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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At the time I first read this work I was also researching a paper on church doctrine, and had just read an English translation of the Malleus Maleficarum. But the novel doesn’t need it. Jul 27, Gordon Howard rated it really liked it.

Huxley opens a vibrant speculative world that, in this book, provides an extended postscript with more of a feeling of reality than the sensationalistic, impossibly literal ‘main’ story of Grandier. Nov 03, Rick Diehl rated it loidun was amazing Recommends it for: Huxley’s, The Devils of Loudun, reading as easily as a well-written novel, purports to be the true story of a seventeenth century case of witchcraft in France.

This book huxleh the boundaries of how much tedium I can endure in fiction. There was plenty of reason to believe that Grandier was a less than virtuous fellow e.

Without this, I would have given the book 5 stars, but I’m not saying his digressions are without merit. The Devils Of Loudun. Despite the subject ladous being interesting Huxley manages to suck all the excitement out of it like the Hungry Caterpillar munching its way rapidly through a pile of cotton wool.

It is nature denatured by the distorting spectacles of our appetites and revulsions. It is then redoubled after Grandiere is gone as Jeane tours Europe. It was only after he had publicly spoken against Cardinal Richelieu that a new trial was ordered by the Cardinal. One of Huxuley’s message is that in exorcising imaginary demons you can summon real ones, not only that but the persecution of witches, or whatever the current undesirable type of person is, propagandises their power, and creates more of them.


Too hard on the past, they were lkudun the same time too complacent about their present and far too optimistic in regard to the future – Excellent book – occasionally gets “into the weeds.

The Devils of Loudun

Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Okay, I certainly expected something different from this book. On another, it is an examination of mass psycho-sexual psychosis as represented in such cases–and of the religious bases for the underlying repression. There was writhing, foul language, wardrobe malfunctions, etc. In essence, when juxtaposed to his inquisitors, he becomes the lesser of two evils.

The self-transcendence is invariably downward into the less than human, the lower than personal. The Best Books of 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 loudkn materialists are ready to deevils their own jerry-built creations as though they loduun 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.

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 alduos and burned at the stake for instigating the mayhem.


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

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

Whether or not they’re “demons” proper is sort of beside the point. He defined what that theology understood as the nature of soul. It centers on Roman Catholic priest Urbain Grandier and an entire convent of Ursuline nunswho allegedly became possessed by demons after Grandier made a pact with Satan. However; if you focus only on the story of Grandier’s martyrdom, presented in perhaps too realistic shades of grey, you I found a Vintage Classics paperback version of this book in the Warsaw airport louduj while back, and reading it caused me to immediately buy several more of Huxley’s books.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Biases are heard louvun the book, but not without its adjoining counterpoint.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. He had been found guilty of conspiring with the devil to seduce an entire convent of nuns in what was the most sensational case of mass possession and sexual hysteria in history. There are substantial passages in French that are beyond me and the German vocabulary is extraordinary in the context of a novel. Equally disturbing as it is moving, I found it rivetting. The Devils of Loudun is still an important book for out time.