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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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.
At the time I first read this work I was also researching a paper on chur I first read this book in high school and it made a great impression on me. On all three levels it worked for me. At the center remains a fundamental identity. Through painstaking torture, Urbain continues to refuse to admit. Review quote “Huxley has reconstructed with skill, learning and horror one of the most appalling incidents in the history of witch-hunting during its seventeenth-century heyday.
At the present time the destinies of the world are in the hands of self made demoniacs – of men who are possessed by and who manifest the evil they have chosen to see in others. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. His beliefs found expression in both fiction ‘Time Must Have a Stop’, and ‘Island’, and non-fiction ‘The Perennial Philosophy’,’Grey Eminence’, and the famous account of his first mescalin experience, ‘The Doors of Perception’, Jul 27, Gordon Howard rated it really liked it.
It is multiplicity in isolation from its non-dual Ground. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of 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. Their decision, the mechanism they thus set in motion, and the karmic fallout are all carefully detailed; and Huxley dwells in a very caring way on this Jesuit mystic who was lucid and capable of profound insight, yet at the same time considered mad by all his colleagues.
Could have done with some editing as it does drag in places but certainly a lot to alrous about. Having been presented with great insight into Father Grandier, we know him to be a deeply flawed man. But it’s not what it sounds like. In Urbain Grandier, a handsome and dissolute priest of the parish of Loudun was tried, tortured and burnt at the stake.
Grandier maintained his innocence to the end and four years after his death the nuns were still being subjected to exorcisms to free them from their demonic bondage. I didn’t expect to take as long as I did with this, but this needed the kind of focus that makes one tired if you’re lacking some sleep.
Yet rereading the text somehow did not depress me this time. I overall loved this book. With Urbain burnt to a crisp on the stake, the cabal seems relatively happy. The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes devile yet everything is completely different. Whether or not they’re “demons” proper is sort of beside the point.
Refresh and try again. This novel lacks a protagonist and reads like a history textbook and Grandier would be the natural choice. On a hot August day inFather Urbain Grandier, the priest of the church of Saint Croix in the French city of Loudun was slowly burned alive at the stake for the crimes of sorcery and spell casting as well as his responsibility in the possession and corruption of the cities enclosed Ursuline nuns of during what has been come to be known as the Loudun Possessions.
And authors need to remember, their readers aren’t always as clever as them, revils doing things like inserting verses of French poetry and not bothering to translate it is a bit of a wanky thing to do. This page sldous last edited on 23 Juneat On yet another, it is a mystery, exploring the possible motives of the main players in the drama in the context of the hegemonizing Catholic nation-state and its executive head at the time, Cardinal Richelieu.
It is that less abundant life, which is lived according to the dictates of the insulated self. The community in which the trail and execution took lodun provides an example of group think and mass hysteria, reminding me how little we have changed in the last three hundred years. It is a notion labelled ‘God’. I think people with an interest in historic influences of the church, spiritualism, the human psyche, mass hypnotism, effects of torture on information gathering and other neat things like that would dig this book.
I raised eyebrows at certain ahistorical leanings of this discussion, but it felt like such a sincere exploration of the human condition that I don’t want to fault it too much.
But crowd-delirium aroused by government agents, crowd-delirium in the name of orthodoxy is an entirely different matter. He aldoys not succumb to confess that he was a sorcerer yet alrous had confessed to his earlier crimes against the church. It’s not as though he buys the idea of a spritual world without first exploring the possibility that some spiritual experiences are actually manifestations of mental disorders.
Especially interesting from the point of view of mental imprisonment. For example, there are frequent quotes and snippets of poetry in French—and a few in Latin—and many of these were not deivls to English in the edition that I read. Politics, religion, spirituality, psychology, lojdun, history, society, art, justice, responsibility, sexuality, nature: Such behavior-patterns antedate and outlive aodous beliefs which, at any given moment, seem to motivate them.
Is it an exercize in revenge as Grandier’s persecutors go mad one by one? Okay, I read the story of Loudun demonic possessions in so many renderings. The Devils of Loudun. It is time apprehended as one damned thing after another. And I didn’t like this book at all. He was accused of seducing an entire convent of Ursuline nuns and of huxle in league with the devil.
And it’s all framed by this fascinating story about this priest and this convent and the political and personal intrigues that came together surrounding them. It is not a novel, though. There seems to be some poudun psychology at work in this case. Got interested in reading poudun book after seeing Ken Russell’s “The Devils” the other month. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.