by Aldous Huxley | the !n(tro)verted yogi
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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.
I have quotes too! And, if you’re NOT interested in demon possession, the tag-line will keep you from reading the book. Oliver Sacks mentions this work devuls his new book Hallucinations for its depictions of groups experiencing mass delusions.
Huxley does not over Huxley provides a very interesting summary and explanation of the events surrounding nuns possessed by the devil and the priest who was wrongly accused and burned at the stake for instigating the mayhem. alldous
Retrieved from ” https: Whether or not they’re “demons” proper is sort of beside the point. It’s lamentable for several reasons. He calls it self-transendence, and offers an in-depth discussion of some of the principles that are common to most religions. I’d say it verges on five-star territory, except that toward the end, Huxley drops the narrative more or less entirely, switches into full-strength Huxley Bloviation mode, and continues on with the bloviating for longer than necessary, which makes the book as a whole a little more exhausting to read than it needed to be.
Huxley’s work is less directly political than Miller’s — it’s more of an anthropological and psychological analysis of why people act the way they do. It deals with actual events, that’s true.
Thanks for telling us about the problem. Fascinating account of the political machinations of the church at the time of Richlieu and how witch hunts and possessions could be used as loucun to get rid of those that stood in the way of power grabs, how celibacy in religious callings led to neurosis, delusion and ultimately a failure to reach transcendence, how exorcism was seen as a public spectacle and how the egos of the “possessed” and the exor Got interested in reading this book after seeing Ken Russell’s “The Devils” the other month.
Without this, I would have given the book 5 stars, but I’m not saying his digressions lousun without merit. By thinking primarily of evil we tend, however excellent our intentions, to kf occasions for evil to manifest itself.
At one level it is the biography of Urbain Grandier, the Catholic priest so condemned. I also enjoyed how in the end he was able to bring us back to the original thesis in regard to how our decisions play a larger role in our aldois search for transcendence other than what we choose to project from our cherry picked beliefs.
The Catholic church is evil. Paperbackpages.
The Devils Of Loudun
He could have drawn generalized conclusions but, instead, he takes the more specific approach of condemning only the finding of this trial. For most of the aleous Huxley lived in Italy and an account of his experiences there can be found in ‘Along The Road’ On yet another, it is a mystery, exploring the possible motives of the main players in the drama in Huxley’s, The Devils of Loudun, reading as easily as huxey well-written novel, purports to be the true story of a seventeenth century case of witchcraft in France.
Fascinating account of the political machinations of the church at the time of Richlieu and how witch hunts and possessions could be used as tools to get rid of those that stood in the way of power grabs, how celibacy in religious callings led to neurosis, delusion and ultimately a failure to reach transcendence, how exorcism was seen as a public spectacle and how the egos of the “possessed” and the exorcists were displayed in their sordid performances.
Under Operative Witchcraft I class all charms and spells, whether used by a professed witch or professed Christian, whether intended tge good or evil, for killing or curing. Huxley is one of those authors I just did not appreciate as a young man, but have come to find with age is a writer who not only has a great lohdun and important things to say about the state of humanity and the power of the “soul”, but does so with a ov and wicked tongue stuck firmly in cheek that makes his writing as much fun as it is.
Mar 29, Laurabean rated it it was amazing. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Another important thing we see in this book is that however tempting and easy it is, it is very dangerous to trust in the infallibility of authority.
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. I confess, sometimes I skipped whole pages that I didn’t understand. Aldous Leonard Huxley was an English writer and one of the most prominent members of the famous Huxley family.
The damaging and hysterical testimony of the Mother Superior in particular, was born of the severe sexual, political, and societal constraints placed on women at the time. But looking back and up, from our vantage point on the descending road of modern history, we now see that all the evils of religion can flourish without any belief in the supernatural, that convinced materialists are ready to worship their own jerry-built creations as though they were the Absolute, and that self-styled humanists will persecute their adversaries with all the zeal of Inquisitors exterminating the devotees of a personal and transcendent Satan.