Huxley reads from what some critics consider his best novel. This chapter describes the passage between life and death of "Oncle Eustace," a generous and cynical art lover who does not realize he is dead. Partly inspired by The Tibetan Book of the Dead, the excerpt has a preternatural quality enhanced by the author's reading.
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ALDOUS HUXLEY (1894-1963) British-born novelist, poet, essayist, philosopher and mystic, Huxley was fascinated by the wilder margins of psychology, medicine, the occult, drugs and religion. He was a man of exceptional vision and foresight, and his breadth of learning was astounding. He wrote over 50 books, including such classics as "The Doors of Perception", "Island", and "Brave New World".
"Huxley was a scientist and artist in one, standing for all we most need in a fragmented world where each of us carries a distorting splinter out of some great, shattered, universal mirror. He made it his mission to restore these fragments" - Yehudi Menuhin...Continua