Eyeless in Gaza is a bestselling novel by Aldous Huxley, first published in 1936. The title originates from a phrase in John Milton's Samson Agonistes: Written at the height of his powers immediately after Brave New World, Aldous Huxley's highly acclaimed Eyeless in Gaza is his most personal novel.
The novel focuses on the life of socialite Anthony Beavis, but it does so by employing a non-chronological structure. It juxtaposes four periods of Beavis' life, from the time that he is a young boy in the 1890s up until 1936. The novel describes Beavis as he goes through school, college and various romantic affairs, while probing the meaningless lives of the upper-class during the same period. The novel depicts Beavis' own gradual disillusionment with high society, brought to a head by the suicide of his friend, he states:
"Like all other human beings, I know what I ought to do, but continue to do what I know I oughtn't to do"
He begins to search for some source of meaning in his life, which seems to be provided when he discovers pacifism and then mysticism
This is a true 20th Century classic book written by a master storyteller. It will be of interest to anyone who is interested in literature and great storytelling. This is the original Penguin edition of the novel and is in very good condition for its age with no inscriptions, annotations or highlighting. There are 2 or 3 light foxing spots to both front & rear covers and the page edges are slightly yellowed.