--Aldous Huxley, After Many a Summer Dies the Swan
Nick Harvill Libraries Capsule Review
Huxley, Aldous. After Many a Summer Dies the Swan.
In this strange but fascinating novel, Huxley imagines a brave new Hollywood in which a mogul and his mistress (William Randolph Hearst and Marion Davies?) begin a well-financed quest for eternal youth. There is a shocking and macabre denouement, but not before Huxley teases with a hilarious caricature of boomtown Los Angeles. Delving deep into Existentialism, he theorizes that it is only the ego craving immortality. But what if the ego is attached not to the soul but to the body? Then the quest for life after death becomes a cruel joke.