Time must have a stop

by Aldous Huxley

Hardcover, 1944




New York, Harper & Row


Sebastian Barnack, a handsome English schoolboy, goes to Italy for the summer, and there his real education begins. His teachers are two quite different men: Bruno Rontini, the saintly bookseller, who teaches him about things spiritual; and Uncle Eustace, who introduces him to life's profane pleasures. The novel that Aldous Huxley himself thought was his most successful at "fusing idea with story, " Time Must Have A Stop is part of Huxley's lifelong attempt to explore the dilemmas of twentieth-century man and to create characters who, though ill-equipped to solve the dilemmas, all go stumbling on in their painfully serious comedies (in this novel we have the dead atheist who returns in a seance to reveal what he has learned after death but is stuck with a second-rate medium who garbles his messages).… (more)

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LibraryThing member wirkman
One of Huxley's odder books, though really, that's not saying much: all are odd, and few have the stamp of NORMALCY about them.

This starts off in standard Huxley dark comedy, and then turns to an afterlife story. Well worth reading.
LibraryThing member vaellus
Halfway through this satire I realized it was futile to view it as anything but entertainment. Huxley's wallowing in trifle and snobbery bowled him over. It is unfortunate that this wasn't just one novel in a string of many depicting the same characters, because a series of novels would have made for an elevated soap opera. I would surely have gone through the whole series with gusto.… (more)
LibraryThing member TakeItOrLeaveIt
the novels Mr. Huxley wrote in the 40's take a different tone than the essays he was writing at the time. it is clear that fiction escapes him, although his flair for writing still shows. 'TIme must have a stop' is a strange combo between auto-biography and satire. It is not an exciting book like many of his others, often times I found myself losing attention. but not every novel an author writes can be great, although Aldous comes close. This one is only for hardccccore Huxley addicts, and those with a more analytical approach.… (more)


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